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Patrick Colbeck
Patrick Colbeck.jpg
Michigan State Senate, District 7
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 bachelor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and 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


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:



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.[1] Recall organizer Mary Kelley said, "Our wording is simple. People don't want an unelected bureaucrat running their cities or schools."[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.


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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Patrick Colbeck received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]


Colbeck is married to his wife, Angie.

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