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Shirkey, Mike (R)

State Senator District 16
Office: S-106 Capitol Building
Term: Final
Phone: (517) 373-5932
Email: senmshirkey@senate.michigan.gov
Home Address: Clarklake, MI
Website: http://www.senatormikeshirkey.com/
Seat Number: 38
Standing Committees: Government Operations(C), Fiscal Agency Governing Board(C)
(C) = Chair, (VC) = Vice Chair

BB - Binsfeld Building,  BT - Boji Tower,  CB - Capitol Building,  HOB - House Office Building  


POLITICAL CAREER

Sen. Shirkey was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2014 when he ran unopposed in the GOP primary for the right to replace retiring Sen. Bruce Caswell.  In the general election, Shirkey defeated Democrat Kevin Commet 61 to 39 percent.  

Shirkey won his second term in 2018 after defeating Democrat Val Cochra TOOPS with 62.7 percent of the vote.  He defeated Republican Matt DAME with 63.5 percent of the vote. 

Following the November election, Shirkey, was officially elected Senate Majority Leader by his Senate GOP caucus. 

Prior to joining the Senate, Shirkey served two terms in the Michigan House where he was a major force behind passing the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan as well as a leading voice behind the effort to make Michigan a Right to Work state.  

During his last term in the House, Shirkey chaired the Michigan Competitiveness Committee and served on the Energy & Technology, Financial Liability Reform, Government Operations and Health Policy Committees.  

WORK EXPERIENCE

Senator Shirkey is the founder and owner of Orbitform, a leading engineering company that manufactures forming, fastening, joining and assembly equipment for a wide range of industries and applications. The company provides world-class prototype engineering services for assembly of parts and specialized forming and fastening. Shirkey also worked for General Motors in various management and engineering roles for 13 years.

To read MIRS biography of Sen. Shirkey, click here.

EDUCATION

Sen. Shirkey earned a bachelor's degree from General Motors Institute (GMI) in 1978, and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.

PERSONAL

Sen. Shirkey is the proud father of three and devoted husband of 34 years to Sue. Mike and Sue also have several grandchildren

LEAD STAFF PERSON:

Craig Ryan
Cell Phone: 517-881-2645
cryan@senate.michigan.gov

Additional Information


Shirkey: ‘We’ll Come Back If Whitmer Changes Her Mind’ (11-13-2019)

Senate Sends Deer-Baiting Ball Back To House (11-13-2019)

Shirkey Nixes Big Menorah On Capitol Lawn (11-12-2019)

Gov: Supplemental Could Be 'A Few Weeks' Away (11-12-2019)

Geiss: Shirkey's Abortion-Slavery Comparison 'Incredibly Insensitive' (11-12-2019)

Gov: Supplemental Could Be 'A Few Weeks' Away (11-12-2019)

Shirkey Compares 'Scourge Of Abortion' To Slavery (11-08-2019)

House Primes Admin Board Bills Just In Case (11-07-2019)

Deal Quashed, Senate Republicans Say: ‘No’ (11-07-2019)

End To State Admin Board Standoff Hinges On Boilerplate Agreement (11-05-2019)

Gaming, Statute of Limitations For Flint Water On The Menu (11-05-2019)

Gilchrist Letter Signals Potential Breakthrough In Negotiations (11-04-2019)

'My Governor' Line Draws Under the Radar Fire (11-04-2019)

Legislature Spikes CON's Limitations On Cancer Treatment (10-30-2019)

Lights Will Be Off At Ad Board On Halloween (10-30-2019)

House Puts Its Money On Sports Betting, Internet Gambling (10-30-2019)

Whitmer Offers To Undo 'Certain' Ad Board Transfers; Lawmakers Suggest 'All' (10-29-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-29-2019)

U.S. Term Limits: 'We Are Here, We Are Watching' (10-28-2019)

Conyers, Detroit's Congressional Rep For Half A Century, Dead At 90 (10-28-2019)

Singh: Asking Whitmer To Rollback Admin Board Powers Is 'Ludicrous' (10-28-2019)

