Bruce Patterson (politician)

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Bruce Patterson
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 7th district
In office
Succeeded by Patrick Colbeck
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Phyllis
Profession attorney

Bruce Patterson (born 1947) was a Republican member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 7th district from 2003-2011. His district covers parts of Wayne County.

Patterson defeated Democrat Mark Slavens in 2002 and 2006. He previously served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 1999 to 2002. He was the first freshman representative to serve as the Associate Speaker Pro Tempore. In his second term, he was elected the Majority Floor Leader.

Before being elected to the state legislature, Patterson served two terms as a Wayne County Commissioner, from 1995 to 1998. He was also an administrator at Eastern Michigan University and had twenty years experience in private law practice. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972 from the Law School at Wayne State University.

In late 2009 he announced his bid for Attorney General for the state of Michigan. He did not pursue this bid through to the nomination process at the state Republican convention in Lansing.


Bruce Patterson is no longer a member of the Michigan State Senate.

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