David Plawecki, former senator, dies at 65

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — David Plawecki, former state senator for Dearborn Heights, died Aug. 4 at the age of 65.

Plawecki served in the 12th Senate District from 1971 to 1982 and also served as the majority floor leader. He was also the youngest state senator to be elected in Michigan at 22 years old.

He was influential in the passing and creation of several state laws and bills, including the Open Meetings Act, Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act and Freedom of Information Act.

Plawecki also served as deputy director of the former state Department of Labor and Economic Growth. While in that role he created legislation to combat business tax evasion related to Michigan’s State Unemployment Tax Act and established a free employer-claimant advocacy program that provided assistance in appealing unemployment compensation claims.

Plawecki also ran for governor in 1982 but lost in the primary to Jim Blanchard, who would go on to be governor.

On Aug. 7, Gov. Rick Snyder ordered that all of the U.S. flags within the state capital complex be lowered to half-staff that day and the next in recognition of Plawecki.

“David Plawecki was a respected and accomplished legislator and public servant who helped make state government more open,” Snyder said. “On behalf of all Michiganders, I extend my most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)