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Cast 99% Of All Eligible Roll Call
Votes This Session
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Shirkey, Mike (R)

State Senator District 16
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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  


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.  


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.


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.


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


Craig Ryan
Cell Phone: 517-881-2645

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