Mike Bouchard

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Mike Bouchard
Mike Bouchard 2006.jpg
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 16th district
In office
Preceded by Mat Dunaskiss
Oakland County Sheriff
Assumed office
January 11, 1999
Preceded by John F. Nichols
Personal details
Born Michael J. Bouchard
April 12, 1956
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pamela
Children One daughter, two sons
Alma mater Michigan State University
Profession Law Enforcement, Politician
Website www.bouchardforgovernor.com

Michael J. "Mike" Bouchard (born April 12, 1956) is a former Republican candidate for the United States Senate and Governor of Michigan, and is the sheriff of Oakland County. Before becoming sheriff, he served in the Michigan State Senate (1991–1999) and worked as a police officer and small business owner.


Bouchard was born in Flint, Michigan. As Oakland County sheriff, Bouchard leads one of the nation’s largest sheriff’s departments with 1,200 personnel. In 2008, he was elected president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, a group of sheriffs who serve counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more.

Bouchard is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Most recently, he was inducted into the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame (2010) and also, he received the Michigan Earth Day Fest Earth Day Hero Award for his implementation of the Operation Medicine Cabinet (OMC) program at the Sheriff's Office. He also received the National Association of Counties (NACO) Award for Innovative Programs for OMC.

In 2007, Bouchard endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. Romney went on to win the primary vote in Oakland County.[1][page needed]

Bouchard ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2006. He won the Republican nomination with 60 percent of the vote, but then lost to Debbie Stabenow, the incumbent Democratic senator.

2010 Gubernatorial Race[edit]

Bouchard joined business person Rick Snyder, state Senator Tom George, Congressman Peter Hoekstra and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox as Republican candidates.

In September 2009, Bouchard announced the selection of his lieutenant governor running mate, Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.

Bouchard finished fourth out of five candidates in the primary, receiving 127,350 votes of the 1,044,925 votes cast.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 election for U.S. Senate - Republican Primary


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