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
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800/year
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 since January 1, 2011. He currently serves as State Senate Assistant Majority Caucus Leader.

Colbeck has more than 20 years of professional experience in the Aerospace, Defense, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Automotive, Information Technology and financial services fields. Alongside his work as a Senator, Colbeck is an independent management consultant and president of Perspective Shifts, LLC since 2004. In 2007, Patrick formed Tek Made Easy, a web hosting services company.

Colbeck graduated from the University of Michigan with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He has also studied at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Michigan State University, and the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Colbeck has been appointed to these committees:



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.[1]

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


In 2010, Colbeck raised $239,514 in contributions. [2]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Michigan $44,548
Colbeck, Patrick J $14,638

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Recall efforts

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.[3] Recall organizer Mary Kelley said, "Our wording is simple. People don't want an unelected bureaucrat running their cities or schools."[4]

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


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 has a wife, Angie.

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