Democrat Brian Banks, an eight-time convicted felon with a rap sheet spanning several years, on Tuesday handily defeated his Republican opponent in the race to represent Michigan’s first district as a state representative, taking 68 percent of the vote.
Banks’ district includes northeast Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Point Shores.
The 35-year-old Banks was convicted of credit card fraud and writing bad checks eight times between 1998 and 2004. His latest conviction came eight years ago, when he was 27 years old.
However, Banks, who defeated Grosse Pointe Shores city councilman Republican Dan Schulte on Election Day, has insisted he has turned his life around.
Banks’ biography on his campaign website describes him as an educator, law school graduate, and community leader. Banks is currently an adjunct professor pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy, according to the website.