William “Bill” Schuette
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Trustee

May 6, 2013 through Present

Bill Schuette served as Michigan’s 53th Attorney General from 2011-2019. Bill has extensive experience in both federal and state government and has served Michigan in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government for three decades. Bill’s commitment to public service began in 1984 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served three terms in Congress.

In January 1991, Bill was named Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he served on Governor John Engler’s Cabinet. In 1994, Bill was elected to the Michigan Senate, representing Michigan’s 35th Senate District. During his eight years in the Senate, Bill served on the Judiciary Committee, Technology and Energy Committee, Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee, and was Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Chairman of the Reapportionment Committee. In November of 2002, Bill was elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals and served for 6 years as one of 28 appellate judges in Michigan. Bill served as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Warner, Norcross & Judd from 2009-2010.

Bill has served as a member of various boards and organizations in his community and throughout Michigan. A native of Midland, Michigan, Bill graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1976, receiving a B.S. in Foreign Service. He studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1979. In 2005, Bill received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood University. He and his wife Cynthia, are the parents of two children.

(L-R) Michigan Attorney General and Foundation Trustee Bill Schuette visits with Former United States Secretary of State and Foundation Trustee James A. Baker, III following the 2014 William E. Simon Lecture in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 14, 2014. (Photo Courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Humphries)

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