Republicans Widen Cash On Hand Advantage Over Dems (10-25-2019)

Chatfield PACs Raise $356K In 3Q, $772K In '19 (10-25-2019)

Chatfield Suggests Cap On Admin Board Transfers (10-24-2019)

Could VNP Alliance With GOP Make Anti-Redistricting Suits Disappear? (10-24-2019)

Lame Duck, Immediate Effect Among Reforms On The Table (10-23-2019)

Lawmakers May Use Special Power To Overturn Administrative Decision (10-23-2019)

Shirkey, Chatfield Working With VNP On Term-Limit Expansion (10-22-2019)

Disquiet On The Budget Front – Who’s Asking for Too Much? (10-21-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-18-2019)

Should 80% Of State Redistricting Commissioners Be White? (10-18-2019)

Gov. William Milliken Dies At 97 (10-18-2019)

Gov On Ad Board: I Won't Change 'Scope And Powers' Of My Office (10-17-2019)

Future Power Of Ad Board At Center Of '20 Budget Talks (10-16-2019)

Supplementals Stay Put; Talks Hit Snags (10-15-2019)

Pure Michigan Ads Run To End Of '19 Under Current Budget (10-15-2019)

Hertel: Typical Citizens Aren't Keeping Score Over Budget (10-11-2019)

Whitmer Supplemental Totals $475M; $100M For Rainy Day Fund (10-10-2019)

House, Senate Introduce Bills To Bring Back $256M Into Budget (10-08-2019)

Gov Opens Door To GF Road Money; Shirkey Cautions Against 'Pseudo Dictatorship' (10-07-2019)

So Who Starts The Supplemental Conversation? (10-04-2019)

Quadrant Focuses On Policy, Not Budget (10-03-2019)

Gov Wants Supplemental; Shirkey Says 'The Budget Is Done' (10-02-2019)

Shirkey, Hertel Talk To Media Post-Vetoes (10-02-2019)

Whitmer Flexes Executive Muscle With Vetoes, Ad Board Moves Money (10-01-2019)

R's Aren't Taking $1B Giveback Off The Table (10-01-2019)

Gov Preps Ad Board For Possible Budget Rearrangement (09-30-2019)

House, Senate Not Returning Until Oct. 2 (09-26-2019)

Hollier's Aggregates Bill Dumped Onto Transportation Committee (09-25-2019)

Shirkey Warns Of 'Fractured' Relationship If Whitmer Rewrites Budgets (09-25-2019)

2,500 No-Fault Protesters March On Capitol (09-25-2019)

Legislators Deal Without Gov To Pass 15 Budgets (09-24-2019)

MDOT Budget With $857M From General Fund Sent To the Governor (09-24-2019)

Rest Assured, These Won't Be Issues for Long -- Right? (09-23-2019)

Shirkey: 'We're Not Slow Rolling Budget' (09-21-2019)

Speaker: Vaping Rules Lack Logic, Consistency (09-20-2019)

Special Accreditation Needed For New Cancer-Fighting Therapy (09-19-2019)

House R's, D's Agree To $30M More For Special Education, Other Ed Reforms (09-18-2019)

Does MPSERS Repayment Schedule Need Fixing? (09-13-2019)

Ballenger: Current Legislature Most Dominant Since 1965-66 (09-13-2019)

Senate D's Do Have Some Budget Leverage (09-13-2019)

Local Option Road Funding Bills Rolled Out (09-12-2019)

Republican Plan To Put $500M More Toward Roads (09-12-2019)

Budget Negotiations Break Down Over Road Funding (09-11-2019)

Shirkey Open To Giving Locals More Road Taxing Options (09-11-2019)

Stamas Suggests GOP Budget Could Be Used In A Pinch (09-10-2019)

Did The Governor Cave-In Or Astutely Back-Off? (09-09-2019)

Governor Puts Road Funding Talks On Blocks (09-09-2019)

Whitmer Team Says GOP Actions 'Leading State To Trump-Style Shutdown' (09-06-2019)

Work Requirements Apply To 42% Of Healthy MI Participants (09-06-2019)

House, Senate Pushing Ahead With Budgets (09-05-2019)

