State Senator Steve Bieda, December 2017
|Member of the Michigan Senate|
from the 9th district
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2019
|Preceded by||Dennis Olshove|
|Succeeded by||Paul Wojno|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 25th district
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2009
|Preceded by||Gloria Schermesser|
|Succeeded by||Jon Switalski|
|Alma mater||Wayne State University (B.A., M.P.A., M.A.) |
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D.)
Bieda has served in the Michigan Senate since 2011, representing the 9th district, which includes the communities of Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, Warren, and portions of Clinton Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.
In December 2017, Bieda announced he would seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, representing Michigan's 9th Congressional District. He ultimately lost the nomniation to now incumbent representative Andy Levin.
Early life, education, and career
He received his bachelor's degree and Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University, and later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law as well as a Masters of Tax Law from Wayne State University Law School.
Michigan House of Representatives
His first term as State Representative, Bieda voted against a 2004 measure banning same-sex marriage in Michigan, which caused pundits to rank him as one of the three most vulnerable members of the House.
He went on to be re-elected in 2004 and 2006.
Michigan State Senate
Bieda has sponsored and passed more than 50 bills and public acts, in addition to co-sponsoring hundreds of others, as he's served in both the majority and minority during his tenure.
In Lansing, Bieda is known as a "policy wonk" and is noted to have "an ability to work with Republicans in the legislature; he finally got them to pass a law to pay compensation to innocent people who were wrongly convicted and imprisoned."
Governor Whitmer appointed Mr. Bieda as Chairman of the Michigan Tax Tribunal within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Bieda worked his way through Wayne State University at a pet store and General Motors. Bieda's work as an attorney for the Innocence Project helped secure justice for wrongfully convicted and incarcerated Michigan prisoners. He has served on a number of boards in Macomb County and Michigan, including the Lion's Club, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Macomb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.
He enjoys the distinction of being the only living Michigander to design a coin for the U.S. Mint: he designed the reverse side of the U.S. Olympic Half Dollar that was issued in 1992. His design is an image of the Olympic torch and an olive branch. The inscriptions above and below read "United States of America" and "Half Dollar". A central inscription reads "Citius Altius Fortius" which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger".
Bieda resides in Warren, Michigan.
|Republican||Cecil D. St. Pierre Jr.||10,151||30.23|
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