SOUTHFIELD, MI - Calling for a Congress that works together to solve the greatest Problems facing our nation, Michigan State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) announced his candidacy for the 14th District congressional seat.
Gregory made his announcement in Southfield, listing the many reasons he is inspired to enter the race for the 14th District, but none are more personal than that of the loss of his son Vincent Jr. three years ago at age 36 to multiple sclerosis and his struggles to find quality health care without insurance because he was denied coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Saying provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have helped his son, and Countless others like him, Gregory vowed to go to Washington to help ensure the ACA is fully funded and fully implemented.
“I want to go to Washington to fight for this right for the people of southeast Michigan who want access to medical care without the worry that because they are sick they will be denied coverage or because they might get sick they will end up bankrupt due to high medical bills.”
Gregory also said as a member of Congress, he wants to refocus the national agenda back on the pressing issues of job creation and the economy.
“Congress needs to change, needs to work together and needs to be a productive partner and not a political sideshow,” Gregory said in his remarks today.
As a former Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy, Gregory said that he will fight to better fund public safety for safer neighborhoods and stronger communities.
He also said that he wants the City of Detroit to receive its fair share of federal grants.“We will leave no dollar on the table in Washington so that Detroit emerges from bankruptcy stronger than ever and we never again see the likes of what we are experiencing today,” Gregory said.
“I will go to Washington on a mission - to work tirelessly with all sides, carve out great public policy that impacts the many and not the few special interests, and to provide a high level of committed service to the people of Southeast Michigan,” Gregory said.
As a State Legislator and Oakland County Commissioner, Gregory earned a reputation as someone who can effectively reach across the aisle to work on key issues. As a State Senator he was instrumental in the state’s recent Medicaid expansion law to help extend health care insurance to more than 470 thousand, low-income residents.
He is a 29-year veteran of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, worked at Ford Motor Co. and a Marines Corps veteran who served in Vietnam.
Gregory is married to his wife of 35 years, Yvonne. The Gregory’s have six adult children -- Lawrence, Troi, Vanessa, Vincent Jr. (deceased), Cortney and Kristen. They also have seven grandchildren -- Lawrence “Jay”, Kelsey, Elijah, Caiden, Eric, Caleb and Kaylin