a State Representative and
a Wayne County Commissioner
Dearborn's State Representative in November of 1998.
He had run for
the office earlier, in 1996, after a long career
as editor of the Dearborn Press & Guide. He lost
in the 1996 election to the incumbent representative.
incumbent unable to run again in 1998 because of term limits, Gary
ran for and won the open seat. He began a 2-year
term in January of 1999.
Gary won a
second term in November 2000. That term began in January of 2001.
unopposed in his election for a third term, which began in January of
2003. He was the only representative in the 110-member state House to
be unopposed that year.
Gary was unable
to seek re-election to the state House in 2004 due to term limits. He
ran for the for the Wayne County Commission, winning the seat that
represents Dearborn, Allen Park and Melvindale. He won re-election in
2006, in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
the Jan. 2001 swearing-in ceremony for his second term, State Rep.
Gary Woronchak is joined by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth
Weaver (left) and his wife, Vivian.
Woronchak, 57, was raised in Dearborn, educated in Dearborn, has
raised his own family in Dearborn and has spent most of his career
working in Dearborn.
was raised on Alice Street on the city's southwest side, where his
father, Alex, a Ford Motor Co. retiree, still resides.
education was entirely Dearborn-based. He attended Whitmore-Bolles
Elementary and Edison Junior High, graduated in 1973 from Edsel Ford
High School, attended Henry Ford Community College and then graduated
with a B.A. degree in political science from the University of
Michigan-Dearborn in 1978.
Gary spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper business. Prior to his
election to the state Legislature in 1998, he was the managing editor
of The Daily Tribune, a 20,000-circulation daily newspaper based in
Royal Oak and serving southeast Oakland County. He had held that
position since May 1997. But his professional roots are deep in
Dearborn. He was editor of the Dearborn Press & Guide, a
twice-weekly newspaper serving Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, for 16
years (until April 1996) and worked at the newspaper for 23 years.
he was host of Mayor Michael Guido's monthly call-in cable TV show,
"The Mayor's Forum," for 10 years, and before that hosted
"Capitol Connection," an issues-oriented call-in cable TV
show with then-Rep. Bill Runco.
is married to Vivian, a controller for a Downriver manufacturing
firm. Their daughter, Diana, is a graduate of Henry Ford Community College.
is a member of the Dearborn Optimist Club and the Dearborn Elks.