Born in Flint, Michigan, on 28 March 1941, Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.
Bill Ballenger holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held the Robert P. & Marjorie Griffin Endowed Professorship in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan / Flint; Michigan State University; & Western Michigan University.
Much has been said about Bill Ballenger over the years. He has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits." In addition to editing and publishing the "Inside Michigan Politics" newsletter, he appears frequently on radio and television nationally & throughout Michigan. He also gives speeches & quotes to a variety of newspapers & various interest groups.
Does Bill go on the road?
Absolutely! Inside Michigan Politics editor/publisher Bill Ballenger is available to speak to your organization.
Involved in the Michigan political community for over three decades, Bill Ballenger is a recognized authority on Michigan government and politics. IMP is considered must-read material for Michigan's business and political leaders. And Ballenger is a regular commentator and political analyst for Lansing's WLNS-TV (Channel 6) & WILX (Channel 10), nationally on CNN-TV, CNBC, and on Channels 2, 4 and 7 (Detroit) and Nippon TV (Japanese cable), Channels 5, 8, and 12 and radio stations in Detroit (WJR, WWJ, WXYT and WCXI) and a dozen other cities, plus Michigan Public Radio, Public Television's "Off the Record" and "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer."
For nearly a dozen years Ballenger's "News/Talk 870" call-in show on WKAR-AM every Friday (11:00a-12 Noon) was the only radio program in Michigan devoted to in-depth discussion of all sides of all the important political issues.
Ballenger speaks frequently on issues pertaining to Michigan government and politics. He often serves as a moderator at candidate forums.
Ballenger has also been cited in The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Associated Press.
If you want Bill Ballenger to speak to your organization, call (517) 487-6665 or write IMP at 2029 S. Waverly Rd., Lansing, MI 48917.
Bill Ballenger has spoken for the following groups:
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
- American Society of Public Administrators (Michigan Chapter)
- Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
- Association of Accountants, Auditors, & Business Administrators
- Bloomfield Republican Women's Club
- Communication Workers of America
- Construction Council of Michigan
- County Road Association of Michigan
- County Treasurers Association of Michigan
- Democratic Club 225 (Flint)
- Firstbank Corp.
- Genesee County Medical Society
- Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
- Grand Traverse Co. Lincoln Day Center
- Health Care Association of Michigan
- Holland Chamber of Commerce
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Michigan Association of Counties
- Michigan Association of Insurance Companies
- Michigan Association of School Administrators
- Michigan Association of School Boards
- Michigan Business Groups (Washington, D.C.)
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Michigan Community College Association
- Michigan Conference of Political Scientists
- Michigan Farm Bureau
- Michigan Federation of Private Child & Family Agencies
- Michigan League of Human Services
- Michigan Licensed Beverage Association
- Michigan Municipal League
- Michigan Out-of-Formula School District Association
- Michigan Secretary of State, Elections Division Personnel
- Michigan Society of Association Executives
- Michigan State Medical Society
- Michigan State University Public Policy Forum
- Michigan Townships Association
- Michigan United County Officers Association
- Middle Cities Education Association
- National Federation of Press Women
- Oakland County 400 Club (Republicans)
- Operation Action U.P. (Marquette)
- Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Michigan
- Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
- The Retired Officers Association
- Saginaw Valley Press Club
- Sales & Marketing Executives of Flint
- SEIU State Council
- 17th Congressional District Committee (Democrats)
- Traverse Bay Area K-12 School Superintendents
- Traverse City Area League of Women Voters
- Traverse City Rotary Club
- University of Michigan Alumni Association
- Upjohn Corp.
- Washington (D.C.) Area State Relations Group
- Western Michigan University, MPA Lecture Series