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Patrick Colbeck

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Patrick Colbeck
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Michigan State Senate, District 7
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
Patrick Colbeck is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Colbeck currently serves as Majority Caucus Chair.


Colbeck earned his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Michigan State University and the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His professional experience includes working in the aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical, healthcare, telecommunications, automotive, information technology and financial services fields. He has been an independent management consultant and President of Perspective Shifts, LLC. In 2007, Patrick formed Tek Made Easy, a web hosting services company.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Colbeck served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Elections and Government Reform, Minority Vice Chair
Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Colbeck served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Colbeck served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Colbeck's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Become #1 Job Growth State in Nation
  • Implement Effective Healthcare Solutions
  • Cut Spending and Lower Taxes
  • Promote Educational Excellence
  • Respect Our Constitution
  • Adopt Real Transparency
  • Promote Honesty and Integrity



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Dian Slavens was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Patrick Colbeck defeated Matthew Edwards in the Republican primary. Colbeck defeated Slavens in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan State Senate, District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Colbeck Incumbent 52.7% 52,567
     Democratic Dian Slavens 47.3% 47,110
Total Votes 99,677


See also: Patrick Colbeck recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)

Recall language targeting Colbeck for his support of the Emergency financial manager law was approved by the Wayne County Clerks office in mid-August 2011. Petitioners had 180 days to gather 27,300 signatures in order to trigger a recall election.[6] Recall organizer Mary Kelley said, "Our wording is simple. People don't want an unelected bureaucrat running their cities or schools."[7]

The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.


See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Colbeck won election to the 7th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Kathleen Law, Libertarian Marlin Brandys, and Independents Michael Kheibari and John Stewart in the November 2 general election.[8]

Michigan State Senate, District 7 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick Colbeck (R) 40,122
Kathleen Law (D) 2,895
John Stewart (I) 2,895
Marlin Brandys (L) 2,895
Michael Kheibari (I) 2,895

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Colbeck is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Colbeck raised a total of $304,553 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[9]

Patrick Colbeck's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $65,039
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 7 Won $239,514
Grand Total Raised $304,553


Colbeck was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Colbeck raised a total of $65,039.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patrick Colbeck's campaign in 2012
Michigan Jobs Fund$4,552
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$3,150
DTE Energy$2,700
Michigan State Police Troopers Association$2,000
Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates$1,200
Total Raised in 2012$65,039
Source:Follow the Money


Colbeck won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Colbeck raised a total of $239,514.


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[10]

January 2011 - March 2012

Patrick Colbeck received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[10]



In 2014, Colbeck's endorsements included the following:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[11]


Colbeck is married to his wife, Angie.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 7
2011 - present
Succeeded by