Shirkey Spox: We're With Whitmer On Flavored Vaping Ban (09-04-2019)

Quadrant Meeting Yields Brainstorming Session (09-04-2019)

Work Requirement Change Would Save DHHS $3M (09-03-2019)

‘Don’t Think MPSERS, Think MEGA,’ Ananich Suggests (08-29-2019)

Leaders Agree To Meet Soon After More Barbs Fly (08-28-2019)

Ananich Not Worried; Greig Says GOP Wasted Summer (08-28-2019)

Speaker Looking At Taxing Freight Haulers (08-26-2019)

Sikkema: They'll Get Road Deal (08-23-2019)

Legislative Leaders Hand Whitmer 'Menu' Of Road Funding Options (08-22-2019)

Biz Community Keeping Tabs On Who Votes For More Road Money (08-20-2019)

House GOP Kicks Around Shirkey Gas Tax Idea (08-19-2019)

Whitmer Team Believes Calendar Demands R's Come Up With Road Plan (08-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-16-2019)

Shirkey Not Advocating $1B In Budget Cuts; Asks Hertel To Help Make That Clear (08-14-2019)

Shirkey: There Will Be No Government Shutdown (08-13-2019)

Whitmer Broaches Gun Safety Issue With GOP Leaders (08-12-2019)

WMPF: 30-Yr MPSERS Bond Costs Taxpayers $13B Less Than Status Quo (08-07-2019)

Whitmer Talks Gun Control In Wake Of Dayton/El Paso (08-07-2019)

Budget Negotiations Update (08-05-2019)

Patterson Dies At Age 80; Funeral Aug. 15; Poisson Sworn In (08-03-2019)

Chatfield-Shirkey 'Close On Roads;' Legislature Not Coming Back Until Aug. 26 (07-29-2019)

Chatfield Raises $264K In 3 PACs, Lasinski PAC With $100K In Cash On Hand (07-25-2019)

House R's Got $1.65M In The Bank; Senate D's Are Debt Free (07-25-2019)

Miller Criticizes Mitchell's Departure Announcement; Who Runs In MI-10? (07-24-2019)

Whitmer Open To Extending Bonding Payments (07-24-2019)

Freedom Fund Declares Crisis In 'Underfunded' Pension Plan (07-19-2019)

Hertel Predicts Gas Tax Increase For Final Budget Deal (07-18-2019)

VNP 'Actively Looking' At Term Limits For Possible Ballot Drive (07-12-2019)

Using New Gas Tax Revenue For Locals Discussed (07-09-2019)

Bonding Out School Pension Payback Suggested To Free Up $$$ (06-26-2019)

Whitmer Turns Up The Heat On The Budget (06-25-2019)

House Dems Road Funding Plan Boosts CIT 2.5%, Higher Fees On Heavy Trucks (06-20-2019)

Senate Passes Bills To Keep Worthy Recipients On Medicaid (06-19-2019)

Shirkey 'Confused' By Nessel's A.G. Opinion Diss (06-19-2019)

Gov Recognizes 'Substantial Efforts' Of Benton Harbor Board's Plan (06-18-2019)

House Finishes Work On '20 Budget That Takes Sales Tax Off Gasoline (06-13-2019)

Doctors Would Need To Email Pharmacies Their Scripts (06-13-2019)

Summer Break In Question After Session Days Tentatively Added (06-13-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-13-2019)

Shirkey Stands With Whitmer On Benton Harbor Closure (06-12-2019)

Term Limits Still Popular Poll Shows (06-05-2019)

Gov Wants Benton Harbor Choice Friday, Shirkey: 'Alternative Is Dissolution' (06-05-2019)

Whitmer Champions Elliott Larsen; Republican Leadership Not There (06-04-2019)

State Budget Done By July Realistic . . . Maybe (06-04-2019)

Other States Have Done Away With Term Limits, Mostly Through The Courts (06-03-2019)

Detroit Regional Chamber Announces ‘To-Do’ List (05-31-2019)

Legislative Leaders Named 'Most Effective;" Ananich Highest Favorability Rating (05-30-2019)

