Frank, a lifelong resident of Allen Park, is serving his first term as State Representative for the 13th District. As a successful small business owner and a former school board president he has been committed to serving the people of his community with passion, integrity, and experience.
From an early age, Frank was a driven and dedicated worker. At 16 years old, he joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and began working at Farmer Jack supermarkets. He continued working there while earning his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
In 2001, he and his wife, Nina, decided to pursue their dreams of opening a small business. Together, with hard work and perseverance, they made it through the Great Recession and have successfully owned and operated Liberati’s Italian Deli and Bakery for 14 years. As a small business owner Frank knows how important it is for businesses—big and small—to invest in our communities. With his strong work ethic and business experience he plans to continue to lead the
discussion on how best to bring new jobs to Michigan and develop a diversified economy that works for all.
Since his youngest son, Antonio, was diagnosed with the genetic disorder Fragile X Syndrome as an infant, Frank and his wife have become strong advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities. In fact, his commitment to advocacy is what propelled Frank to run for the Allen Park Board of Education in 2004, where he served as president from 2006-2012. Against many hardships, Frank left the school district in a strong financial position and he is
determined to use his background and proven track record to improve student academic results for all of Michigan’s students.
Since taking office, Frank has become a leading voice in bringing disability issues to the forefront of policy discussions in Lansing. He co-founded the bipartisan legislative Disability Awareness Caucus and served as a member of the statewide Special Education Reform Task Force. Furthermore, he has also been instrumental in reforming the use of physical restraints and seclusion on children in schools—practices that have been outlawed for years in prisons and mental health facilities.
Additionally, Frank is a member of the Progressive Women’s Caucus where he has strongly advocated for equal pay, maternity leave, and reproductive rights. As an advocate for strong local control, he has introduced legislation to reform the Emergency Manager law. Furthermore, he has co-sponsored legislation that would fix our roads and crumbling infrastructure responsibly as well as provide 95% of Michigan working families with a tax break. Currently, Frank lives in Allen Park with his wife and three sons Nick, Angelo, and Antonio.