Justice Brian Zahra

(R-Northville Township)
Supreme Court
Michigan Hall Of Justice, PO Box 30052
Lansing, MI  48909

Biographical Information

Born: January 9, 1960 in Detroit
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Suzanne
Children: Kevin, Claire
Education: Law Degree, University of Detroit; Bachelor's degree in General Studies, Wayne State University
Employment/Military Record: I have 18 years of service in the judiciary: Michigan Supreme Court Justice, 2011-Present; Michigan Court of Appeals Judge, 1998-2011; and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, 1994-1998. Prior to that, I was partner in the Dickinson Wright law firm and law clerk to Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of the United States.
Community Activities: Several community organizations, including the Catholic Lawyers Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Novi Youth Hockey Association, Kiwanis Club International and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan.
Religion: Catholic

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Justice (1/14/2011 - 12/31/2030)
Other Offices: Wayne Circuit Court 1996 (successful); Michigan Court of Appeals 2000 and 2006 (successful) and Michigan Supreme Court 2004 (unsuccessful).

Elections and Political Participation

Supreme Court 2022
General Vote: 1,493,317 of 6,255,661 (23%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Detroit Regional Chamber PAC (primary); Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC (primary); Michigan Manufacturers Association (primary)

Supreme Court 2014
General Vote: 1,450,326 of 4,529,041 (32%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Bankers Association, Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Realtors PAC

Supreme Court 2012
General Vote: 1,745,105 of 3,522,886 (49%)

Court of Appeals 1st District 2006
General Vote: 275,260 of 955,801 (28%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Supreme Court 2004
General Vote: 595,907 of 6,109,626 (9%)

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