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Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan

Garlin Gilchrist II is the lieutenant governor for the State of Michigan. Gilchrist has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve everyday problems for Detroiters, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public.

Bringing Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century is a top priority for Gilchrist. He studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later served as a software engineer at Microsoft Corp., helping to build SharePoint into the fastest-growing product in the company’s history.

He also served on the 2008 Obama campaign as the first director of New Media at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and as the national campaign director at, where he spearheaded equity and justice campaigns.

This experience led him to serve as the first director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit, where he used public data and technology to address everyday community concerns – including an app to report issues such as broken fire hydrants, potholes and broken street lights. Gilchrist’s mindset of harnessing technology to solve problems will play a critical role in crafting solutions to improve the lives of Michiganders.