Judge Power was elected to the bench in 1992 and re-elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.
A Traverse City native, Judge Power attended Traverse City High School (now Traverse City Central) and received a degree in economics from Carlton College, Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Power attended the University of Michigan Law School and received a master’s degree in taxation from New York University Law School before practicing law with the office of Elhart & Power. He represented Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties in the Michigan State Legislature for ten years and was a member of that body’s Judiciary Committee. Judge Power previously served on the Grand Traverse-Leelanau Mental Health Board and was a member of the Traverse City School Board.
Judge Power is a member of the Traverse City Rotary Club and is a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Air Auxiliary. He is married and has two children.