|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 10th district
January 3, 2017 - January 3, 2021
|Born||November 14, 1956|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (before 2020)|
|Spouse(s)||Sherry Mitchell (m. 2008)|
|Education||Michigan State University (BA)|
|Net worth||$37.7 million (2018)|
Paul Mitchell III (born November 14, 1956) is an American businessman and politician from the state of Michigan who served as a U.S. Representative for Michigan's 10th congressional district. He was first elected in 2016.
In July 2019, Mitchell announced that he would not run for re-election in 2020. While serving, he was a member of the Republican Party until he left the party in December 2020, when he announced he was becoming an independent.
Mitchell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up as the oldest of six children in Waterford Township, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in 1978. Mitchell owned and operated Ross Medical Education Center.
Mitchell ran for the 32nd district seat in the Michigan State Senate in 2013 to succeed Roger Kahn, but withdrew from the race. He became the chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan, a conservative nonprofit foundation. Mitchell led a campaign opposed to Proposal 1, a ballot proposition proposing a tax plan for roads, on the May 2015 ballot.
Mitchell moved to Michigan's 10th congressional district in 2015 to run for the House of Representatives in that district, following Candice Miller's decision not to run for reelection. He won the primary, defeating Phil Pavlov and Alan Sanborn. Mitchell won the general election, defeating Frank Accavitti.
In July 2019, Mitchell announced he would not seek a third term in Congress, citing the "rhetoric and vitriol" of the federal government and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Shortly after a post on Twitter was sent by President Donald Trump on July 14, telling four female, minority, first-term congressional representatives to "go back" to their countries of origin, Mitchell called a fellow House GOP leader and asked him to persuade Trump to cease his rhetoric. Mitchell said, "It's the wrong thing for a leader to say", and he told the leader, "It's politically damaging to the party, to the country." A few days later, while Mitchell waited to go on to a prime-time television network appearance, he saw a clip of Trump rally attendees chanting, "send her back," aimed at one of the congresswomen, Ilhan Omar. Mitchell asked an aide, "How do I even respond to this on TV?" For Mitchell, the final straw was the refusal of Trump staffers to listen. Mitchell begged Vice President Mike Pence, and the Vice President's Chief of Staff Marc Short to arrange a one-on-one conversation between Mitchell and Trump to address his misgivings.
On November 29, 2020, Mitchell tweeted a response to a tweet by Trump claiming rigged elections: "Oh my God. . @realDonaldTrump Please for the sake of our Nation please drop these arguments without evidence or factual basis. #stopthestupid".
On December 14, 2020, during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Mitchell announced he would no longer continue as a member of the Republican Party and would serve out the rest of his term in Congress as an independent.
Mitchell moved to Saginaw County, Michigan, when he married his wife, Sherry Mitchell, in 2008. A longtime resident of Thomas Township, near Saginaw, he purchased a home in Dryden Township to run for the 10th district seat in Congress. He and his wife, Sherry, have six children.
|Democratic||Frank Accavitti Jr.||110,112||32.3||+2.9|
|Libertarian||Lisa Lane Gioia||10,612||3.1||+3.1|
|Republican||Paul Mitchell (incumbent)||182,808||60.3||-2.8|