Robert Gosselin (R)

Commissioner, District 11

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Boundaries: Includes the southern portion of  Rochester Hills and the northern portion of Troy, with a portion of Auburn Hills.

First elected: November 2006
Current term: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016

Contact information:
Oakland County Board of Commissioners
1200 North Telegraph Road
Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341-0421

Phone: 248-858-0100 (County); 248-250-3822 (Cell)
Fax: 248-267-9860; 248-858-1572 (County)


  • Planning & Building: Vice Chair
  • General Government: Member
  • Coordinating Zoning Committee: Chair


  • Troy City Council - Member (1993-1997)
  • State Representative (1999-2002 and 2005-2006)
  • Troy City Charter Revision Committee (1990-1993)
  • Oakland County Board of Commissioners (2007-Present, 4th Term)
  • Employment Relation, Train & Safety - Chairman, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Michigan House of Representatives Committees: Tax  Policy; Education; Government Operations; Transportation; and Health Policy

Oakland County Achievements:

  • Secured $2 million for Rail-to-Trails-Clinton River Trail.
  • M-59 & Adams Interchange w/Adams Road.
  • Crooks/M-59 Interchange; I-75 widening (8 Mile to Square Lake Road); M-59 (3 Lane to Macomb County); and reworked Auburn Road, and Adams to Dequindre.
  • Spearheaded: Successful effort to defeat Lansing's Internet tax legislation.
  • Spearheaded: Defeat of fuel tax increase.
  • Spearheaded: Defeat of measure that would buy jet aircraft for state elected officials.
  • Spearheaded: Effort to cap 6% sales tax on gasoline at $1.20/gallon (even when gas cost more).
  • Spearheaded: Saving taxpayers $10 million in acquisition costs, and saving jobs, by prevailing on MDOT to redesign a connector round around the Troy Delphi facility.
  • Spearheaded: Legislation reining-in Ameritech by limiting "local long distance" rates and mandating better customer service.
  • A Gosselin-sponsored hearing in Oakland County "broke the logjam" that had held up reform. Newspaper articles authored by Robert Gosselin spurred legislators to finish the job.
  • Spearheaded: Legislation that saved GM Tech Center by removing a legal roadblock to a local tax abatement.
  • Spearheaded: Successful legislation giving police and firefighters the human right to live where they choose, not just where they work (including Detroit).
  • Spearheaded: An effort to build a consensus in Lansing for no budget increases greater than the rate of inflation.
  • Spearheaded: Defeating transit legislation (DARTA) that would have levied up to $2 billion in new regional taxes to bolster Detroit's corrupt, union-dominated transit system.
  • Spearheaded: Effort to defeat the 2002 "Shift and Shaft" property tax increase that moved December school taxpayers more every year.
  • Spearheaded: Legislation to preempt local "living-wage" ordinances that kill jobs, waste millions of taxpayer dollars, and reduce city services.
  • Spearheaded: Defeat of a job-killing measure that would have imposed higher unemployment insurance taxes on businesses by raising benefits to excessive levels.
  • Spearheaded: A bill in Lansing to lower the drunk driving intoxication level from .10 to .08 blood alcohol content.
  • Spearheaded: Tough penalties for "fake doctors." Gosselin-authored legislation, now Public Act 167 of 1999, was passed when several Oakland citizens were harmed by a fake doctor who had forged medical licenses.
  • Spearheaded: "Millage Voters Right to Know" Act. Gosselin authored Public Act 248 of 1999, a state law that requires full disclosure in the language of local millage-hike and bond issue votes.
  • Spearheaded:  Legislation to post "IN GOD WE TRUST" in capitol building in Lansing.
  • Spearheaded:  Legislation to post the "TEN COMMANDMENTS" in the capitol building in Lansing.
  • Spearheaded:  Legislation to change "Holiday Tree" to "CHRISTMAS TREE" in Lansing, on capitol grounds.

In the Community: 

  • Worked on over 50 committees in Oakland County during elections. 
  • Sponsored and co-sponsored 215 Bills that became part of the State Law--MCL.
  • Spearheaded: Troy Term Limits petition drive. Changed city charter to limit council terms.
  • Spearheaded: "Cut-and Cap" Troy property taxes petition drive.
  • Spearheaded: Petition drive to require voter approval for any new city debt.
  • Spearheaded: Reform SOCCRA. Led successful multi-city effort to reform solid waste agency bureaucracy, and cut fees for residents.
  • Spearheaded: Rein-in SOCCRA. Stopped proposal to waste taxpayer dollars on Rochester Hills golf course.
  • Spearheaded: Defeat of draconian "wetlands and natural features" ordinance that would have infringed the property rights  and reduced the property values of some 5,000 Troy property owners.
  • Spearheaded: Saving taxpayers some $2 million by using "tubular type" road sign structures rather than the more expensive "erector square type."
  • Spearheaded: Campaign to give local restaurants the right to the offer outdoor dining.
  • Spearheaded: Building a consensus on the Troy City Council, that city budgets should never increase faster than the rate of inflation.
  • Helped Spearheaded: Bringing "Nino Salvaggio" fruit market to Troy.
  • Helped Spearheaded: Bringing the "Troy Sport Center" ice arenas to Troy.
  • Helped Spearhead: The defeat of an unfair regional "Arts Tax."
  • Local Chairman of Troy/Clawson chapter of Michigan Civil Rights Initiative petition drive, to ban racial preferences in state government and state college admissions.
  • Spearheading the Troy/Clawson area campaign for "the people's override" of the governor's veto of a partial birth abortion ban. This petition drive will end partial birth abortions in Michigan.
  • Local Chairman of petition drive in Troy/Clawson for a state "Defense of Marriage" constitutional amendment that will define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
  • Helped lead the defeat of city 29% tax increase in February, 2010.
  • Helped lead the defeat of the Troy Library tax increase in November, 2010.


Commissioner Robert Gosselin has three children. He has been a resident of Troy for 40 years. He attended Lawrence Technological University, where he studied engineering. He is a Senior Designer of  Electrical Systems Engineering for General Motors. He is also a licensed builder, licensed realtor and licensed heating contractor.