Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Kevin Elsenheimer to 13th Circuit Court

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 14:51:13-05

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Kevin Elsenheimer to the 13th Circuit Court, which covers Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties.

“Kevin has demonstrated excellence and leadership throughout his lengthy career in public service,” Snyder said. “He has already served the state of Michigan with distinction and his significant experience as an attorney and administrator will continue to help the residents of the 13th Circuit Court district.”

Elsenheimer currently serves as the executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Prior to that position, he served as a Senior Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs where he spearheaded reforms in the state’s workers compensation programs, handled hearings and adjudicated disputes as an administrative law judge.  He also served as the Director of the Workers Compensation Agency until receiving his appointment as Senior Chief Deputy.

Elsenheimer has broad legal experience ranging from civil litigation and municipal law to criminal prosecutions. He began his career at the Antrim County Prosecutor’s office and in 1995 was a cofounder of the law firm of Young, Graham, Elsenheimer & Wendling, PC, in Bellaire.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in November of 2003 and served as the Minority Leader from 2008 to 2010.  Elsenheimer is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar of Western Michigan, and the Supreme Court of the United States Bar Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1987 from Michigan State University and a law degree in 1994 from Wayne State University.

Elsenheimer fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Philip Rodgers. He must seek election in November 2018 for the remainder of the term ending in 2020. The appointment comes after a thorough judicial candidate search, including vetting and qualifications rating by the State Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee.

The search for a new director to head the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is underway.