Early Years

John Olumba was born at Grace Hospital in Detroit and is one of five children. He was  Baptized at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, the church of his youth. Olumba attended Atkinson, Nichols, and Chrysler Elementary Schools, Miller Middle School, and finally he graduated from Cass Technical High School where he earned varsity letters in three sports.

College and Law School

Olumba attended the University of Michigan for college and graduated with two majors, economics and political science. He was active in many organizations including the NAACP and the Black Undergraduate Law Association. Olumba’s hard work at U of M earned him admission and the Dean’s Scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University College of Law – one of the top law schools for students interested in public service, community, and elder law. Olumba also studied law in England at the University College of London.

Serving the Community

While finishing law school, Olumba clerked with Brookins & Wilson, a top African American law firm in Chicago. Based on this internship, Olumba decided against being an attorney (a lawyer that practices in the courts) and began using his law degree in favor of lawmaking. Olumba believes many laws are unfair as it pertains to minorities, seniors, and the poor. Olumba believes that as an executive or as a legislator he can create laws and set policy that is fair and just.

Olumba is also the vice president of Shelters of Love Inc., A homeless shelter and warming center that partners with churches to keep people without homes out of the cold during the winter months. Olumba has founded and participated in many mentorship programs and has coached boys basketball.

Olumba currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives. Where he has accomplished a number of major victories for Detroit. Olumba passed PA 143 which allows cities in financial emergencies to restructure bad debt. Olumba also authored the legislation that is allowing the new Red Wings Stadium to be built. As a legislator, Olumba initiated the investigation into the Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, placed a $4.25 million dollar amendment into the budget to remove lead from Detroit homes and has established residential schools for disadvantaged youth in the 2014 state budget.

A Man of Religious Principle

Olumba is a member of Vernon Chapel A.M.E Church and a licensed minister in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition. Pastor Charles Adams baptized Olumba in his youth at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

A Dedicated Husband and Father

John and Charsha met while at the University of Michigan and were friends for several years. After John finished law school and Charsha returned from service as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, the two were married in 2008 at Vernon Chapel Church. Olumba is the father of three daughters ages 4, 2, and 1. The couple are eagerly awaiting a new addition to the family in September – this fourth child will be the couple’s first son.


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