Morris Hood III

Morris W. Hood III (May 21, 1965 – May 12, 2020) was an American politician who served as a member of the Michigan Senate. He represented District 3, encompassing Dearborn, Melvindale, and a portion of Detroit from 2011 to 2018.

Morris Hood III
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byIrma Clark-Coleman
Succeeded bySylvia Santana
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded byIrma Clark
Succeeded byDavid Nathan
Personal details
Born(1965-05-21)May 21, 1965
Detroit, Michigan, US
DiedMay 12, 2020(2020-05-12) (aged 54)
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsMorris Hood Jr. (father)
Raymond W. Hood (uncle)
EducationHenry Ford College
Wayne State University

Early life and educationEdit

Hood was born in Detroit. He went to Wayne State University and Henry Ford College.[1] Hood was the son of Morris Hood Jr. and the nephew of Raymond W. Hood.


Prior to his election to the Legislature, Hood was an auto technician at Ford Motor Company's Detroit Engine Fuel Tank Plant. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the House in 1998.[2] Hood was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2003, serving for three terms.[3] He was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010, also serving as the Michigan Senate Minority Floor Leader until 2018. He was unable to run for re-election due to term-limits, and was succeeded by Sylvia Santana. Hood won his father's legislative seat, as he was the son of former Michigan State Rep. Morris Hood Jr., who died in 1998. Due to term limits, Hood went to work in Wayne County administration after his stint in the Michigan State senate ended. Hood III, a widower, was survived by his second wife. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a former state lawmaker herself and colleague of Hood, called him "a dear friend and proud Detroiter dedicated to community service".[4]


Hood died on May 12, 2020, of COVID-19.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hood III
  2. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Holtan to Hooke".
  3. ^ "2013-2014 Michigan Manual: State Senator Morris Hood III" (PDF).
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  5. ^ Livengood, Chad (May 12, 2020). "Former Sen. Morris Hood III dies at 54 of COVID-19". Crains Detroit Business. Retrieved May 12, 2020.