Michigan State House District 48
Jennifer Conlin was born and raised in Washtenaw County, part of the district in which she is now running for State Representative. From an early age, she learned from her family the importance of civic engagement. Her parents volunteered their services to countless organizations, even founding a school in the 1960s that is still flourishing to this day.
She attended the University of Michigan and Northwestern University for her graduate degree in journalism. She has now been a journalist for 30+ years, writing hundreds of news and feature articles from all over the world (she lived abroad for 20 years, primarily writing for The New York Times). For the last 12 years, she has been covering Michigan, writing about small business, tourism, healthcare, arts and culture, and economic development. She also started and ran a citizen journalism arts project in Detroit and throughout Washtenaw County, giving voice to the cultural life of diverse communities. She has served on boards and volunteered for educational initiatives in the Ann Arbor area as well.
She is a wife, mother, daughter, and caregiver and lives in a multigenerational home. Though her father died in October 2019, and her three children are now grown and launched, her 88-year-old mother still lives with her, along with her older brother, and her two dogs.