Mike Bishop (Michigan politician)
Michael D. Bishop
|13th Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate|
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Ken Sikkema|
|Succeeded by||Randy Richardville|
|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 12th district
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
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Penny Crissman|
|Succeeded by||John Garfield|
March 18, 1967 |
|Alma mater||Detroit College of Law
University of Michigan
Bishop, of Rochester, Michigan, was elected to the Senate after two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He was sworn into office in January 2003 to represent the 12th District constituency, a seat which was previously held by his father, Donald Bishop.
The 12th District encompasses the communities of Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Lake Angelus, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Rochester and Rochester Hills, and the townships of Addison, Independence, Oakland, Orion and Oxford. Before his time as majority leader, Bishop served as assistant majority leader. He 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.
A 1989 honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Bishop received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1993, and is a partner in his own Oakland County law firm. He is also a licensed real estate broker and owner of 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, Washington, D.C., 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. He is an avid fisherman and hunter and strongly supports second amendment rights.
Bishop currently resides in Rochester with his wife, Cristina, and his three children, Benjamin, Gabriella and Nathan.
Michigan's term limits prohibited Bishop from seeking re-election in 2010 to the Senate.
He ran for Prosecutor of Oakland County in 2012 but lost to Democratic incumbent Jessica R. Cooper. He was speculated to challenge incumbent Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder in the Republican primary in 2014 but he has ruled out doing so.
- 2009-2010 Michigan Manual: State Senator Michael D. Bishop
- "Former Michigan GOP Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop: 'I'm not running for governor'". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.