Mike’s Story

Mike grew up in a small town in northern Michigan near Traverse City where his parents owned a real estate company and a Christmas tree business. It was as a boy and young man in northern Michigan where he began to learn the value of hard work by spending his days in the Christmas tree fields when not in school. Mike also learned about the outdoors and became a proficient hunter and sportsman. When Mike was a freshman in high school, his parents moved him to Rochester Hills Michigan where he finished high school at Rochester Adams High. After high school, he attended Oakland University where he studied political science and served as President of the College Republicans. Mike graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Mike Detmer Speaks Michigan!

After college, Mike worked as a loan originator for a mortgage broker based in Bloomfield Hills and quickly worked his way up to Vice President of the company. In 1999 he met his lovely wife Kriston and married in 2001. In 2002, the couple moved to Kansas with their special needs Son and opened a branch of the Michigan-based mortgage company. In 2004, Mike switched gears and jumped into the automotive industry after the mortgage company he worked for dissolved in Michigan.

After almost 12 years in Kansas, Mike and his wife decided to leave and move to Florida where their Son could finish high school. Their son Zach is profoundly deaf and the schools in Kansas were becoming inadequate.

In 2015, the Detmer family returned to Michigan and purchased a home in Howell to be near Kriston’s family and now focus attention on their daughter’s education.

Mike’s work in the automotive business and Kriston’s career as a local Realtor have allowed them to really come to know, connect and appreciate the character, charm and integrity of the people of Livingston county. After having spent many years away, they feel it was like coming home, which is why Mike ran for the US House of Representatives in 2020 and has been fighting so hard for the people of the area and the state. This is also why he is once again jumping back in the race for the State Senate for 2022.

You will see the slogan “Mike Speaks Michigan” on his social media profiles, on literature and on his website because he understands and shares the sentiment and values of those who live in the 22nd State Senate District, who deserve trusted leadership in elected office with a main objective to truly represent the people.

Mike’s Principles

✓ US Constitution
✓ Michigan Constitution
✓ Small Business
✓ 1st Amendment / Religious Freedom
✓ 2nd Amendment / Right to bear arms
✓ Limited Government
✓ Support for Law Enforcement
✓ Pro Life
✓ Pro Student
✓ Pro Family


It’s time to get behind a real patriotic leader who will fight for your values and freedoms. Mike Detmer is that patriotic leader!

“I confidently endorse Mike Detmer to be the next Representative in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.”

– Sheriff David Clarke Jr. (ret)