+ − Contact Information
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+ − Biography
State Representative Phil Cavanagh is serving his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 10, which comprises Redford Township and a portion of the city of Detroit.
Before coming to the House, Cavanagh served four terms as a Wayne County commissioner, where he worked to improve the delivery of mental health services throughout the county, especially focusing on services provided to children. He served as an appointee to the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, where he helped balance the agency’s budget. Cavanagh was also a member of the commission’s Committee on Health and Human Services, which is responsible for oversight of public health services throughout the county, and the Committee on Ways and Means, which is responsible for oversight of the county budget. Cavanagh also served as an appointee to the Wayne County Land Bank Authority, which focused on economic development.
Cavanagh earned a bachelor’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in accounting from Aquinas College, and a master’s in business administration and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Cavanagh also completed the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) and the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Cavanagh is a practicing attorney and has won numerous awards for his service to the community, including “Child Advocate of the Year” in 2008 from Vista Maria, Michigan’s largest nonprofit residential and community-based treatment agency for abused and neglected girls.
Cavanagh is the proud father of twin daughters, Erin and Veronica, who graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Mary, who is a senior at Wayne State University.