Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Birth Place: Pontiac, MI, United States
Residence: Mission Viejo, CA
Gender: Male

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Education

Michael Williamson was born in Pontiac, Mich., and now lives in Mission Viejo, Calif. He came to California at age 18 when he joined the Marine Corps. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from August Vollmer University and a law degree from Howard Taft University's College of Law.

Williamson ran a restaurant and a pest control company before entering law enforcement at a young age. He worked for three years as a sheriff's deputy in Riverside County, in Southern California, before joining the Los Angeles Police Department, where he retired as a sergeant after more than 26 years on the force.

After retirement, Williamson started a new career as a lawyer, primarily representing police officers.

He enjoys exercising, taking cruises and traveling to Europe once a year.

Williamson and his wife, Danna, have two children.

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Michael Williamson was a Republican but switched parties in 2004 after realizing his liberal stance on social issues put him at odds with the GOP.

An extreme fiscal conservative, Williamson believes in cutting tax rates and enacting tougher enforcement of immigration laws _ but he also supports gay rights and a woman's right to have an abortion.

Williamson does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, but believes the U.S. should expand legal immigration.

He is a strong supporter of cutting tax rates across the board to stimulate the economy and of offering incentives for small businesses and employers.

Source: Associated Press

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