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 76)
Flint, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Virginia
(m. June 20, 1964); (div. April 15, 1986)
Relations Susan Steiner Bolhouse, partner, 2000 -
Alma mater Harvard University
Princeton University

Bill Ballenger (born 28 March 1941) was the editor of Inside Michigan Politics a newsletter of Michigan Politics until January 2016. He previously served as a Republican member of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate.[1] In March 2016, he founded The Ballenger Report political blog, followed by a weekly podcast.

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 Archived December 31, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.