How Did Shirkey Respond When Asked About Running For Gov? (05-30-2019)

MI Leaders Praise No-Fault Signing As Industry Calls For 'Technical Fixes' (05-30-2019)

The Shirkey Shocker: 'I'm Going To Test Term Limits' (05-30-2019)

Lawmakers Pledge To Work With Launch Michigan Coalition (05-30-2019)

Who Doesn't Like SB 1? CPAN, Trial Lawyers, Hospitals, Insurance Alliance (05-24-2019)

Nesbitt Has A Week To Remember (05-24-2019)

Gilbert Forms No-Fault Ballot Committee, Holds Off On Filing Language (05-23-2019)

No-Fault Reform On Tap For Special Friday Session (05-23-2019)

CPAN Claims Gov Has 3 Tools On No-Fault (05-21-2019)

Next For No-Fault Reform? A Deal To Seal Or An End Run? (05-20-2019)

Whitmer Opens Door To PIP Choice; Lawmakers Halt Plans To Move Bills (05-16-2019)

Rep. Inman Indicted On Extortion, Bribery Charges (05-15-2019)

Gov, GOP Leaders Begin Talks Over No-Fault Reform (05-14-2019)

No No-Fault Vote On Tuesday (05-13-2019)

Progress Michigan ‘Calls Out’ Republican Leaders On Road Plan (05-13-2019)

Whitmer To GOP: 'Let's Talk;' Shirkey: 'I'd Be Delighted' (05-09-2019)

Randy To Governor: Call Me (05-06-2019)

Snow Days Bill I.E. Barrier Melts Away (05-02-2019)

Snow Days Bill Blows Back To Senate In Face Of Dem Blizzard (05-01-2019)

Shirkey On Snow Days, Sales Tax Expansion, Redistricting (05-01-2019)

Senate No-Fault Proposal Expected Next Week (05-01-2019)

Extra Snow Day Bill Suffers White Out In Senate (04-30-2019)

Lawmakers File Notice To Appeal Gerrymandering Decision (04-30-2019)

Hail To Victory -- Leadership PAC Fundraising Champ This Quarter (04-26-2019)

House R's End 1Q With $1.2M In The Bank (04-25-2019)

Senate Fully Implements 2015 Road Plan Without Whitmer's Gas Tax (04-23-2019)

Bill Allocates Electors By Congressional District For President (04-19-2019)

Vote Tally For Marijuana License Deadline Bill Is High, High, High (04-18-2019)

Three Branches Of Gov't Unite Criminal Justice Data Collection, Reform Effort (04-17-2019)

Senate Committee Reports 1-Year-Only Snow Day Adjustment (04-16-2019)

No New Road 'Revenues' In GOP's Planned Budget (04-11-2019)

R's Agree, New Road $$ Should Be In The Budget, But . . . (04-10-2019)

Republicans 'Baking' No-Fault Bill (04-10-2019)

6-Foot Duck Shows Up In Chatfield's Office (04-09-2019)

No-Fault Reform Goal: Sooner, Not Later (04-09-2019)

Quadrant Meets; Whitmer Meets With Dem Caucuses (04-09-2019)

Does Nessel’s Opinion Really Force Enbridge’s Hand? (04-01-2019)

New Game Show-Like Graphic Simplifies Whitmer's Thought Process (03-29-2019)

Uncertain Future For Michigan's Medicaid Work After Court Ruling (03-29-2019)

Whitmer Won't Sign Budget Without Road Funding Fix (03-27-2019)

Whitmer Gets The Ball Rolling On State PFAS Standards (03-26-2019)

Is It Obvious Yet That The Budget Won't Get Done By June or July? (03-25-2019)

State Won't Let Religious Adoption Agencies Say No To Same-Sex Couples (03-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-22-2019)

House, Senate GOP Hold Joint Caucus (03-21-2019)

Nesbitt Sets No Fault Timeline (03-21-2019)

MIRS Adding Key Staff Photos/Contact Info To Lawmaker Bio Pages (03-20-2019)

