Steven M. Bieda was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the 37th District Court effective February 1, 2023. A lifelong Warren resident and Cousino Sr. High graduate, Bieda received his Bachelor’s in Public Affairs with minor in Psychology and Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University, Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Masters of Tax Law from Wayne State Law School. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bieda was an appointee of Governor Whitmer as Chairperson and administrative law judge with the Michigan Tax Tribunal, serving from 2019 to 2023.
Judge Bieda had previously served as Director of Labor Relations for the City of Warren and as Senior Policy Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives. Bieda was an original member of the City of Warren Cable Commission, and was instrumental in having City Council meetings televised. In 2002, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where he served for three successive terms. He was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 and reelected in November 2014, serving until January 1, 2019. Among the more than fifty pieces of legislation he sponsored, Bieda was the author of legislation compensating wrongfully convicted and incarcerated individuals, major rewriting of the state’s paternity laws, anti-dog fighting legislation and the Legal Defense Reporting Act. He also sponsored legislation for an income tax check-off to benefit the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial currently under construction in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Judge Bieda has served on a number of boards in Macomb County and Michigan, including the Lion’s Club, Girl Scouts of America, and the Macomb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. He was also involved in the celebration of Macomb County’s Bicentennial in 2018 and has been a board member of the Michigan History Foundation since 2019. Judge Bieda initiated and led a project to successfully raise private funds to replace Civil War cannons that had previously stood sentinel on the east front of the Capitol in Lansing. Similarly, he initiated and led two separate projects to raise funds for the erection of a plaque at the State Capitol and gravesite of Elijah Myers, capitol architect, and another project that erected a monument at the gravesite of Felix Schlag, designer of the Jefferson Five Cent piece at the artist’s gravesite in Owosso, Michigan. Bieda served on the board of Motor Cities National Heritage Area, including that of Chairman. He presently serves in an honorary capacity on the board and has been involved in automobile history in the state, including forming the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus. Bieda was fundraiser and grant-writer for the Michigan Labor Legacy Project, a nonprofit formed by the Michigan Labor History Society, which resulted in raising 1.5 million dollars for the construction in 2003 of “Transcending” in Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan.
Bieda served on the Michigan Capitol Committee and designed the 125th anniversary medal for the Capitol, and a 2009 medal honoring Elijah E. Myers on the centennial of the architect’s death. At the national level, Bieda designed a commemorative half dollar issued by the United States Mint for the 1992 Olympic games, worked on the 2004 Michigan Quarter, and initiated legislation resulting in the minting of the 2004 commemorative dollar honoring Thomas Edison and the invention of the incandescent bulb.
Bieda was an appointee on two separate Emergency Financial Review Boards under Gov. Granholm. He has also served in a number of capacities with the State Bar of Michigan, including the Character and Fitness committee and State Bar workgroup to develop a model for the “Business Law Court.” He has served since 2019 on the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, currently in the role of Treasurer. Upon his appointment to the bench, Bieda was also appointed to serve on the legislative section for the Michigan District Court Judges Association.