Michael Bishop

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Mike Bishop
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U.S. House, Michigan, District 8
In office
January 3, 2015 - January 3, 2017
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorMike Rogers (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$7.65 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,059,488
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan Senate - District 12
2003 - January 1, 2011
ProfessionReal Estate Broker/Attorney
Office website
Michael D. Bishop is a member to the U.S. House, representing the 8th Congressional District of Michigan.[1] He was first elected on November 4, 2014. He defeated challengers Eric Schertzing (D), Jeremy Burgess (I), James Weeks (L) and Jim Casha (G) in the general election.[2]

Bishop was previously a Republican member and Majority Leader of the Michigan State Senate, representing the state's 12 Senate District, which encompassed the Eastern Detroit suburbs of Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Rochester and Rochester Hills. Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Bishop did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [3]


Bishop was born and raised in Oakland Country, Michigan. He graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1985 and earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan in 1989. Soon after, he earned his Juris Doctorate at the Detroit College of Law in 1993. In 1993, he became a member to the State Bar of Michigan, which he currently still holds. Bishop was a member to the American Bar Association from 1993 to 1998.

Bishop is currently the Chief Legal Officer for the International Bancard Corporation and an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In 2007, he was sworn into the Michigan State Senate and served in the position until 2010. During his time in the Michigan Senate, he played a large role in drafting the Michigan Child Protection Registry and the Michigan Identify Theft Protection Act.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bishop's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 2015-present: U.S. Representative from Michigan's 8th Congressional District
  • 2007-2010: Michigan State Senate
  • 1999-present: Board Member, Rochester Community School Foundation
  • 1996: Nominee, University of Michigan Board of Regents
  • 1993-1998: Member, American Bar Association
  • 1993-present: Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • 1993: Juris Doctorate degree, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University
  • 1989: Bachelor's degree, University of Michigan in history
  • 1985: Graduated from Rochester Adams High School
  • Member, BBSOAR Board of Realtors
  • Member, Macomb County Bar Association
  • Member, Michigan Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Sportsmen Legislators
  • Member, Municipal Law/Business Law Committees - Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, Sports Lawyer Association

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bishop serves on the following committees:[6]


Campaign themes

Bishop's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "Strengthening our nation’s economy is the top priority for Mike. The Obama administration has used the tax code, overregulation, and red tape to stifle job growth and stall our economy. Mike Bishop will help develop policies that will promote job growth and jumpstart our economy."
  • Repeal Obamacare
Excerpt: "Mike Bishop has fought against Obamacare from the start. Mike Bishop will vigorously fight against Obamacare."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Supporting our 2nd amendment right to bear arms, Mike Bishop championed right-to-carry legislation, received A/A+ rating from NRA and is personally a gun owner with a CPL."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Mike Bishop knows that we must secure our borders. Mike is opposed to any amnesty and believes that those wishing to enter this nation as citizens must follow our laws. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws."
  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Mike Bishop has received multiple Right to Life endorsements and has a 100% Pro-life record."
  • Right to Work
Excerpt: "Mike Bishop was one of the first elected officials in Michigan to publicly call for Right-to-work. In 2007, Mike Bishop publicly called for Michigan to become a right-to-work state."
  • Cutting elected officials’ salaries
Excerpt: "As a legislator, Mike Bishop sponsored legislation to cut public official salaries, including his own as a Senator."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "The federal government’s number one responsibility is to provide a national defense, and we need leaders in Congress that will stand up for those men and woman who put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedom. Mike has and remains committed to being a voice of our armed forces."



See also: Michigan's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Bishop ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 8th District. Bishop won the Republican nomination in the primary against Tom McMillin on August 5, 2014, before defeating Eric Schertzing (D), Jeremy Burgess (Independent Party), James Weeks (Libertarian) and Jim Casha (Green) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bishop 54.6% 132,739
     Democratic Eric Schertzing 42.1% 102,269
     Libertarian James Weeks II 1.9% 4,557
     Green Jim Casha 0.8% 1,880
     Natural Law Jeremy Burgess 0.7% 1,680
Total Votes 243,125
Source: Michigan Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Michigan District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bishop 60.3% 35,422
Tom McMillin 39.7% 23,358
Total Votes 58,780
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


See also: Michigan Attorney General election, 2010

At the State Republican Party Convention on Friday, August 28, 2010, Bill Schuette secured the nomination over Mike Bishop by a delegate vote of 1,072 to 971.[8]


2006 Race for State Senate, District 12 - General Election[10]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 56.3%
Joseph Barrera (D) 40.8%
Brian Kelly (Libertarian) 2.9%
Holbert Maxey (Write-In) 0%
Total votes 105,615


2002 Race for State Senate, District 12 - Republican Primary[11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 63.2%
David Galloway (R) 36.8%
Total votes 19,469
2002 Race for State Senate, District 12 - General Election[12]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 62.7%
Thomas Werth (D) 37.3%
Total votes 86,981


2000 Race for State House, District 45 - General Election[14]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 69.6%
Keith Van Wagner (D) 30.4%
Total votes 48,955


1998 Race for State House, District 45 - Republican Primary[15]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 29.7%
JoAnn Van Tassel (R) 27.9%
Gerard Carlin (R) 16.5%
Irene Connors (R) 12.0%
Mark Boegehold (R) 8.7%
Delores Puroll-Myslakow (R) 5.2%
Total votes 10,120
1998 Race for State House, District 45 - General Election[16]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Michael Bishop (R) 70.3%
Margaret Zande (D) 29.7%
Total votes 33,565

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Bishop is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Bishop raised a total of $1,059,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[17]

Michael Bishop's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Michigan, District 8) Won $1,059,488
Grand Total Raised $1,059,488


Bishop won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Bishop's campaign committee raised a total of $1,059,488 and spent $1,015,364.[18] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[19]

Cost per vote

Bishop spent $7.65 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 8, 2014 - Michael Bishop Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,059,488
Total Spent $1,015,364
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $504,363
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $503,638
Top contributors to Michael Bishop's campaign committee
Centra Inc$15,600
Kojaian Companies$15,600
Cadillac Casting$15,000
Dow Chemical$11,500
Compuware Corp$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$103,600
Real Estate$81,700
Health Professionals$44,450


According to Follow the Money, Bishop raised $97,734 in 2006 for his state senatorial campaign.[20]


Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $7,550
Michigan Bankers Association $6,050
Comerica Bank $5,450
Michigan Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors $5,000
Michigan Republican Party $5,000


Bishop currently resides in Rochester, Michigan with his wife, Cristina. The couple has three children: Benjamin Donald, Gabriella Maria and Nathan. He is also a practicing Protestant.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Rogers (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan Senate - District 12
2003-January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
James Marleau