State Representative Bill Sowerby represents the 31st House District, which is comprised of a large portion of Clinton Township and the cities of Fraser and Mt. Clemens. He grew up in St. Clair Shores as one of five children. He attended St. Gertrude Elementary, then Lake Shore High School before graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He began his public service career in 1989 serving four terms on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners representing Clinton Township. Sowerby was elected to the post of Clinton Township Treasurer in November, 1996, and was re-elected four more times and served through November 2016.
In his role as Treasurer, Sowerby served on the Clinton Township Board of Trustees. He also chaired the Township’s Budget, Ways and Means Committee, the Ambulance Committee, the Refuse Committee and the Transportation Committee. He also served as Treasurer of the Township’s Police and Fire Pension Board, and also as Clinton Township’s appointee on the 41-B District Court Council as well as the Grosse Pointes Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority.
Sowerby has also been active in his community. Since 2000, he served as Chair of the Annual Clinton Township Community Blood Drive, which has collected a grand total of 6,240 pints of blood over the past 17 annual blood drives. He has also served as a local coordinator for Green Michigan, a nonprofit organization that seeks to keep the environment a priority.
Sowerby has been married for 20 years to Martha Higgins. He has one son, Brad, and daughter-in-law, Briana.