Son of a Maltese Immigrant Elected in the US


Darrin Camilleri, son of Maltese immigrant, was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives to represent District 23, after this week’s election.

“I’m excited to continue our work to protect public education, fight for working families, and finally solving some of our train problems. I want to thank each and every person who has believed in us throughout this campaign — I couldn’t have done it without you,” he said, in a post to his constituents.



Camilleri is very proud of his family’s new American story. As the son of an immigrant from Malta and a Latina, he became Michigan’s youngest latino and first-ever Maltese-American elected to the Legislature in 2016. Coming from a long line of union auto workers, he has been steadfast in his pursuit of opportunity for all communities in Michigan.


Darrin is only one of a few handful of Maltese-American who decide to take the political route in the US, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg being quite in the limelight as he was in the running to become Trump’s opponent in this year’s election.



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“I never thought I’d ever see a Maltese candidate for president. Both of our fathers were born in Malta. We talked food, the love for our island, and the origins of our families here in America,” Darrin had said when he had endorsed Pete Buttigieg.

Apart from that, Darrin Camilleri had given a compelling and powerful speech describing the importance of Maltese in both world and American history. He had also introduced House Resolution 163 to declare Sept. 19, 2019 as Maltese American Heritage Day which was approved unanimously on the floor.



From all of us at Bay, Congratulations and Awguri Darrin!

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