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Pamela Sossi

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Pamela Sossi
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Personal details
Born (1983-12-25) December 25, 1983 (age 36)
Harper Woods, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceHarper Woods, Michigan
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
OccupationAttorney
Websitewww.pamelasossi.com

Pamela Sossi (born December 25, 1983) is an American attorney based in Detroit, Michigan. She is the senior partner at The Law Office of Pamela M. Sossi, and is an occasional legal commentator on 910AM WFDF and WHPR TV33. Her practice focuses on criminal defense,[1] business litigation and civil rights litigation.[2] Sossi also serves as a public defender in Harper Woods and Detroit.[3]

Sossi was elected as the Michigan Democratic Party Precinct Delegate for Precinct 4, Harper Woods on August 2, 2016.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pamela Sossi was born and raised in Harper Woods, Michigan. She is the daughter of Michael Sossi, a UAW/Chrysler electrician,[5] and Marlene, a restaurateur. Sossi's family has owned Roma Cafe, the oldest Italian restaurant in Detroit, since 1919.[6]

Education[edit]

A 2002 graduate of Harper Woods High School, Sossi received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.[citation needed] In 2007, Sossi began working on her master's degree in Secondary Education and Teaching, also at the University of Michigan. In 2011, Sossi received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Sossi clerked for Bodman PLC, where she worked in the Banking and Real Estate section for five years. In law school, she served as the judicial law clerk for United States District Court judge, Patrick Duggan.[8]

Sossi passed the Michigan Bar Exam in October 2011, and shortly thereafter started her own business, The Law Office of Pamela Sossi, PLLC.[9] She has recovered over a million dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients, and has been named a "Top 10 Under 40" Attorney[by whom?] and listed as one of the "10 Best Female Attorneys"[by whom?] for both criminal law and personal injury law.[10] In both 2016 and 2017, Sossi was named a "Michigan Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.[11]

Political career[edit]

2016 Primary Election[edit]

In 2016, Sossi ran against incumbent State Representative Brian Banks, for the Democratic nomination in the 1st District in the Michigan House of Representatives.[12] The 1st District includes Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores and a portion of northeast Detroit.[13] Sossi's campaign was endorsed by the Detroit Free Press,[14] National Organization for Women,[15] Sheet Metal Workers International Association, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Michigan Retailers Association,[16] Michigan Restaurant Association[17] and the Michigan Credit Union League.[18]

During the campaign, attack pieces were mailed to voters that listed defunct Political Action Committees (PAC) in the political disclaimer required under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA).[19] The mail pieces sought to label Sossi as a Republican. Sossi is a member of the Michigan Democratic Party and a lifelong Democrat. Her boyfriend, Mike Norris, is a political consultant registered as a Republican in Florida. "My boyfriend isn't running for the seat," Sossi said.[20]

On June 28, 2016, Banks was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. Because of Banks eight previous felony convictions, he was charged as a habitual offender and could have faced life in prison if convicted of the new felonies.[21] On July 1, 2016, Banks held a rally at Bethany Christian Church, where his supporters claimed the new felony charges were unjust.[22] Detroit City Council President, Brenda Jones argued that the charges were politically driven by Attorney General Bill Schuette, in an attempt to support Sossi's bid for the Democratic nomination. Schuette denied the suggestions.[23]

Despite Banks' significant fundraising advantage, Sossi led the race throughout the night until last minute votes were reported, giving Banks a narrow victory.[24] On September 15, 2016, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson ruled that Banks used House funds or resources to mail invitations to an event promoting his campaign against Sossi, a violation of section 57 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. As a result, Banks was required to personally reimburse the Michigan House of Representatives for the materials and labor misused.[25] On February 6, 2017, 26 days into his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, Banks resigned his seat as part of a plea deal to avoid prison time.[26]

2017 Special Primary Election[edit]

On February 9, 2017, Sossi declared her intention to run in the Special Election called to fill the vacancy that would be left by Banks' resignation or incarceration.[27]

On February 16, 2017, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called a Special Election to fill the vacancy left by Banks resignation. Both the Governor and the Secretary of State's office ruled that Banks was not eligible to run for his own seat, ending speculation that he might do so. Additionally, Representative Aaron Miller filed HB 4208 to ensure that expelled or resigned former members could not run in the Special Election called because of the vacancy they caused.[28]

