Biography

Henry Yanez is a native Detroit-er born August 28th, 1957. The youngest of six children, he is the son of an autoworker father, Joseph, a 48 year employee of the Ford Motor Company and proud member of UAW local 600, and his mother Josephine. Both parents were children of “the Great Depression” and worked multiple jobs during World War Two. They passed on the valuable lessons of those difficult times to their children, lessons that Henry has carried with him through his life and passed on to his children.

Henry graduated High School in 1975 from Madison High in Madison Heights,Mi. He worked various jobs after high school and is no stranger to punching a time clock or bagging a lunch. He has worked as a machine tool electrician and was a member of both the UAW and the IBEW. He also worked as a service technician, a purchasing agent and a sales account manager.

In 1985 Henry fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter when he was accepted as a member of the City of Troy volunteer fire department and served his community in that capacity for ten years. In 1991 he became an emergency medical technician through Macomb Community College and a paramedic in 1994. During this time he also attended Oakland Community College receiving associate degrees in Fire Science and General Studies.

Henry is the very proud father of two children, his son Ryan and daughter Alison. Both children are graduates of L’anse Cruese High School. Ryan graduated college from Central Michigan University and is currently studying to be a chiropractor at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Illinois. Alison is currently a senior at Central Michigan University and plans on attending nursing school when she graduates. Alison has also followed in her father’s footsteps working through school as an EMT.

In 1995 Henry became employed as a firefighter / paramedic for the City of Sterling Heights were he resides and continues to serve his community today. He is a proud member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1557.

When he is not at work Henry serves as the chair of the Michigan Democratic Party’s 10th Congressional District and volunteers for various organizations such as Clean Water Action and works events for his union local. Henry has also had the honor of serving as a delegate to the Democratic national conventions in 2004 and 2008. He is also an avid sports fan and loves to cook and travel.