André L. Spivey serves on the Detroit City Council having first been elected citywide in November of 2009. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2017 and serves as the Councilperson for District 4. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Budget Finance and Audit Committee and Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Services Committee. He also represents the City Council on the Detroit Zoological Society Board of Directors.
In addition to his committee assignments, he has served as the chair of the 2010 Census Taskforce, the M.O.O.V.E. Taskforce which addressed childhood obesity and the Co-Chair of the Black Male Engagement Taskforce and the Immigration Taskforce.
Councilman Spivey is a native of Detroit and graduate of Cass Technical High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate Wayne State Law School in Detroit. In 2008, through the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Councilman Spivey completed a three-year Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Fellowship sponsored by the Lily Foundation.
He is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served the A.M.E. Church in Southern Africa and has represented the A.M.E. Church for the World Council of Churches, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as a pastor of several A.M.E. Churches in Michigan including Pleasant Valley A.M.E. Church in Belleville, Saunders Memorial A.M.E. Church in Detroit and St. Paul A.M.E. Church near downtown Detroit where he served for fourteen years.
Prior to his time on the City Council, Councilman Spivey was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Detroit School Board Transition Team. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano also appointed him to serve on the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation.
In addition to his appointments, Councilman Spivey is involved in several community and civic organizations. He has served on the board for Habitat for Humanity - Detroit, the International Detroit Black Expo, Mack Alive and the Detroit Omega Foundation Incorporated (DOFI). He is an active member of the Morehouse College Alumni Association-Detroit Chapter, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., UNCF and the NAACP.
Councilman Spivey has been married since 2000 to Shema Spivey, who is a Chemical Engineer. They have two children, a son André II and a daughter Kendall, both in high school.