Mike Bishop (politician)

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Mike Bishop
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceding Mike Rogers
13th Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 1, 2007  December 31, 2010
Preceded by Ken Sikkema
Succeeded by Randy Richardville
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 1, 2003  December 31, 2010
Preceded by Alan Sanborn
Succeeded by Jim Marleau
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
January 1, 1999  December 31, 2002
Preceded by Penny Crissman
Succeeded by John Garfield
Personal details
Born Michael Dean Bishop
(1967-03-18) March 18, 1967
Almont, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cristina Bishop
Children 3
Residence Rochester Hills, Michigan
Alma mater Michigan State University College of Law
University of Michigan
Profession Attorney
Religion Congregationalist[1]

Michael Dean "Mike" Bishop (born March 18, 1967) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and the Michigan State Senate from 2002 to 2010 where he served as majority leader.[2]

Early life, education, and career

A graduate of Rochester Adams High School, Bishop graduated with honors from University of Michigan in 1989. He then went on to earn his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Bishop is also a licensed real estate broker and has owned two local real estate businesses, Freedom Realty, Inc. and Pro Management, Inc. Bishop is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, District of Columbia Bar, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Oakland County Bar Association, Michigan Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. He served on the Municipal Law and Business Law committees of the Oakland County Bar Association and is a member of the National Association of Sportsmen Legislators. Following his time in the Michigan Legislature, Bishop worked as Chief Legal Officer for International Bancard Corporation and taught at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[3]

Michigan legislature

Bishop served in the Michigan State House from 1999 to 2002 representing the 45th District. He was subsequently elected to the State Senate in 2002 representing the 12th District, a seat which was previously held by his father, Donald Bishop, and serving until 2010 when term limits prevented him from re-election. He ran for Oakland County prosecutor in 2012, but lost to Democratic incumbent Jessica R. Cooper.

Before his time as majority leader, Bishop was chosen to be chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and vice chairman of both the Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee. During his four-year tenure in the Michigan House, he served as vice chairman of the Commerce Committee.

While Mike Bishop was Senate Majority Leader a bill to create the Gordie Howe International bridge as a companion to the Ambassador bridge came to him for determination to put it to the Senate floor for a vote. Corporate and business interests were strongly in favor of the bill which would partner with Canada to pay for the bridge. Despite promising to put the bill on the floor for a vote Bishop reneged, according to former Michigan Governor and ambassador to Canada Jim Blanchard. The project would create tens of thousands of jobs. He had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Matty Maroun, the owner of the Ambassador bridge, who wanted to build the bridge himself next to the Ambassador bridge which would have certainly created massive bottlenecks. Governor Snyder, once elected, found another way to make the deal however and the project continued without Bishop's support. [4][5][6] List of organizations in support of the bridge.[7] Bishop's position on federal funding for the project is discussed below.

U.S. House of Representatives

Before being elected to the US House of Representatives he vowed to vote to block the Gordie Howe International bridge. The Livingston Daily reported "A proposal for the federal government to fund a U.S. customs center has stalled. If elected, Bishop said he wouldn't support federal funding of the customs center." [8]



On November 4, 2014, Bishop defeated Democratic challenger Eric Schertzing for Michigan's 8th congressional district.[9] Bishop was sworn in on January 6, 2015. Shortly after being sworn in, he voted for John Boehner as Speaker.[10]


Bishop is running for re-election in 2016. He is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Two Democrats, actress Melissa Gilbert and Linda Keefe, have filed to run in the Democratic primary election.[11]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Bishop, a resident of Rochester, Michigan, is married and has three children.[12]


  1. "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. 2009–2010 Michigan Manual: State Senator Michael D. Bishop
  3. "About". Congressman Mike Bishop. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. Lessenbury, J. (2014, October 22). Mike Bishop about to become Matty Moroun's man in Congress. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-bishop-about-become-matty-morouns-man-congress#stream/0
  5. Lessenberry, J. (2014, October 29). Politics and Prejudices: Matty Moroun's very own congressman. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/politics-and-prejudices-matty-morouns-very-own-congressman/Content?oid=2263345
  6. News Hits staff. (2010, November 24). Bridge brigade. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/bridge-brigade/Content?oid=2150514
  7. Supporting the New International Trade Crossing and Public Private Partnership Legislation https://www.michigan.gov/documents/buildthisbridge/nitc_p3_supporters_05232012_389249_7.pdf
  8. Behnan, C. (2014, October 19). Bridge funding, Obamacare separate Schertzing, Bishop in 8th Congressional race. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/politics/elections/michigan/2014/10/19/bridge-funding-obamacare-separate-schertzing-bishop-th-congressional-race/17592777/
  9. Bishop defeats Schertzing for 8th District congressional race, detroitnews.com; accessed November 30, 2014.
  10. "Speaker John Boehner is reelected: How Michigan's delegation voted". MLive.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  11. Peal, Wayne (April 18, 2016). "Gilbert, Bishop spar over finances". Livingston Daily. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  12. Fritz Klug (January 2, 2015). "Mike Bishop ready to take Michigan legislative experience to Washington DC". Mlive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Rogers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th congressional district

January 3, 2015  present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Don Beyer
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Rod Blum

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