Bill Ballenger

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The Honorable
Bill Ballenger
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 1, 1971 – December 31, 1974
Preceded by Emil Lockwood
Succeeded by Richard J. Allen
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 1, 1969 – December 31, 1970
Preceded by Blair G. Woodman
Succeeded by R. Douglas Trezise
Personal details
Born William S. Ballenger III
(1941-03-28) March 28, 1941 (age 74)
Flint, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Virginia
(m. June 20, 1964)
Alma mater Harvard University
Princeton University

Bill Ballenger (born 28 March 1941) is the editor of Inside Michigan Politics a newsletter of Michigan Politics. He previously served as a Republican member of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate.[1]

Ballenger was born in Flint, Michigan. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was the Robert P. & Marjorie Griffin Professor in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003 until 2007. He also served for a time as Michigan racing commissioner and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation.[2]

Ballenger was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare under Gerald R. Ford.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Ballenger, William S. III
  2. ^ Michigan Policy Network introduction to interview with ballenger