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]

A graduate of Rochester Adams High School, Bishop graduated from University of Michigan in 1989. He went on to earn his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Bishop is also a licensed real estate broker and has owned two local real estate businesses, Freedom Realty, Inc. and Pro Management, Inc. 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.

He 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.[2]

Michigan legislature[edit]

Bishop served in the Michigan State House from 1999 to 2002 representing the 45th District. He was subsequently elected to the State Senate in 2002 representing the 12th District[3] , a seat which was previously held by his father, Donald Bishop, and serving until 2010 when term limits prevented him from re-election. The 45th District also covered much of the same territory where his father had served.[4] Before his time as majority leader, Bishop was chosen to be chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee[5] and vice chairman of both the Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee. During his four-year tenure in the Michigan House, he served as vice chairman of the Commerce Committee.[6]

While Bishop was Senate Majority Leader 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 and business interests were strongly in favor of the bill which would partner with Canada to pay for the bridge. Despite promising to put the bill on the floor for a vote Bishop reneged, according to former Michigan Governor and ambassador to Canada Jim Blanchard. Governor Snyder found another way to make the deal however and the project continued without Bishop's support.[7][8][9]

Prior to his election in the 45th District Bishop unsuccessfully campaigned for a University of Michigan Board of Regents position in 1996.[10] At the State Republican Party Convention in 2010, Bishop unsuccessfully bid for the Republican nomination for state attorney general.[11] He ran for Oakland County prosecutor in 2012, but lost to Democratic incumbent Jessica R. Cooper.[12][13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Before being elected to the US 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."[14]



On November 4, 2014, Bishop defeated Democratic challenger Eric Schertzing for Michigan's 8th congressional district.[15]

Bishop was sworn in on January 6, 2015. Shortly after being sworn in, he voted for John Boehner as Speaker.[16]


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.[17] Gilbert was replaced with Democratic challenger Suzanna Shkreli late in the race in July, 2016.[18]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]


Following Bishop’s actions in the Michigan Senate concerning the Detroit-Windsor bridge vote, critics pointed to donations Bishop received from Manuel Moroun, owner of the CenTra, Inc., which controls the Ambassador Bridge, as a corrupting factor.[22][23] During his campaign for the U.S. Congress in 2014, similar criticism about Bishop’s connections to Moroun emerged.[24] Following his election to congress, Bishop continued to be seen as an ally of the Moroun family going back to his days in the state House.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop, a resident of Rochester, Michigan, is married and has three children.[26] He is a Congregationalist[27]


  1. ^ 2009–2010 Michigan Manual: State Senator Michael D. Bishop profile, legislature.mi.gov; accessed January 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "About". Congressman Mike Bishop. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mike Bishop's Biography on Votesmart; votesmart.com; retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Demas, S. Bishop was Born to Run; domemagazine.com, March 16, 2009; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Lane, A.40 Under 40; Crain’s Detroit Business, September 25, 2006; retrieved March 24, 2017
  6. ^ Oakland Voter; League of Women Voters Oakland Area, January 2008; retrieved March 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Lessenbury, J. Mike Bishop about to become Matty Moroun's man in Congress, October 22, 2014; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Lessenberry, J. Politics and Prejudices: Matty Moroun's very own congressman; metrotimes.com, October 29, 2014; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Bridge brigade DRIC supporters pressure Bishop for the vote he promised, metrotimes.com, November 24, 2010; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Demas, S. Bishop was Born to Run; domemagazine.com, March 16, 2009; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  11. ^ Wieder, B The Political Kingmaker Nobody Knows; time.com, March 26, 2015; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds November 6, 2012; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  13. ^ Gonzales, N. Freshman Class Filled with Losers; rollcall.com, November 24, 2014; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  14. ^ Behnan, C. "Bridge funding, Obamacare separate Schertzing, Bishop in 8th Congressional race, livingstondaily.com, October 19, 2014; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  15. ^ Bishop defeats Schertzing for 8th District congressional race, detroitnews.com; accessed November 30, 2014.
  16. ^ "Speaker John Boehner is reelected: How Michigan's delegation voted". MLive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ Peal, Wayne (April 18, 2016). "Gilbert, Bishop spar over finances". Livingston Daily. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ Ooosting, J. and Laing, K. District 8: Rep. Bishop wins re-election over Shkreli, detroitnews.com, November 8, 2016; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  20. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  21. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Wattrick, J. Oakland's Choice: The depressing prospect of a Jessica Cooper-Mike Bishop matchup in County Prosecutor's race, mlive.com, January 5, 2012; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  24. ^ Lessenberry, J. Mike Bishop about to Become Matty Moroun's Man in Congress, michiganradio.org, October 22, 2014; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  25. ^ Spangler, T. Wealthy Detroit bridge-owning family throws $25,000-plate dinner for Boehner, usatoday.com, September 13, 2015; retrieved March 21, 2017.
  26. ^ Fritz Klug (January 2, 2015). "Mike Bishop ready to take Michigan legislative experience to Washington DC". Mlive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  27. ^ "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