Graham Diedrich grew up in Bath Township, just outside of East Lansing. He attended Haslett Public Schools with his twin sister. Raised by a single mother and close knit family, Graham was taught the important values of hard work and compassion. Brought up by a family of educators, he was exposed to the difficulties and rewards of education from an early age.
During high school, Graham was a member of the Haslett Viking Marching Band and strengthened his education by taking several Advanced Placement classes. He is appreciative of the education that was afforded to him, and today strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. It was also during this time when Graham started to become politically active. He attended the Women's March on Lansing and the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Graham also began organizing for causes related to the European refugee crisis abroad. In 2019, he received the Tom Schneider Peace Award from the Peace Education Center in recognition for his activism.
Believing that he could take his passion for policy to new levels and positively impact the lives of his community, Graham applied for and was enrolled at James Madison College at Michigan State University. This experience has taught him that college is an extremely valuable opportunity: one that should be affordable to everyone who wants it. During university, Graham was an active member of the James Madison College Student Senate: the governing student body.
It was also during this time that he met his now fiancée, Summer. Graham feels fortunate that he was able to find someone whom he will be able to love for his whole life at such an early age. Committed to their success, Graham set a goal for himself: to graduate from university in two years. Despite a worldwide pandemic, a fulltime school schedule, extracurricular demands, and a part-time job, he managed to attain his International Relations degree at the end of his second summer at Michigan State University.
After graduating from Michigan State University with his undergraduate degree, Graham now attends the university as a graduate student in the Master of Public policy program within the College of Social Sciences. In addition to his academic pursuits and organizing career, Graham is committed to his original mission of uplifting the lives of his community: the change our society for the better. Graham hopes that the voters of Michigan's 75th District will join him in ushering in a new era of bold, progressive change.