George Cushingberry Jr.
was born on January 6, 1953, to Edna and George Cushingberry. He is a 1971 graduate of Detroit Cass Technical High School. George earned a bachelors and a master's degree in Political Science, Urban Politics, Policy, and Administration from Wayne State University. In 1991 Mr. Cushingberry earned his Jurist Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Elected in 1975, Cushingberry became the youngest person to serve in the Michigan State House, where he served until 1982. After leaving the House, he became a member of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, where he served for sixteen years. Mr. Cushingberry ran for the 8th District in the House of Representatives in 2004, nearly thirty years after first being elected to that office. He was re-elected in again 2006 with 97% of the vote. After being elected Mr. Cushingberry was appointed the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee until 2010. After an unsuccessful run for State Senator, Mr. Cushingberry ran for City Council representing District 2 in Northwest Detroit winning by over %50 of the districts voters. Mr. Cushingberry was elected President Pro-Tempore of the City Council in 2014 and appointed Chairman of the Budget, Finance and, Audit Committee.
He is an associate pastor at Northwest Unity Baptist Church in Detroit. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and hosts the “Northwest Unity Prospector Reveals", on radio station WDRJ 1440 AM, Detroit MI from 2:30 - 3:30 every Saturday. He is also a practicing Attorney in the following areas family law, commercial litigation(Business Law), bankruptcy, criminal defense and, owner of The Law Firm of George Cushingberry and Associates.
George Cushingberry is married to Maria Hazel Drew Cushingberry and they have two children, George III and Brandon.