Bruce Patterson

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Bruce Patterson
Michigan Senate District 7
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney
Bruce Patterson was a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate from 2003 to January 1, 2011. Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Patterson did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [1]

Before becoming a Senator, Patterson served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. When in the Michigan House, Patterson served as the Majority Leader and Speaker Pro Tempore when Republicans had control of the House at that time. Patterson also served on the Wayne County Commission from 1995 to 1998.

Patterson graduated from Wayne State with his Bachelor's degree in 1969 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972. In addition to being a full-time Senator, Patterson is a practicing Attorney and also is a Mediator/Arbitrator.

Policy positions

On May 11, 2010, Patterson proposed legislation that would require the Michigan state government to license reporters. Patterson told Fox News that "some reporters covering state politics don't know what they're talking about" and they're working for publications he hasn't heard of, even though "Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government. We have to be able to get good information. We have to be able to rely on the source and to understand the credentials of the source."[2]

Patterson, arguing for his proposal that would create a government-sponsored database of reporters, said:

"What’s the definition of a reporter? I haven’t been able to find out? What’s a reporter? What’s a journalist? I thought you had to have a degree in journalism but apparently not. I could retire and be a journalist."[2]

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

Committee assignments

Patterson served on these committees:

District 7

Patterson represented Michigan Senate District 7. District 7 includes the West Detroit suburbs of Belleville, Canton, Northville, and Plymouth[4].



Patterson was not eligible for re-election due to Michigan's term limits.


On November 07, 2006, Patterson ran for District 7 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Mark Slavens. [5]

Patterson raised $354,673 for his campaign.[6]

Michigan State Senate, District 7
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Patterson (R) 59,647
Mark Slavens (D) 56,156

Campaign donors


In 2006 Bruce Patterson collected $354,673 in donations. [7]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Bruce Patterson $135,100
Bishop Majority Leadership Fund $10,000
Impact Community Action Fund $10,000
Republican Victory Committee $10,000


Bruce is married to Phyllis Patterson. They have three children and reside in Canton, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 7
2003–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Patrick Colbeck