Mike Bishop (politician)

Michael Dean Bishop (born March 18, 1967) is an American attorney and politician who was the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. 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 2003 to 2010 where he served as majority leader.[1]

Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byMike Rogers
Succeeded byElissa Slotkin
Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 10, 2007 – January 12, 2011
Preceded byKen Sikkema
Succeeded byRandy Richardville
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 8, 2003 – January 12, 2011
Preceded byAlan Sanborn
Succeeded byJim Marleau
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
January 13, 1999 – January 8, 2003
Preceded byPenny Crissman
Succeeded byJohn Garfield
Personal details
Michael Dean Bishop

(1967-03-18) March 18, 1967 (age 54)
Almont, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cristina Bishop
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
Michigan State University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Bishop lost his reelection bid in the 2018 midterm elections to Democratic nominee Elissa Slotkin.

Early life, education, and careerEdit

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 legislatureEdit

Michigan House of RepresentativesEdit

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 SenateEdit

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 LeaderEdit

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 RepresentativesEdit



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]


Bishop ran for re-election but lost to Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin.

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Political positionsEdit


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 ActEdit

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

Animal testingEdit

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

Gun policyEdit

Bishop supports gun rights and the Second Amendment, receiving a A/A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.[24]

Gordie Howe International BridgeEdit

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."[25] Bishop had received campaign donations from Manuel Moroun, owner of the rival Ambassador Bridge.[26] Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, found another way to make the deal and the project continued without Bishop's support.[27]

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."[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Bishop, a resident of Rochester, Michigan, is married and has three children.[28] He is a Congregationalist.[29]


  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. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. 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. ^ Summers, Juana. "Congressman wants answers from USDA on cats allegedly killed during government research". CNN. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ a b Behnan, C. "Bridge funding, Obamacare separate Schertzing, Bishop in 8th Congressional race, livingstondaily.com, October 19, 2014; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  27. ^ Bridge brigade DRIC supporters pressure Bishop for the vote he promised, metrotimes.com, November 24, 2010; retrieved August 31, 2016.
  28. ^ Fritz Klug (January 2, 2015). "Mike Bishop ready to take Michigan legislative experience to Washington DC". Mlive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  29. ^ "Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2016.

External linksEdit

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

Succeeded by
Elissa Slotkin