8-time felon wins state House seat in Michigan

Detroit Democrat Brian Banks picked up roughly 68% of vote in Tuesday's election

Published On: Nov 07 2012 07:32:58 AM EST
Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing
DETROIT -

An eight-time felon convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud between 1998 and 2004 has won a state House seat in Michigan.

Detroit Democrat Brian Banks picked up roughly 68 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. He said he talked about his past during the campaign with voters in Michigan's 1st House District, which includes parts of Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores.

With no incumbent running, Banks beat four other Democrats in the primary. In the general election he faced Republican Dan Schulte, a Grosse Pointe Shores city councilman, who got 32 percent.

Election Results: Michigan House District 1

Banks wouldn't be the first with a criminal past in the Legislature. State Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, pleaded no contest in a 1993 armed robbery at age 19.