Michigan Senate Majority Speaker
Received money from Ford Motor Co., Molina Healthcare, Michigan Auto Dealers Association, AT&T, General Motors, Richard DeVos, Blue Cross Blue Sheild, Dow Chemical, the Michigan Restaurant Association and other companies.
Michigan Senate recognized Gay Pride Month under his leadership
Denies claims of voter fraud.
“In the conversation, Shirkey dismissed claims of massive election fraud in Michigan that President Donald Trump had alleged.”
Donald Trump calls Shirkey a RINO.
“Michigan’s Republican State Legislators should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this horrible situation to happen. In particular, the incompetent RINO Majority Leader, Mike Shirkey, and Senator Ed McBroom. Maybe McBroom is really a Democrat who could not otherwise get elected in Northern Michigan,” Trump said.”
Censured by Hillsdale County GOP
Shirkey Chief of Staff went to work for far left MI Attorney General Dana Nessel
Wanted to tie restaurant reopenings to COVID-19 metrics – violating the Constitution.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-ClarkLake) “demanded” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer create metrics that restaurants could use when her administration’s recent shutdown order on eating establishments, bars and entertainment.
The administration should target those establishments that violate health and safety standards designed to protect patrons from COVID-19 spread, Shirkey said, as opposed to issuing orders that “threaten the livelihood of an entire industry.”
Accepted over $10,000 from lobbyists and special interest groups
Did not vote to end the $300 / week unemployment federal benefits in the summer of 2021
Abstained from vote on a bill that would have prohibited Governor Whitmer from taking on more road debt
Voted to expand Medicaid eligibility
Dark money accepted:
$1,000 from MIGOP Chairman Ron Weiser on 12/31/13, who gave money to Joe Biden
$1,000 from Michigan Chamber of Commerce lobbying group on 7/15/10.
$1,000 from Meijer PAC on 06/18/12. Peter Meijer, member of the Meijer family, voted to impeach Trump.
Gave $1,500 to Ron Weiser for his campaign for U-M Board of Regents on 10/26/2016.
Gave $250 to John McCain’s Presidential campaign on 12/17/2007.
Major questions have been raised about Shirkey’s business dealings in China
“Shirkey is the founder and owner of Orbitform, an engineering company that builds assembly machines for manufacturers.
The machines are sold in China by OCS Automation Technologies Co., which registered as a limited liability company with the Chinese government in 2018. According to the company’s website, OCS stands for Orbitform’s China Sales. The company exclusively sells Orbitform machines and equipment to Chinese manufacturers. The equipment is used for auto parts, medical supplies, and industrial automation, according to a translated version of the company’s website.
OCS Automation has multiple locations in China and describes itself as a “leading company in the press fitting industry and riveting industry.”
“But Shirkey’s company also imports shipments from China, Thailand, India, and Mexico, according to data from the global trade intelligence firm Panjiva.”