Patrick Colbeck is currently serving his second term in elected office as the State Senator for Michigan’s 7th District. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering as well as a graduate of the Life Sciences Department of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He has over 20 years of engineering and management experience in a variety of industries, including engineering responsibility for key elements of the Life Support System for the International Space Station, instruction of students at Space Camp, program management leadership for an advanced training and simulation system for the Department of Defense, and running his own small business.
Senator Colbeck currently serves as the vice-chair of the Elections and Government Reform Committee; and serves on the following Appropriations Subcommittees: State Police and Military Affairs; Education; Judiciary; Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security.
Under his leadership, the state has shifted its focus from simply spending money on government services to ensuring that we improve the services offered to our citizens for this money. The results have been encouraging. In regards to serving our veterans, for example, Michigan is now recognized as one of the top 3 states for our claims work after years of being ranked among the worst.
The Senator is a co-founder and board member for the Freedom Center hospitality center at Metro Airport and the Troy Military Entrance Processing Station. The Senator has received numerous awards including the Paul Fannin Statesman of the Year Award, the Senior Alliance Legislator of the Year Award and the Golden Apple Award.
He lives with his wife, Angie, in Canton.