Who is Ken Darga?
Ken Darga is a moderate Democrat who is running for Congress in Michigan's 8th District (Ingham County, Livingston County, and northern Oakland County). He believes that Congress should develop policies that address objectives and concerns of liberals and conservatives at the same time.
He is an economist with two Master's degrees from the University of Michigan:
- a degree in Social Policy and Administration
- a degree in Economics (with a major in Economic Demography and a minor in Econometrics).
He has thirty-five years of public policy experience:
- He was Michigan's State Demographer for twenty-two years until retiring to run for Congress. He spent his career developing and analyzing data and helping state agencies, legislators, the Governor's office, journalists, and other analysts to understand demographic and economic data and use it appropriately.
- For the first thirteen years of his professional career he was a health system economist in the Michigan Department of Management and Budget.
- Prior to completing his education he worked for the Michigan Department of Labor, a food co-op, a gas station, a social service agency, the Fuller Brush company, a health clinic, a home health agency, libraries, and restaurants.
He is the author of two books on the census and he has served for seven years on the national steering committee of the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates.
His background and personality are closer to what you would expect in a congressional staff member than what you would expect in a member of Congress. (That is a good thing--the federal government might function more effectively if many members of Congress could be replaced by members of their staffs.)
He grew up in Birmingham, attended high school in Detroit, and lives in Lansing with his wife of twenty-eight years. He is the father of two adult sons.