Bill Mckay J.D.
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25th Senator of Michigan
In office
Assumed office
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Robert P. Griffin
Personal details
Born August 18, 1944
Detroit, Michigan
Citizenship American
Political party U.S. Democratic Party logo (transparent) Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy McKay
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1968-1970
Rank Army-USA-OR-07.svg Sergeant First Class
Unit 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Tet Offensive (Battle of Saigon), Cambodian Campaign
Awards Silver Star ribbon Silver Star

Purple Heart Bar Purple Heart

Bill McKay J.D. is an American politician and lawyer. He is the current incumbent of the Class 2 Senate seat in the state of Michigan, and has been since 1978. He attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his law degree. He saw combat in the Vietnam War until 1970 when he was honorably discharged.

Early Life and Education

McKay was born on August 18, 1944 in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He was born to John McKay and Andrea McKay. John was a member of the Detroit City Council and a World War 2 combat veteran, while Andrea was a lawyer. McKay attended a Catholic primary school in the city of Detroit, and then attended a Catholic high school in Detroit as well. He graduated as a valedictorian, and then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He got his law degree in 1964, and then moved to the city of Flint, Michigan. While in Flint, he established his own law firm.

Military Service

He was successful, and stayed in the Flint area for 4 years until 1968, when he was drafted to go to Vietnam. He served in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army, and saw combat in a number of battles. He managed to get promoted to Sergeant First Class, where he commanded his own platoon. Unfortunately, during the Cambodian Campaign, he was shot and injured. The Army then discharged him, and he came home to Detroit. He earned the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Political Career

When he arrived back home, his father encouraged him to enter into politics. He took his advice, and ran for a spot on the city council of Detroit. He won, and after his term was up, ran for the Mayor of Detroit. He won the election, and was Mayor of Detroit from 1974-1978, where he declined to run for re-election, and instead ran for Senate. He managed to win against his Republican opponent, and was nominated as the 25th Class 2 Senator of Michigan.

Platform & Personal Life

McKay is supportive of the following ideas (subject to change):

  • Stricter Gun Regulation
  • Banning Nuclear Weapons
  • Subsidies
  • Social Security
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Better Education
  • Regulating Wall Street
  • Higher Taxes On Rich
  • Lower Taxes On Poor & Middle Class
  • Increased Minimum Wage

He has a wife, Nancy McKay, who lives in Detroit. He is a self described 'nerd' and likes to read science-fiction novels and watch science-fiction movies. He is also a fan of the new video game industry. He has no children, and has no brothers or sisters. His injury in the Vietnam War is fully healed, and causes no more problems. He is running for President in 1980.