About Senator Bieda
In 2002, I was elected as Michigan’s 25th District State Representative, where I got right to work for the people of Macomb County. My public service has continued with my election to the state Senate in 2010, and again in 2014, where I represent the 9th District. In my time with the legislature, I have sponsored over 45 Public Acts – on subjects ranging from the state’s tax structure, consumer protection, economic development and judicial reform. I authored, and fought for, the Legal Defense Fund Reporting Act, which is the only major piece of ethics reform to reach the governor’s desk in more than a decade. I have supported comprehensive revisions to Michigan’s Bottle Deposit Law to stop the flow of fraudulent containers from out-of-state, which saves Michigan millions of dollars. Being a driving force behind the replacement of the outdated Single Business Tax, I replaced it with legislation that provided tax credits and incentives for businesses to grow and invest in Michigan, while maintaining the flow of needed revenue. I have also been appointed to the financial management review teams for the cities of Ecorse and River Rouge. In my close workings with members of the legislative and executive branches, my record reflects the consistent pursuit of a cleaner government, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy for the state of Michigan.
In this current legislative session, I have continued my hard work in Lansing. I have had a number of bills signed into law, the most recent of which concerns the posting of pornographic pictures on the internet without the consent of the person who was photographed. Senate Bill 508, which is now Public Act 89 of 2016, is commonly referred to as the “Revenge Porn” law. In August 2015, I was able to bring a piece of Michigan history back to the Capitol lawns. Two cannons had been located on the east Capitol lawns – as a reminder of Michigan’s role in the Civil War, for nearly 60 years before they were melted down during World War II, as part of the war effort. Working with Senator Mike Kowall, I was able to bring two historical replicas to take their rightful place on the Capitol lawn. I have also introduced a number of bills aimed at protecting animals and our great state’s environment during this session as well.
Prior to my service in the state legislature, I worked as a director of labor relations in Warren and a senior policy analyst for Michigan’s House of Representatives. I also enjoy the distinction of being the only living Michiganian to design a coin for the U.S. Mint: I designed the reverse side of the U.S. Olympic Half Dollar that was issued in 1992. I was also a chairman for the Thomas Edison Silver Dollar Project, which commemorated the 125th anniversary of the invention of the light bulb. Additionally I have had the honor of acting as a fundraiser and grant writer for the Michigan Labor Legacy Project, that yielded the largest monument commemorating the U.S. labor movement. This monument, named “Transcending,” can be seen on the Detroit riverfront in Hart Plaza.
Raised in Warren, I am a lifelong resident of Macomb County. After attending Cousino High School, I went on to receive my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University. Later, I earned my juris doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law as well as a Master of Tax Law degree from Wayne State University Law School.