FOIA Reforms Could Be Fast Tracked In Senate (03-20-2019)

MML, Detroit Chamber Support Whitmer's 45-Cent Tax Increase (03-20-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-20-2019)

Expanded FOIA Bill Passes House For 3rd Straight Term (03-19-2019)

Shirkey Not Wild About Fee Schedules, Mandates (03-19-2019)

Senate R's To Keep Roads And Budget Separate (03-19-2019)

Shirkey Liking Idea Of Electoral College Votes By Congressional District (03-14-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-14-2019)

Ananich: 'We Can Do This' (03-14-2019)

Is This The Year Of The ‘Grand Bargain?' (03-11-2019)

Shirkey Prioritizing Auto Insurance Over Budget (03-11-2019)

The No Fault Inside-Outside Game Update (03-11-2019)

Gas Usage Could Decline 12% By 2025, And Tax Revenue With It (03-08-2019)

No Linkage On Roads, No-Fault . . . Yet? (03-06-2019)

Shirkey OK With $2.5B Target (03-06-2019)

Pension Tax-For-S-Corps Swap Referred To As 'Doubling Down On Stupid' (03-06-2019)

Does Shirkey Think We Need $2.5B For the Roads? (03-05-2019)

Whitmer's Plan Would Raise $2.5B For Roads (03-04-2019)

Whitmer Still Not Tipping Her Hand on No-Fault Reforms (02-27-2019)

CRC: Despite 2015 Package, State Will Be 'Plagued' With Poor Roads (02-26-2019)

Nearly One-Quarter Of Senate Staffers Make More Than A Senator (02-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-22-2019)

Gov's Second EO Attempt Will Fly Like An EGLE (02-21-2019)

McLellan: Legislature OK In Amending Proposals; Issue Taken To Supremes (02-20-2019)

House, Senate Seek Supremes Decision On Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage (02-19-2019)

Key Player Voting No On New Road Bucks (02-15-2019)

Manoogian Dials Up Hands-Free Device Bill (02-14-2019)

Governor's E.O. Rejected For First Time In 42 Years (02-14-2019)

Shirkey: Whitmer Sponsored A DEQ Commission In 2002 (02-14-2019)

What Did Shirkey, Chatfield Say After SOS? (02-13-2019)

Duggan Would 'Love' A Return To Tort (02-13-2019)

Chang Seeks Nessel's Opinion On 'Adopt & Amend' (02-13-2019)

GOP Leaders: New Revenue Needed For Roads (02-13-2019)

Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Heads To The House (02-13-2019)

Shirkey OK With Proposal A Revisit (02-13-2019)

Adopting An Early Budget Is Not Chatfield's Highest Priority (02-12-2019)

Whitmer Reaches Out To Republicans In 1st SOS . . . But Often Not Far Enough (02-12-2019)

Shirkey, Chatfield Won't Do Canned SOS Response (02-08-2019)

Whitmer Wants 'Legislative Improvements' For Healthy MI Work Reqs (02-08-2019)

Senate Slows Down E.O.-Killing Resolution (02-07-2019)

If EO Is Rescinded For Second Time In 56 Years, Is Honeymoon Over? (02-07-2019)

'Pension Tax' Repeal Discussion Begins In Hesitant Senate (02-06-2019)

House Votes To Clip EGLE's Wings (02-06-2019)

Lawmakers Grumble About Rejecting E.O. (02-05-2019)

House Gives Speaker Authority To Intervene In League v. Benson Redistricting Case (02-05-2019)

Chatfield PACs Raised, Spent More Than $1M In '18 (02-01-2019)

Legislative Panel: Leadership More Amenable To FOIA Expansion (02-01-2019)

Former Leaders Support 47-Cent Gas Tax Boost For Roads (01-31-2019)

Could Whitmer 'Take Ownership' Of 2015 Roads Package? (01-30-2019)

Benson's Redistricting Settlement Would Redraw 11 State House Districts (01-25-2019)

FOIA Expansion: Take Three (01-24-2019)

Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill First To Move In Session (01-24-2019)

Senate Gives Shirkey Authority To Intervene In Redistricting Case (01-23-2019)

