|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 10th district
January 3, 2017
|Born||November 14, 1956|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Michigan State University (BA)|
|Net worth||$37.7 million (2018)|
Paul Mitchell III (born November 14, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Michigan. A member of the Republican Party, Mitchell is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 10th congressional district. He was first elected in 2016.
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 Washington and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Shortly after a tweet was sent by President Donald Trump on July 14th 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 T.V. network appearance, he saw a clip of Trump rally attendees chanting, "send her back," aimed at one of the congresswomen, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). 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.
Mitchell moved to Saginaw County, Michigan, when he married his wife, Sherry Mitchell, in 2008. A longtime resident of Thomas Township, near Saginaw, he bought a home in Dryden Township to enter the race for the 10th. 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|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 10th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority