Steve Bieda was born and raised in Michigan. Steve was raised in Warren, went to public schools here, and graduated from Cousino High School.
His father and grandfather were autoworkers. His mother dedicated her life to her children, her community and her church.
Steve worked his way through college at Wayne State University at a local pet store and at General Motors. He earned his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. As an attorney, he helped seniors with estate planning and did volunteer legal work for for low-income people. Steve has been recognized as a statewide leader in securing justice for wrongfully convicted and incarcerated Michigan prisoners both as a lawyer and legislator.
In 2002, Steve won his first race for state Representative as a Democrat in a tough, Republican-held district. He quickly earned a reputation for being a tireless worker for Macomb County and middle-class families.
Steve has been a leader in holding politicians to high ethical standards, fighting against gerrymandering, and protecting and strengthening the right to vote. He has worked on bills strengthening labor unions, helping homeowners facing foreclosure, building on civil rights, securing justice, and beefing up consumer protections.
Steve voted against the 2004 measure banning same-sex marriage in Michigan, which caused pundits to rank him as one of the three most vulnerable members of the House. Steve proved the pundits wrong. He was the only one of the three re-elected that year. He won his last term in 2006.
In 2007, Steve finally convinced his colleagues to pass the landmark law requiring legal defense funds to disclose their donors after the Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick scandal. This was called the most important piece of Michigan ethics legislation in the last 20 years. Steve was term-limited from office in 2008.
In 2010, Steve won another hard-fought election and joined the state Senate. He has now served more than 13 years in the Michigan Legislature. Steve has personally sponsored and passed more than 50 bills and public acts, in addition to co-sponsoring hundreds of others, as he’s served in both the majority and minority.
He was named the MIRS 2017 “Michigan Democrat of the Year” and has been praised for his ability to win Republicans over on progressive bills for criminal justice reform, ethics reform, animal rights, workers' rights and more.
As Macomb County Clerk, Steve will continue to fight for working people in the state of Michigan.
No candidate is better prepared to get things done and to restore honor and integrity to the Clerk's Office after the past two years of turmoil.