MI List Endorses: Dian Slavens
Before joining the Michigan House of Representatives in 2009, Dian Slavens worked as a respiratory therapist for more than 20 years in southeast Michigan hospitals. Her experience gave her a firsthand look at how families are hurt when they don’t have access to affordable health care.
As State Representative, Dian is working to ensure that all Michigan’s residents – especially children and seniors – get the health care they deserve. Dian has championed legislation to hold health care professionals accountable when they engage in harmful and unethical medical practices. She also led a crackdown on elder abuse by strengthening consumer protections for seniors and increasing penalties for those who financially exploit, abuse or neglect them.
Dian is also fighting for aggressive job creation strategies that take advantage of Michigan’s manufacturing expertise and highly skilled work force to help make the state a leader in advanced battery technology.
In addition, Dian is working to make state government more efficient and accountable to our residents. She sponsored a plan to end taxpayer-funded lifetime health care for state lawmakers to ensure that our elected officials share in the sacrifice that Michigan families are facing everyday.
Dian is a long-time active community member, volunteering at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, as a Sunday School teacher at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Canton Township as a Girl Scout leader for the Huron Valley Council.
She has lived in Canton Township for more than 20 years and holds an associate degree in applied science and certification as a respiratory therapist from Oakland Community College.
Dian and her husband Mark Slavens, a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, have three children, Damey, Patrick, and Molly, and one grandson Evan.