Governor appoints Bieda to Michigan Tax Tribunal

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 5, 2019

 Steve Bieda

Steve Bieda

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WARREN — Former state legislator Steve Bieda has been appointed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Bieda, D-Warren, served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008 in District 25, and was later elected to two four-year terms in the state Senate representing District 9. An attorney, he left the Senate under term limits after the 2018 election and was working as the director of legislative affairs for the Michigan Department of Treasury when he was appointed by Whitmer on June 28.

The Michigan Tax Tribunal functions as an administrative court responsible for adjudicating state tax appeals. While the majority of its work involves property taxes, the seven-member body also deals with individual and business tax disputes.

Whitmer also named Christine Schauer, of Kalamazoo, to the tribunal. Schauer works as the operations manager at a title services company and previously served as the Calhoun County treasurer. She is married to former Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

“Steve and Christine have a wide range of experiences and knowledge that have set them both up for success within their roles on the Michigan Tax Tribunal,” Whitmer said in a statement announcing the appointments. “I have full confidence that both Steve and Christine will work hard for the people of Michigan.”

Bieda called the appointment “a natural fit” for him because of his experience working legislatively with tax law and tax policy.

“I’m honored that they selected me,” Bieda said. “I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, chairs the Advice and Consent Committee that maintains oversight over gubernatorial appointments. He served with Bieda in the Michigan Legislature and said he does not believe a formal hearing will be necessary to confirm either of the appointments to the tribunal.

“I don’t know Mrs. Schauer. I do know Steve Bieda. Being a former colleague of ours, on top of it, he’s got a legal background. He’s from Macomb County,” Lucido said. “I wish him the best of luck. I think he’ll serve Macomb and the state proudly and honorably.”     
Bieda said the appointment was scheduled to take effect July 8, after press time.

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