Study Group:

Michael D. Bishop

Spring 2023 Fellow, Center for the Political Future

Michael D. Bishop is a former United States Congressman and the Founder and President of American General Counsel PLC. Prior to returning to his private law practice, Michael was elected and served in the United States Congress (2014-2018). During his tenure in Congress, Michael was appointed to the House committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, and Higher Education. While serving in Congress, Michael championed legislation signed into law by both President Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Michael has been around the world meeting with leaders and representing the United States government in global affairs.

Since his service in Congress, Michael has dedicated much of his time to education as an Aspen Rodel Fellow and a George Washington University Graduate School Fellow, where he focused on the restoration of civility to bi-partisan government. Michael has also been appointed to the Princeton University Initiative on the Constitutional Powers of Congress and the Commission on the Continuity of Congress, providing testimony before the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Modernization.

Preceding his service in the United States Congress, Michael worked as an attorney, and was elected to and served in the Michigan State legislature, serving in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate (1998-2010). While serving in the Michigan Senate, he was chosen by his peers to serve as the Senate Majority Leader.

Michael is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and served as President of Freedom Realty, Inc. Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1989) and received his law degree from Michigan State University Law (1993). He is a lifelong resident of Rochester, Michigan, where he lives with his wife, Cristina, and their three children, Benjamin, Gabriella, and Nathan (and dog, Koda).

Study Group: The 21st Century Transformation of Politics - Can We Still Bridge Divides?

Given the challenges and opportunities facing American democracy today, can we still bridge divides? This study group will explore how we can promote solutions to polarization in Congress and beyond. With pressures of 24/7 news, how do we reverse erosion of civil discourse in government? How can we educate an electorate immersed in its own echo chamber of social media? What role do modern campaigns have in shaping the growing divide in our nation?

Thursdays, 12 - 2 p.m. PT, SOS B15
Thursday, February 2nd from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 16th from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 23rd from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, March 2nd from 12-2 p.m
Thursday, March 23rd from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, March 30th from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, April 6th from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, April 13th from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday, April 20th from 12-2 p.m.

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