Working for Michigan Families
Born and raised in Oakland County, Tim Greimel’s family has lived the American Dream. Tim is the grandson of immigrants who came to Michigan in search of economic opportunity and security for their family. His grandfather was a successful small businessman who opened a small tool and die shop. Another was a proud UAW member at Timken-Detroit Axle Company. His grandparents were able to help their kids go to college. Tim’s mom became a teacher and his father an architect. Tim grew up believing everyone who is willing to work hard should have a chance at success. He has spent his career fighting to extend that opportunity to all Michiganders, giving a voice to those who have not been given a fair shot.
Tim knows that a good education is the key to economic opportunity and upward mobility in Michigan. Tim is a proud product of Rochester Public Schools, where he played soccer, ran track, and was an Eagle Scout. He went on to serve that community on the Rochester School Board for seven years, eventually becoming the board President. Tim is proud that Rochester schools are among the very best in the state – he helped navigate a state-imposed budget cap to maintain that standard of excellence without raising taxes.
Whether it was on the school board or later on the Oakland County Commission or in the Michigan legislature, Tim has always had a passion for working with others to seek creative solutions to some of our toughest problems.
Tim worked, as a county commissioner, to diversify our economy by attracting new businesses to Oakland County and led efforts to provide health insurance for our most vulnerable citizens. He established an innovative micro-loan program to help small businesses in Oakland County start up and grow. When the economic downturn hit, Tim was proud to work with Democrats and Republicans to balance the county budget without raising taxes.
As a State Representative and legislative leader, Tim worked across party lines to establish Healthy Michigan and provide affordable access to health insurance to over 650,000 Michiganders. In a Republican led legislature, he passed a law to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and index increases to inflation to keep Michigan workers from falling further behind. He led Democratic efforts to provide structure and accountability to the Detroit bankruptcy, which helped set the stage for the economic resurgence that we are seeing across Southeast Michigan.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Master’s degree in Public Policy, and a law degree, all from the University of Michigan. Before being elected to the state legislature, Tim practiced employment and civil rights law and fought for whistleblowers and other employees who were treated unfairly by their employer.