R's 'Evaluating All Options' As Federal Shutdown Hits Day 32 (01-22-2019)

Meekhof Hangs Out His Consulting Shingle (01-17-2019)

First Quadrant Session In The Books (01-16-2019)

Shirkey Challenging Industry To Find Ways To Insure The Uninsured (01-16-2019)

Republicans Keep Big Numbers Advantages On Committees (01-11-2019)

Shirkey: 'Priority No. 1 Is No-Fault Reform' (01-10-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-10-2019)

Speaker Says Auto Insurance Rates 'Holding Back Our State' (01-09-2019)

Ananich's First Four Priorities Don't Include Roads Or No-Fault (01-09-2019)

Senate Seat Selection In A Nutshell (01-09-2019)

Whitmer: What Road Fee Hike? (01-08-2019)

Duggan: I Can Work With These Guys (01-07-2019)

Shirkey Puts Up Stop Sign On Any New Road Fee Hike (01-04-2019)

Snyder Policy Bill Vetoes In Lame Duck Outnumbered Rest Of 8-Year Term (01-04-2019)

O'Brien Formally Named The Next Secretary Of The Senate (01-03-2019)

Senate Names Committee Chairs; Lucido To Lead New Advice & Consent Panel (01-03-2019)

Whitmer's First SOS Pushed Back To Early February (01-03-2019)

Duggan Backs Off No Fault In Legislature (01-03-2019)

Whitmer Continues Bridges Theme At Inaugural (01-02-2019)

Shirkey Rounds Out Staff With Ackerman As Senior Advisor (01-02-2019)

Theis Most Conservative In House; Cochran Most Liberal (12-28-2018)

Snyder Vetoes 42 - Nonprofit Donor Shield, 'Any Suit Any Time' Go Down (12-28-2018)

Colbeck Most Conservative Again, Warren Most Liberal Again (12-27-2018)

Bits And Tidbits (12-27-2018)

Baby Drop Box Bills Among The 11 Vetoed By Snyder; 47 Signed (12-27-2018)

Two Conservatives, Two Liberals 2018's Most Quotable (12-26-2018)

15%-Per-Congressional District Petition Bill Going To Gov (12-21-2018)

Bright Line Campaign Rules Flicker Out, Plus 9 Other Things That Died (12-21-2018)

A Brief Rundown Of 10 Things That Passed (12-20-2018)

Senate Highlights From Day 10 Of Lame Duck (12-19-2018)

Committee Bits (12-19-2018)

Panel Moves Petition Drive Rule Rewrite (12-19-2018)

Nonprofit Donor Shield Bill Heading To Snyder (12-18-2018)

To Combat Opioids, Package Would Give MSP Access To MAPS System (12-17-2018)

Toxic Clean Up Money, Gaming Expansion, No-Fault Not Dead (12-13-2018)

Spina Bifida Bill Stalls Out In Senate Committee (12-11-2018)

Singh Questions 'Corruption' On Robertson Staffer Investigation, Campaign Bills (12-10-2018)

Shirkey Offers Up $45M In Insurance Fee Money Instead Of Tipping Fee Hike (12-06-2018)

Senate Bits: Late Changes Salvage Logging Truck Bill (12-06-2018)

Committee Bits (12-05-2018)

House Further Revises, Then Passes Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Bills (12-04-2018)

Paid Sick Leave Proponents: Negotiate With Us Or We Do This Again In '20 (12-03-2018)

Memo Of Understanding Transparency Bill Tried Again (11-29-2018)

Bits And Tidbits (11-29-2018)

Non-Profit Identification Shield Moves Out Of Committee (11-28-2018)

O'Brien Rumored To Be Next Secretary Of Senate (11-28-2018)

Late-Addition Telemedicine Abortion Ban Shoots Through Panel (11-27-2018)

Bits And Tidbits (11-27-2018)

Watered-Down Uncertified Sub Teacher Bill Moves (11-27-2018)

Bits And Tidbits (11-26-2018)

Paid Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage Supporters Decry 'Gutting' Of Policies (11-20-2018)