Michigan-born attorney and labor activist. He served as president of the United Auto Workers Union from 2010-2014.
He transferred from the College of the Holy Cross to the University of Michigan, earning a degree in political science from the latter school. He later received his J.D. from the University of Detroit.
He grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the son of a Ford Motor Company employee and later worked for the company himself.
His marriage to Moe Fitzsimons produced two biological and two adopted children.
A member of the Democratic Party, he supported President Barack Obama's actions during the Ford Motor Company crisis and was a key participant in the automotive company's 2008-2009 negotiations.