Bill Schuette

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Bill Schuette
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53rd Attorney General of Michigan
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Governor Rick Snyder
Preceded by Mike Cox
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 35th district
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Joanne Emmons
Succeeded by Michelle McManus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Donald Albosta
Succeeded by Dave Camp
Personal details
Born William Duncan Schuette
(1953-10-08) October 8, 1953 (age 68)
Midland, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of San Francisco
Website Official website

William Duncan "Bill" Schuette (/ˈʃt/ SHOO-tee;[1] born October 13, 1953) is an American Republican politician and the Attorney General of Michigan.[2]

Early life

Schuette was born in Midland, Michigan, where he graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School in 1972. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and in 1976 graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Foreign Service. He also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979. Schuette was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1981.[3]

2010 election

Schuette was elected Attorney General in 2010. Schuette received 53% of the vote to 41% for longtime Democratic prosecutor David Leyton.[4]

Political career

Schuette was a delegate to the Michigan Republican conventions in 1972, 1974, and 1982.

In November 1984, at the age of 31, Schuette defeated incumbent Democrat Donald J. Albosta for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 10th congressional district. Schuette was re-elected to the two succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1985 until January 3, 1991. He did not seek re-election in 1990, but unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democrat Carl Levin for his seat in the United States Senate. While in Congress, Schuette served on the House Budget Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Select Committee on Aging.

In January 1991, Schuette was named by then-Governor John Engler as the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, where he served until 1993. While director, Schuette and his wife Cynthia created the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fund drive to help feed hungry people throughout the state.[citation needed] Joining with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has raised more than $4 million and 6 million pounds of food over a 12-year period.[citation needed]

In November 1994, he was elected to the Michigan Senate from the 35th District, where he served until 2003. In 2001, Schuette was selected by President George W. Bush to be his personal representative to Australian-American Friendship Week in Australia.

In November 2002, he was elected a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. His term expired January 1, 2009.

In 2008, Michigan voters considered a ballot initiative to establish a medical marijuana program for registered patients with qualifying conditions. Schuette served as a spokesperson for a group opposed to the proposed law.[5] After leaving the judiciary, Schuette worked for Warner, Norcross & Judd, one of Michigan's largest law firms[citation needed].

On November 2, 2010, Schuette won the election to become Michigan Attorney General.

In September 2011, petition language to recall Schuette was approved by Midland County authorities, allowing the circulating of recall petitions. Among the grievances cited are his attempts to undermine the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 2008.[6][7]

In 2011, Schuette filed suit to close two Michigan abortion clinics on grounds of improper record disposal.[8]

Before the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Schuette fought against same-sex marriage.[9]

On August 19, 2015, Schuette endorsed Jeb Bush for president.[10]

Gubernatorial ambitions

Schuette is widely believed to be eying Michigan's Governor Mansion.[11] This seems to be backed up by reports of a falling out between the Attorney General and Governor Rick Snyder.


  1. "Washington Talk: Briefing; Names to Know". New York Times. 31 December 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. AG-elect Bill Schuette announces transition team - Chicago Tribune, 5 November 2010
  3. "Bill Schuette—P32532 (active and in good standing)". State Bar of Michigan. Retrieved April 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Michigan's, Official Website. "Biography of Attorney General". Retrieved 2012-11-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Is marijuana good medicine?". the Detroit Free Press. 2008-10-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald Albosta
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dave Camp
Legal offices
Preceded by
Mike Cox
Attorney General of Michigan