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Meet the youngest person ever elected to Michigan's Legislature

21-year-old Jewell Jones, of Inkster, will represent the 11th District

INKSTER, Mich. – An Inkster man is making history after becoming the youngest state representative in the state of Michigan.

Jewell Jones made history in 2015 when he was selected as the youngest member ever to hold a position on the Inkster city council.

Now at 21 years old, Jones has been elected as the State Representative for the 11th district. He is taking the place of Julie Plawecki, who passed away suddenly this year. Her daughter was serving in her place.

"It caught us off guard (Plawecki's death), but the Democratic Party chose us as the replacement," Jones said. "We are breaking barriers, trying to open this pipeline for other young people to maneuver into those kinds of offices."

Jones is currently a senior at U of M Dearborn.

"I am studying political science and business studies, also in the army ROTC program and besides that, I'm a senior deacon at the church," he said.

Jones has a lot of plans for his new role and wants to focus on strengthening families and encouraging small business start ups.

Jones will resign from his city council position in December and will begin his role as a State Representative on Jan. 1.

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