In April 2017, Tenisha Yancey, filed to run for the seat.[29] Detroit Mayor Duggan campaigned for Yancey,[30] citing Sossi's failure to support the Mayor's "D-insurance legislation."[31]

As she did in 2016, Sossi won more votes in the suburbs winning Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores. Unlike the 2016 Primary Election, Sossi also won Absentee Ballots.[32] However, Yancey won by a 198-vote victory, to replace Banks in the Michigan House of Representatives due to the voter registration of the District.[33]

Electoral history[edit]

2016 Michigan 1st House District Primary Election[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Banks 3,293 44
Democratic Pamela Sossi 2,618 36
Democratic Washington Youson 573 7
Democratic Keith Hollowell 507 5
Democratic Corey Gilchrist 218 2
Democratic Kameshea Amos 211 2
2017 Michigan 1st House District Primary Special Election[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tenisha Yancey 2,215 33
Democratic Pamela Sossi 2,017 30
Democratic Sandra Bucciero 956 14
Democratic Justin Johnson 615 9
Democratic Washington Youson 415 6
Democratic Keith Hollowell 150 2
Democratic Kirkland Garey 107 1
Democratic Burgess Foster 78 1
Democratic John Donahue 76 1
Democratic Gowana Mancill Jr. 45 0.6
Democratic Ronald Diebel 36 0.5

See also[edit]

  • Michigan House of Representatives
  • Michigan Democratic Party

External links[edit]


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References[edit]

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  2. "For Detroit clerk: Gilchrist; Sossi in District 1". Detroit News.
  3. "Free Press Endorsements: Sossi gets nod in House race to replace Banks". Detroit Free Press.
  4. "Free Press Endorsements: Sossi gets nod in House race to replace Banks". Detroit Free Press.
  5. "Squished By The Duggan Machine". Detroit Metro Times.
  6. "Hector Sossi: Roma Cafe owner served the people". Detroit Free Press.
  7. "District 1 candidates sound off in voter forum". C and G News.
  8. "Mayor Mike Duggan: A Fearless Political Operative". Dome Magazine.
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  12. "6 Incumbents Facing The Strongest Primary Challengers". Small Business Association of Michigan.
  13. "Two vacant seats in the state House of Reps are up for grabs in August primary elections". Detroit Free Press.
  14. "Free Press endorsements in legislative primaries". Detroit Free Press.
  15. "Endorsements 2016 Primary" (PDF). Michigan National Organization for Women.
  16. "MRA announces 'Friend of Retail' candidate designations and endorsements". Michigan Retailers Association.
  17. "House Primary Endorsement Press Release" (PDF). Michigan Restaurant Association.
  18. "Endorsed Candidates Michigan Credit Union League". Michigan Credit Union League.
  19. "The Dark Money Flows In Days Before Michigan's Primary Election". Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
  20. "Rep. Banks battles primary foes, criminal charges". Detroit News.
  21. Oralandar Brand-Williams, Chad Livengood and Jonathan Oosting (June 29, 2016). "Banks ordered not to leave state in felony case". Detroit News.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  22. "Banks resigns after pleading guilty to misdemeanor". C and G News.
  23. "Backers defend Rep. Banks despite felony charges". Detroit News.
  24. "Despite legal challenges, Brian Banks wins primary fight". Lansing State Journal.
  25. "Michigan Bureau of Elections Conclusion Investigation MCFA" (PDF). Michigan Secretary of State.
  26. "Michigan Rep. Brian Banks used his seat as a plea bargaining chip, and justice was denied". Michigan Radio.
  27. "Banks pleads to misdemeanor, resigns Michigan House seat". Grosse Pointe News.
  28. "Snyder calls election; officials say Banks can't run". Detroit News.
  29. "2017 Candidate Listing". Michigan Secretary of State.
  30. "Candidates for Brian Banks' Seat Talk Character and Corruption". WDET.
  31. "Squished By The Duggan Machine". Detroit Metro Times.
  32. "Shores primary marked by unusually low voter turnout". C and G News.
  33. "Yancey on her way to November election in a race to replace former Rep. Brian Banks". Detroit Free Press.
  34. "Election Summary Report Primary Election - August 2nd, 2016". Michigan Department of State. August 2, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  35. "Election Summary Report Primary Special Election - August 8th, 2017". Michigan Department of State. August 8, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.


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