Biography of Attorney General Bill Schuette

Attorney General Bill Schuette

Bill Schuette is the 53rd Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

Bill and his wife Cynthia reside in their hometown of Midland, Michigan and are the parents of two children, daughter Heidi and son Bill.

Bill was first elected as Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term on November 4, 2014.

From the beginning, Bill Schuette has been a powerful Voice for Victims. He formed the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking and engineered the plan to fund the testing of thousands of long-abandoned DNA evidence boxes to provide justice to victims of sexual assault.

As a Voice for the Constitution, Schuette successfully defended Michigan's Constitution before the United States Supreme Court, protecting equal treatment in admissions to our state's public universities.  He also defended the pensions of Michigan's police and firefighters during Detroit's historic bankruptcy.

Schuette is leading an independent investigation into the Flint Water crisis to determine what laws, if any, were violated.  Upon taking office, Schuette formed a new Public Integrity Unit that has brought more than 350 charges against more than 75 defendants.

Bill Schuette is leading a multi-state effort to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, including Asian Carp.  He is also the co-chair of a state task force examining underwater pipelines.

Bill has served as a United States Congressman, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan State Senator and as a Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.  Bill Schuette is the only Attorney General in Michigan history to have served in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.  In addition, Schuette serves as the 2015-16 Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

From his father, mother and stepfather, Bill learned the basic Michigan values of honesty, hard work, the importance of your word, strength of family and the need to give back to your community.

Bill is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and studied at the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland.  He received his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and has an honorary degree from Northwood University. 

Bill serves as Vice President of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and is also a trustee of the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. In 2015, Schuette authored his first book, “Big Lessons from a Small Town,” about the fundamental lessons that shape our values and lives.  The book includes insights from local, state and world leaders on service and leadership.

Cynthia and Bill Schuette created the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fund drive to benefit Michigan's food banks.  Since 1991, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has raised more than $10 million and collected nearly 10 million pounds of food.