Michigan’s 8th Congressional District

Candidates: Republican Mike Bishop and Democrat Suzanna Shkreli

Libertarian Jeff Wood, Natural Law Candidate Jeremy Burgess  and the Green Party’s Maria Green also will be on the ballot.

Melissa Mason

Michigan’s 8th Congressional District

Michigan’s 8th Congressional District includes parts of Oakland County and all of Ingham and Livingston. Actress Melissa Gilbert, of “Little House on Prairie” fame, was a Democratic candidate, but she withdrew from the race in May, citing health reasons. 

Republican Incumbent Mike Bishop

Republican Mike Bishop

Freshman Congressman Mike Bishop was a private practice attorney for five years, then served in the Michigan House and Senate. He was Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2010. He received his J.D. from Michigan State and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Bishop’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Twitter @RepMikeBishop

Democratic Challenger Suzanna Shkreli

Suzanna Shkreli for Congress/Facebook

Democratic Candidate Suzanna Shkreli

Shkreli graduated from Oakland University and became a Macomb County prosecutor. She is in the Child Protection Unit and represented the U.S. Department of Justice in training law enforcement about victim rights. 

Shkreli’s Campaign Website

Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @SuzannaForMI

Libertarian Jeff Wood

Wood’s platform is to end all government in the United States.

Wood’s Campaign Website 

Follow him on Facebook

Green Party Candidate Maria Green

Green is an activist and herbal practitioner, who says her priorities involve ending the war on drugs and legalizing cannabis. Green is also involved in child protective services reform regarding families with cannabis exposure.

Green’s Campaign Website

Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @greenformich

Natural Law Candidate Jeremy Burgess

Burgess is a research and development engineer with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Chemistry from Oakland University. He says his priorities are economic growth, national debt reduction and education.

Follow him on Facebook

About the Voters

Population 714,299
Age Distribution: 18-34 23.9%
Age Distribution: 35-59 34.9%
Age Distribution: 60+ 18.2%
Male 49.2%
Female 50.8%

White: 86.1%
Black: 5.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
Asian: 3.9%
Some other race: 1.0%
Two or more: 3.1%
Hispanic or Latino: 4.7%

Foreign-born 6.9%
Education Level

Less than high school graduate: 6.5%
High school graduate: 22.4%
Some college or associate’s degree: 33.2%
Bachelor’s degree: 22.5%
Graduate or professional degree: 15.4%


Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey,
2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Previous Congressional Election Results

2014 General Election 

Mike Bishop (R) - 54.60%

Eric Schertzing (D) - 42.06%

2012 General Election

Mike Rogers (R) 58.60%

Lance Enderle (D) - 37.29%

WDET Coverage of the 8th Congressional District

Michigan’s 8th Congressional District Race Highlights Concerns About Trump

Gilbert’s Departure Leaves Big Question Mark on 8th Congressional District Ballot

Wayne State University Communication Students Clara Ruffin and Juan Carlos Mendez contributed to this coverage.





Image credit: Melissa Mason

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