Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08)
Mike Bishop, a lifetime resident of Oakland County, is a problem solver.
In 2006, Mike became the first Michigan Senate Majority Leader from Oakland County and fought for Oakland County values in Lansing. Throughout his term in the Senate from 2002-2010, Mike championed a wide variety of important causes, including sponsoring legislation to create the Michigan Child Protection Registry, which was the first of its kind in the United States to protect children from receiving pornography, tobacco, and other materials not suitable for children. He also authored the Michigan Identify Theft Protection Act, which established identity theft as a felony. Mike Bishop also served as State Representative from 1998 to 2002.
Congressman Bishop has long been a leader when it comes to protecting the Great Lakes. As Senate Majority Leader in Michigan, Mike Bishop helped lead the effort to include Michigan’s membership in the Great Lakes Compact and appointed the first delegate to the organization. This compact is an international agreement, adopted by the eight Great Lakes states as well as Ontario and Quebec, to conserve the waters of the Great Lakes and facilitate collaborative approaches to water management in the Great Lakes Basin. The Great Lakes Compact remains one of the premiere examples of how regional cooperation in preservation of our natural resources.
Mike also worked as Chief Legal Officer for International Bancard Corporation and taught at Thomas M. Cooley Law School following his time in the State Legislature. Before government service, he was a private attorney representing families, small business and local governments.
Bishop graduated from Rochester Adams High School and went on to earn his bachelors degree with honors from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law. Mike and his wife, Cristina, still live in Rochester and are raising their three children there.