Rocca was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, and as vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. He also serves as a member of the Banking and Financial Services, Judiciary, and Local Government Committees.
Previously, Rocca served three terms in the House of Representatives. He was elected State Representative in 2004 and because of his background and expertise in business and law he was the only freshman to be appointed chairman of a standing policy committee in the Michigan House during the 93rd Legislature.
Rocca also served as a member of the Sterling Heights Automotive Task Force, which was dedicated to saving Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. He also helped sponsor a law allowing the Ford Motor Company to create jobs by building transaxles for electric vehicles at its Van Dyke Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights.
Throughout his time in both the Michigan Senate and House, Rocca has continually fought for taxpayers. In the Senate he has voted against taxing pensions, voted against changes to the homestead property tax credit, and in the House he voted against increases to Michigan’s personal income tax, and helped to repeal the state’s ill-conceived tax on services.
Rocca believes public servants should be held accountable to their constituents and has practiced what he’s preached. Rocca has maintained a 100 percent attendance record in the Senate and has worked to make sure that public officials share in the sacrifices that so many of Michigan’s residents are making during these difficult economic times. Rocca voted to cut the pay of state legislators by 10 percent, end retirement health care benefits for state legislators, and suspend all contributions that the state makes to legislators’ retirement plans. He also voted to dock the pay of state legislators who don’t show up for work.
Tory Rocca attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and worked his way through college as a laboratory technician specializing in DNA sequencing. Rocca graduated with distinction from Michigan’s School of Business Administration then went on to earn his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. His law experience includes the areas of business law, premises liability defense, and product liability defense.
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