Judge Elsenheimer was appointed to the bench in 2017 to replace retired Judge Philip E. Rodgers, Jr.
Judge Elsenheimer is a native of Traverse City, and now owns the same East Bay Township farm where four generations of his family have lived. He attended Traverse City Senior High School (now Central) and received undergraduate degrees from Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University. He attended law school at Wayne State University. He served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Antrim County before forming the firm of Young, Graham, Elsenheimer & Wendling, P.C., based in Bellaire.
After five years as a trustee on the Bellaire School Board, the Judge served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, where he was elected Assistant Speaker Pro Tem, Assistant Minority leader, and Minority Leader. He chaired a Standing Committee on Tort Reform and served on the Judiciary Committee. He served in Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). His prior service to the administration includes time as a Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and as Executive Director of the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency.
Judge Elsenheimer is married and has three children.