Our Member of the Week is Representative Mike Bishop of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. In Congress, He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
A lifelong resident of Oakland County, Michigan, Rep. Bishop served in both the Michigan House of Representatives and State Senate before making the leap to the United States House of Representatives.
We asked Rep. Bishop 10 questions…
1. What inspired you to run for Congress?
I decided to leave the private sector in 2014 to run for Congress because I believe this country is at a crossroads and it’s now time for me to get involved again. My wife and I have three children of our own, and we feel a real sense of duty to make a difference for our children and future generations.
2. What was your dream job growing up?
Like most boys, my dream job growing up was to play professional sports and, after that, I wanted to be an astronaut or a professional race-car driver. While I am not ruling out those professions in the future, I also consider my current position to be a dream job.
3. What has surprised you most about life on Capitol Hill?
I’m from a small town, so the big surprise to me so far is the sheer number of people who work in and around government.
4. Favorite sports team?
I grew up a huge sports fan. If particular, the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Tigers and, of course, my University of Michigan Wolverines. I’m also a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans.
5. If we were to empty your pockets, what would we find?
Wallet, cell phone, voting card, at least two CHC red and white candies, a pocket Constitution, and a pen and business cards.
6. Who is your biggest influence?
My greatest inspiration has always been my parents. From a very young age I was always taught to love my country, to be positive and to be make a difference. My father served with distinction in the Michigan Legislature while I was growing up, and my mother was actively involved in the community. At age 83, having just celebrated their 60th year of marriage, my parents continue to be my greatest inspiration and biggest influence.
7. When did you know you were a Republican?
At conception. I’m from a very large family and I can say without reservation, even my dog was a Republican. Our parents taught us love of country, personal responsibility, respect for Founding Fathers and Founding Principles and a general belief in liberty through limited government. To this very day, I believe that the fundamental principles of the Republican party represent common sense and good government.
8. What is the most important–but under-reported—policy issue you work on?
Regulatory reform. Our country, our businesses, and our families are being smothered by too much government and excess regulation. Departments, agencies and various other boards of bureaucrats continue to override the constitutional authority of Congress by promulgating rules and regulations that have the force and effect of law. This shadow government goes unnoticed and unreported, because there is very little debate, discussion and/or transparency in the rule making process. Reigning in out-of-control regulators is one of the most important responsibilities of elected government.
9. Describe your ideal “day-off”.
My ideal day off would include time away with my wife and kids, detached from the electronic world.
10. Salty or sweet?
Sweet. I have an insatiable sugar tooth and very little willpower.
Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:
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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV)
Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI)
Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)
Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
Rep. John Katko (R-NY)