Paul Mitchell (politician)

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Paul Mitchell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byCandice Miller
Personal details
Born (1956-11-14) November 14, 1956 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationMichigan State University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Paul Mitchell III (born November 14, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Michigan. A member of the Republican Party, Mitchell is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 10th congressional district. He was first elected in 2016.

Early life and career[edit]

Mitchell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up as the oldest of six children in Waterford Township, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in 1978.[1] Mitchell owned and operated Ross Medical Education Center.[2]

Political career[edit]

Mitchell ran for the 32nd district seat in the Michigan State Senate in 2013 to succeed Roger Kahn,[3] but withdrew from the race.[4] He became the chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan, a conservative nonprofit foundation.[5] Mitchell led a campaign opposed to Proposal 1, a ballot proposition proposing tax plan for roads, on the May 2015 ballot.[6][7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2014 campaign[edit]

Mitchell ran for the United States House of Representatives in Michigan's 4th congressional district in 2014, losing the Republican Party primary election to John Moolenaar.[8]

2016 campaign[edit]

He moved to Michigan's 10th congressional district in 2015 to run for the House of Representatives in that district, following Candice Miller's decision not to run for reelection.[2][9][10] He won the primary, defeating Phil Pavlov and Alan Sanborn.[11] Mitchell won the general election, defeating Frank Accavitti.[12]


Mitchell assumed office on January 3, 2017. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[13]

Mitchell voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell moved to Saginaw County, Michigan, when he married his wife, Sherry Mitchell, in 2008.[2] A longtime resident of Thomas Township, near Saginaw,[15] he bought a home in Dryden Township to enter the race for the 10th. He and his wife, Sherry, have six children. [2]


  1. ^ "Michigan State University 1978 Spring Term Commencement" (PDF). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Nann Burke, Melissa; Livengood, Chad (July 13, 2015). "Millionaire Mitchell joins race for Rep. Miller's seat". Detroit News. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Saginaw County businessman Paul Mitchell to run for Sen. Roger Kahn's seat". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Saginaw County businessman Paul Mitchell drops out of 32nd State Senate District race". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Tower, Mark (September 18, 2014). "After millions spent in unsuccessful bid for Congress, Paul Mitchell named chairman of conservative nonprofit". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Egan, Paul; Gray, Kathleen (May 6, 2015). "Michigan voters soundly reject Proposal 1 road tax plan". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Oosting, Jonathan (July 13, 2015). "Paul Mitchell, businessman who fought Michigan roads Proposal 1, making second run for Congress". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sen. John Moolenaar defeats Paul Mitchell in 4th District congressional Republican primary race". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Businessman Mitchell enters race to replace Miller". Detroit Free Press. July 13, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Tower, Mark (February 9, 2016). "Paul Mitchell to seek Candice Miller's seat in Congress". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  11. ^ Gibbons, Lauren (August 3, 2016). "Paul Mitchell wins 10th Congressional Republican primary, and other U.S. House results". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Lesniewski, Niels; Lesniewski, Niels (November 9, 2016). "Republican Paul Mitchell Elected in Michigan's 10th District". Roll Call. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Saginaw County businessman Paul Mitchell enters race for Congressman Dave Camp's seat". Retrieved November 6, 2016.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Donald McEachin
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Stephanie Murphy