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Hamtramck’s state representative remembered for his dedication

State Rep. Isaac Robinson (right) died last Sunday. He is seen here holding anti-pollution rally in Hamtramck City Hall.



By Charles Sercombe
State Rep. Isaac Robinson, a champion of environmental rights, died last Sunday.
The suspected cause is COVID-19. He was 44 years old, and was in his first term.
According to media reports, Robinson, a Democrat, had been ill for several days, but despite the urging of this mother Rose Mary Robinson, he refused to go to the hospital.
He finally went last Sunday morning to Detroit Receiving Hospital, but died a few hours later after being admitted.
Robinson recently lead the charge against US Ecology, located about a mile east of Hamtramck’s border, being permitted to handle fracking waste, some of which environmentalists said was radioactive.
The plant was allowed to handle that waste despite community-wide protests against it.
Robinson was an attorney and followed in the foot steps of his mother, who had served in the state legislature for the same 4th District Robinson represented. The district includes Hamtramck and part of Detroit.
She was termed out of office two years ago, and that’s when Isaac campaigned for the seat. Prior to running for the office, Robinson was often by his mother’s side at events during her six years in office.
Robinson had many friends and supporters in Hamtramck.
Local officials and residents were in shock about his passing.
“Isaac was tireless, passionate, full of the fire of life and committed heart and soul to the public good,” said Mayor Karen Majewski. “This is a tremendous loss for everyone. Our deepest condolences to his mother, former State Rep. Rose Mary Robinson.”
Hamtramck Public Schools Superintendent Jaleelah Ahmed praised Robinson’s dedication to the district he served.
“He was a passionate and dedicated leader, he made every effort to build and maintain relationships with the members of both communities, businesses and school districts,” said Ahmed in a press release.
“While he was taken from us far too soon, many can attest to the fact that Representative Robinson made a difference in the lives of many people.”
City Manager Kathy Angerer, who at one time served in the state legislature, had known Robinson for years and counted him as a friend.
“This is devastating to Hamtramck and me personally. I have known him as a friend since 2004. I don’t know another legislator who worked as hard for their community as he did. A tireless advocate who invited everyone to fight with him for justice for all,” Angerer said.
Sharon Buttry, a resident, worked closely with Robinson on his many environmental concerns.
“Representative Isaac Robinson gave 100% of his heart and talent to the community. He championed unpopular environmental and grassroots causes that no one else would touch,” Buttry said.
“His concern and leadership on behalf of those most vulnerable was always front and center. He will be greatly missed, and many like myself lost a great personal friend today as well. I wish all possible comfort and peace to his mother, our dear former Representative, and all the family.”
Tony Liggett, a resident, said Robinson, unlike a number of other elected officials, was the real deal.
“Isaac was one of those people who looked you in the eye and listened, really listened, to what you had to say. I was impressed from the moment I met him. And he gave his all for our community,” Liggett said.
Besides his mother, Robinson is survived by his father, Roger, and sister, Sarah.
Posted March 31, 2020

4 Responses to Hamtramck’s state representative remembered for his dedication

  1. Roadman

    March 31, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    The viral outbreak that may have a link to Isaac Robinson was a March 6th birthday party at the Wayne County Sheriff Department that resulted in many of the celebrants to later test positive for the COVID-19 virus. A WCSD commander at that festivity later died of his coronavirus infection.

    Michigan House Democrat Tyrone Carter – a close colleague of Representative Robinson – attended that 3/6 party and was a former WCSD lieutenant. Carter believes he likely acquired COVID-19 at that party and later became the first member of the Michigan House to confirm having been infected by the coronavirus.

    Rep. Carter was in close quarters with Michigan House members until March 17th – which was the last date the state house convened for business. His declared diagnosis resulted in warnings to members of the Michigan Legislature and their respective staffs regarding possible exposure.

  2. Roadman

    March 31, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    The State of Michigan Constitution of 1963 at Article V Section XIII prescribes that the Governor shall call a special election to fill a vacancy in the Michigan Legislature.

    Governor Whitmer needs to order such an election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Robinson so someone shall serve the remainder of his term expiring on January 1, 2021.

  3. Nasr Hussain

    April 1, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    If there is a vacancy in the Michigan State Legislature, the governor must call for a special election to fill the vacancy.
    When conducting a special election, the election should be held whenever the next general election is scheduled. If the vacancy happens after the statewide primary election, the leaders of the respective party organizations in the district can submit a list of nominees to be voted on by party leadership.

  4. Resident

    April 1, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I met Isaac Robinson for the first time in 2012 when he was campaigning for his mother. I had the privilege of meeting him several times since then. He was an amazing person, very down to earth, and every time we talked, it seemed like we had known each other for years. His premature death certainly will leave a void in this community. Rest in peace State Representative!!!


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