Bill Sowerby grew up in St. Clair Shores as one of five children. He attended St. Gertrude Elementary, then Lake Shore High School before graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bill began his public service career in 1989 as a Macomb County Commissioner representing Clinton Township. The citizens of Clinton Township then elected him as their Township Treasurer in November of 1996 and re-elected him to that post four more times. Bill then was elected as State Representative for the 31st District in 2016 and he is currently serving his second term.

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As State Representative, Bill Sowerby serves as the Minority Vice-Chair of the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee and he also serves on the Commerce and Tourism Committee, Education Committee, and the Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee. Bill has a 100% attendance and voting record in committee and the House legislative session. During his two terms in the House of Representatives, Bill has introduced legislation protecting access to health care, increasing wages and growing our economy, improving our public education system, and protecting our environment and natural resources, among other legislative priorities.


Bill Sowerby’s commitment to the community goes beyond his political duties. In 2000 he helped to establish the Annual Clinton Township Community Blood Drive, which remains one the largest community-wide efforts in southeast Michigan. He previously served as the chair of the two-day, multiple location event. Bill is a member of Green Michigan, a non-profit organization that seeks to keep the environment a priority. He is also a member of the Mount Clemens Optimist Club, a senior member of the Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club and also a member of the Macomb County Historical Society.

Bill Sowerby believes that it is an honor to be representing Clinton Township, Fraser, and Mount Clemens in the Michigan House of Representatives. He knows the concerns of the people who live here and what the people and businesses who call the 31stdistrict home, want to see from their state government. Residents with questions, concerns, or ideas are always welcome to contact Bill and express their thoughts. If re-elected Bill will continue to strongly represent his constituents and ensure that Lansing does not forget about Macomb County.

Bill Sowerby has been married to Dr. Martha Higgins for 23 years and has one son, Brad, and daughter-in-law, Briana.

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Bill Sowerby believes in public service, but lately, there is a lot of cynicism about those who run for office.  Elected officials are viewed in the same light as car salesmen, and Bill has been both!  But, no matter the job Bill has taken on, he has always worked hard to serve his constituents with integrity, listening to your concerns and trying to figure out how to solve problems.  Bill was proud to be elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016 and 2018 and he is seeking re-election this year because there is still so much left to do – Michigan needs an economy that lifts everyone, not just a wealthy few.  We need to make our health care system more affordable and equitable, fix the roads, and provide resources for public education that makes teachers and students successful.  Bill wants to protect our water resources, and so much more.  Bill has raised his voice to make sure those in Lansing understand the concerns of folks living in Clinton Township, Fraser, and Mount Clemens.  Bill has always believed that elected officials should use their positions not to enrich themselves, but to benefit the people they represent.

Please feel free to call Bill Sowerby at 586-286-9762 or email him at if you have any questions, concerns or issues.