University Bio - Hansen Clarke

Hansen Clarke

Adjunct Professor

Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: N/A
Phone: (313) 965-9900


  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Cornell University, 1984


Congressman Hansen Clarke represented the 13th Congressional District of Michigan for the 112th Congress.  He previously served in the Michigan Senate and Michigan House of Representatives.

Congressman Clarke was born, raised, and currently lives with his wife on Detroit's east side.  As a member of Congress, he worked toward a vision for America where every person has a fair chance to reach his or her potential.  Clarke is the only child of an African-American mother from Detroit and immigrant father from India, now Bangladesh. 

Rep. Clarke led the effort in Congress to cut student loan debt for millions of Americans by authoring the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.  This bill inspired a national movement, including a petition supporting his legislation that received more than one million signatures. 

Clarke fought foreclosures to save family homes and neighborhoods.  He established himself as one of the nation's strongest advocates for struggling homeowners and distressed communities with the Save Our Neighborhoods Act, a bill that would allow many homeowners to stay in their homes by suspending the foreclosure process and reducing their mortgage principal.

Hansen championed initiatives to increase investment in the City of Detroit which resulted in millions of dollars of federal assistance being awarded to the city and the region. 

He won approval in Congress to increase funding to improve nutrition for low-income families, provide housing for homeless veterans, and better equip and staff local police, fire, and emergency medical providers to bolster homeland security.

Clarke worked to reduce crime and restore hope by addressing the urgent crisis of illiteracy among African-American and Hispanic men.  He co-authored a bipartisan resolution initiating national action for literacy.  Rep. Clarke also introduced the first federal legislation to "Ban the Box,” which would prohibit unfair discrimination against job applicants with certain criminal backgrounds.


Local Government Law (3460)