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|Schuette giving his inauguration speech in Lansing|
|53rd Attorney General of Michigan|
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Mike Cox|
|Judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals|
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2009
|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 35th district
January 1, 1994 – December 31, 2002
|Succeeded by||Michelle McManus|
|Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture|
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1994
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th district
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Donald J. Albosta|
|Succeeded by||Dave Camp|
October 8, 1953 |
|Political party||Republican Party|
Schuette was born in Midland, Michigan, where he graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School in 1972. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and in 1976 graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Foreign Service. He also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979. Schuette was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1979.
Schuette was elected Attorney General in 2010. Schuette received 53% of the vote to 41% for longtime Democratic prosecutor David Leyton.
Schuette was a delegate to the Michigan Republican conventions in 1972, 1974, and 1982.
In November 1984, at the age of 31, Schuette defeated incumbent Democrat Donald J. Albosta for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 10th congressional district. Schuette was re-elected to the two succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1985 until January 3, 1991. He did not seek re-election in 1990, but unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democrat Carl Levin for his seat in the United States Senate. While in Congress, Schuette served on the House Budget Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Select Committee on Aging.
In January 1991, Schuette was named by then-Governor John Engler as the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, where he served until 1993. While director, Schuette and his wife Cynthia created the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fund drive to help feed hungry people throughout the state. Joining with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has raised more than $4 million and 6 million pounds of food over a 12-year period.
In November 1994, he was elected to the Michigan Senate from the 35th District, where he served until 2003. In 2001, Schuette was selected by President George W. Bush to be his personal representative to Australian-American Friendship Week in Australia.
In November 2002, he was elected a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. His term expired January 1, 2009.
In 2008, Michigan voters considered a ballot initiative to establish a medical marijuana program for registered patients with qualifying conditions. Schuette served as a spokesperson for a group opposed to the proposed law. The proposal was approved by a 2-1 margin statewide and by a majority of voters in all 83 counties in the state.
After leaving the judiciary, Schuette worked for Warner, Norcross & Judd, one of Michigan's largest law firms.
On November 2, 2010, Schuette won the election to become Michigan Attorney General.
In September 2011, petition language to recall Schuette was approved by Midland County authorities, allowing the circulating of recall petitions. Among the grievances cited are his attempts to undermine the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 2008.
Schuette has also been a member of the following boards and organizations:
- Vice President of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
- Trustee of the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
- Member of the Board of Trustees of Albion College and the Visiting Committee of the Gerald R. Ford Institute at Albion College
- Board member of the Education Freedom Fund
As attorney general, Schuette is entitled to the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life. However, this was a title that he already received through his election as a member of Congress, a member of the Michigan Senate and a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Bill Schuette at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- The Political Graveyard
- Fourth District Judges
- AG-elect Bill Schuette announces transition team - Chicago Tribune, 5 November 2010
- Michigan's, Official Website. "Biography of Attorney General". Retrieved 11/27/2012.
- "Is marijuana good medicine?". the Detroit Free Press. 2008-10-25.
|Michigan Attorney General
|United States House of Representatives|
Donald J. Albosta
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th congressional district