Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood has been a resident of Taylor since 1976 when he was adopted by Diane (Chris) and the late Rollie Hopgood - where he currently lives with his wife, Sunhwa, and their two children. He was elected to his first term in the Michigan Senate for the 8th District on November 2, 2010 after serving six years in the Michigan House of Representatives. Senator Hopgood represents the Downriver cities of Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Riverview, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Wayne and Wyandotte. Senator Hopgood has the distinction as serving as the first Korean-American to hold state office in Michigan. Senator Hopgood was born in Inchon, South Korea on December 8, 1974.
Senator Hopgood attended Holland Elementary School, Hoover Junior High School and Truman High School where he graduated with honors in 1992. He went on to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts in 1996 while majoring in Political Science.
Senator Hopgood received an internship in the Washington, D.C. office of former Congresswoman Lynn Rivers in the summer of 1995. After graduating from the U of M, he worked for the Michigan State AFL-CIO as a Labor Coordinator during the 1996 campaigns. His candidate for state representative won in one of the closest races statewide and helped return the Michigan House to Democratic control.
At the beginning of 1997, Senator Hopgood began working for the House Democratic Policy Staff. He was able to work on a variety of legislative issues but concentrated on K-12 education. In 1999, he joined the legislative office of then State Representative Raymond Basham. While in Rep. Basham’s office, Senator Hopgood was engaged in several important legislative issues for the district, as well as the state. He also provided many constituent services for the 22nd House District.
Senator Hopgood is a member of the Michigan Democratic Party, the 15th District Democratic Party, the Democratic Club of Taylor, the University of Michigan Club of Downriver, the Asian-Pacific Americans and the Board of Directors for the Michigan Center for Civic Education. He is also a member of the Wolverine Caucus, Arts Caucus, the Children’s Caucus, the Southeast Michigan Caucus and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.
Senator Hopgood has been engaged in several volunteer efforts which included child literacy programs, holiday meal deliveries, Angel Night patrols in the city of Detroit and low-income assistance programs.
Senator Hopgood was first sent to Lansing when he was successful in a five person Primary Election for State Representative on August 6, 2002 and went on to win the General Election on November 5, 2002. While in the House, Senator Hopgood served on the Education, Energy and Technology, and the Regulatory Reform Committees. He was also a member of the Steel/Mining Caucus, the Children’s Caucus, the Capitol Speakers Bureau and on the Board of Michigan Youth in Government. In the Senate, Senator Hopgood serves on the Appropriations Committee, where he serves as the Minority Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and the K-12 School Aid and Education Appropriations Sub-Committees. He also serves as Minority Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and the Energy and Technology Committee.
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood’s late father, Rollie, served as the President of the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel. His mother, Diane, retired as the principal at Johnson Elementary School in Taylor. His brother, Jung-Hoe, lives in Tallahassee, Fl. and works as a civil engineer. His sister, Mei-Ling, is an author and a freelance reporter and writer. His mother and several other relatives live in Taylor, Michigan.