Mike Bishop (politician)

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Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Mike Rogers
Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Ken Sikkema
Succeeded by Randy Richardville
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 12th district
In office
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
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Penny Crissman
Succeeded by John Garfield
Personal details
Born Michael Dean Bishop
(1967-03-18) March 18, 1967 (age 51)
Almont, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cristina Bishop
Children 3
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA)
Michigan State University (JD)
Website House website

Michael Dean Bishop (born March 18, 1967) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and the Michigan State Senate from 2002-10 where he served as majority leader.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Bishop graduated from Rochester Adams High School, and graduated from University of Michigan in 1989. He received a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.[2] Bishop worked at the law firm of Booth Patterson until 2002. He later became a senior attorney at Simon, Galasso & Frantz. Bishop is also a licensed real estate broker and has owned two local real estate businesses, Freedom Realty, Inc. and Pro Management, Inc.[3] Bishop is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, District of Columbia Bar, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Oakland County Bar Association, Michigan Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.

Bishop 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. Following his time in the Michigan Legislature, Bishop worked as chief legal officer for International Bancard Corporation and taught at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[4] Prior to his election in the 45th District, Bishop unsuccessfully campaigned for a University of Michigan Board of Regents position in 1996.[5]

Michigan legislature[edit]

Michigan House of Representatives[edit]

Bishop served in the Michigan State House from 1999 to 2002 representing the 45th District, which covered much of the same territory where his father, Donald Bishop, had served.[5] During his four-year tenure in the Michigan House, he served as vice chairman of the Commerce Committee.[6]

Michigan Senate[edit]

Bishop was elected to the State Senate in 2002 to represent the 12th District, a seat which had previously been held by his father. He served until term limits prevented him from seeking re-election in 2010.[7] Before his time as majority leader, Bishop was chosen to be chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee[3] and vice chairman of both the Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee.[citation needed]

Majority Leader[edit]

Bishop was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2010.

At the State Republican Party Convention in 2010, Bishop unsuccessfully bid for the Republican nomination for state attorney general.[8] He ran for Oakland County prosecutor in 2012, but lost to Democratic incumbent Jessica R. Cooper.[9][10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



On November 4, 2014, Bishop defeated Democratic challenger Eric Schertzing for Michigan's 8th congressional district.[11]

Bishop was sworn in on January 6, 2015. Shortly after being sworn in, he voted for John Boehner as Speaker.[12]


Bishop successfully ran for re-election in 2016. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Two Democrats, actress Melissa Gilbert and Linda Keefe, filed to run in the Democratic primary election. Gilbert later withdrew.[13] Gilbert was replaced with Democratic challenger Suzanna Shkreli late in the race in July, 2016.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]


Bishop opposes abortion.[18] He has voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks and has co-sponsored legislation which states that life starts at conception.[19][20]

Affordable Care Act[edit]

Bishop disapproves of the ACA and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2016.[21]

Animal testing[edit]

Bishop has called on the USDA to stop the killing of kittens after being tested on for research.[22][23][24]

Gun policy[edit]

Bishop supports gun rights and the Second Amendment, receiving a A/A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.[25]

Gordie Howe International Bridge[edit]

When Bishop was Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate, a bill to create the Gordie Howe International Bridge as a companion to the Ambassador Bridge came to him for determination to put it to the Senate floor for a vote. Corporate interests were strongly in favor of the bill, which would partner with Canada to pay for the bridge. Bishop opposed the bridge and did not bring the legislation to a floor vote, saying there were "too many outstanding legal issues and the legislation is too important to push a lame-duck vote."[26] Bishop had received campaign donations from Manuel Moroun, owner of the rival Ambassador Bridge.[27] Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, found another way to make the deal and the project continued without Bishop's support.[28]

Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives he vowed to vote to block the Gordie Howe International bridge. The Livingston Daily reported "A proposal for the federal government to fund a U.S. customs center has stalled. If elected, Bishop said he wouldn't support federal funding of the customs center."[27]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop, a resident of Rochester, Michigan, is married and has three children.[29] He is a Congregationalist.[30]


  1. ^ 2009–2010 Michigan Manual: State Senator Michael D. Bishop profile, legislature.mi.gov; accessed January 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Mack, Julie (November 8, 2016). "Mike Bishop re-elected in Michigan's 8th Congressional District". MLive. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lane, Amy (September 24, 2006). "Michael Bishop, 39". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "About". Congressman Mike Bishop. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Demas, S. Bishop was Born to Run; domemagazine.com, March 16, 2009; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Oakland Voter; League of Women Voters Oakland Area, January 2008; retrieved March 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Mike Bishop's Biography on Votesmart; votesmart.com; retrieved March 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Wieder, B The Political Kingmaker Nobody Knows; time.com, March 26, 2015; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds November 6, 2012; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Gonzales, N. Freshman Class Filled with Losers; rollcall.com, November 24, 2014; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  11. ^ Bishop defeats Schertzing for 8th District congressional race, detroitnews.com; accessed November 30, 2014.
  12. ^ "Speaker John Boehner is reelected: How Michigan's delegation voted". MLive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  13. ^ Peal, Wayne (April 18, 2016). "Gilbert, Bishop spar over finances". Livingston Daily. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Ooosting, J. and Laing, K. District 8: Rep. Bishop wins re-election over Shkreli, detroitnews.com, November 8, 2016; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Along with Trump win, Americans elect a pro-life House and Senate". www.liveaction.org. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  19. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  20. ^ Weigel, David. "Abortion rights group launches $5 million campaign to flip the House". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  21. ^ "Bishop in a heated race to stay in Congress". Detroit News. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  22. ^ "Bishop presses USDA on kittens killed after research". Detroit News. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  23. ^ "US govt blocks info release on thousands of kittens experimented & killed at Maryland lab – lawsuit". RT International. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  24. ^ CNN, Juana Summers,. "Congressman wants answers from USDA on cats allegedly killed during government research". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  25. ^ Crumm, Charles. "Gun Rights vs Gun Control: Will mass killings elevate the debate during this year's congressional elections?". TheOaklandPress.com. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  26. ^ Oosting, J. DRIC watch: Critics accuse Mike Bishop of stalling Michigan Senate vote on Detroit-Windsor bridge after receiving donations from Manuel Moroun, mlive.com, November 10, 2010, retrieved March 21, 2017.
  27. ^ a b Behnan, C. "Bridge funding, Obamacare separate Schertzing, Bishop in 8th Congressional race, livingstondaily.com, October 19, 2014; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  28. ^ Bridge brigade DRIC supporters pressure Bishop for the vote he promised, metrotimes.com, November 24, 2010; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  29. ^ Fritz Klug (January 2, 2015). "Mike Bishop ready to take Michigan legislative experience to Washington DC". Mlive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  30. ^ "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2016.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Rogers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Don Beyer
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Rod Blum