Mrs. Bingman is the Founder of The Bingman Group, LLC, a community and economic development consulting firm, and co-founding member of The Black Success Network, LLC and RSB Law Firm. Mrs. Bingman also teaches U.S. Health Policy and Law at Western Michigan University (WMU) and she is one of the founding members of WMU’s University-Community Empowerment Center, a research-focused policy, leadership training, and advocacy center for poverty reduction and community empowerment. From 2009-2015, Mrs. Bingman provided Superintendent Searches, Leadership Development training, and Strategic Planning Services for PreK-12 Boards of Education throughout the state of Michigan.
Mrs. Bingman served as Assistant Attorney General under Jennifer Granholm from 1999-2002, where she served in the Casino Control Division with responsibility for compliance and regulation of the newly organized Detroit casinos. Later, she moved to the Criminal Division (prosecution) and then was promoted to the Executive Division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General where she was a lobbyist on behalf of the office, focusing primarily on issues of impact to urban residents throughout the state.
In December 2002, Mrs. Bingman was appointed to serve as Deputy Legal Counsel for the Governor of the State of Michigan (Jennifer M. Granholm), and in 2005, she was promoted to serve as a Cabinet member in the role of Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategic Initiatives. In the Governor’s office, Mrs. Bingman also functioned as criminal justice advisor, handling pardons, commutations, and extraditions. She chaired the committee that launched the Prisoner ReEntry Program, which was established to reduce offender recidivism and ease reintegration into the community through state and local collaboration.
When serving the Governor, Bingman was lead executive office staff for emergency management and homeland security activities and various other special projects, including, in part: Cities of Promise (Community Development project in 8 of Michigan’s cities), Sentencing Reform, Jail and Prison Overcrowding Task Force, Detroit Medical Center Oversight Committee (turnaround project), and the committee to establish the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority.
From 1994-1999, Mrs. Bingman managed UAW-GM Legal Services Plan offices in Oklahoma, and later, in Flint, Michigan, and from 1988-1994, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and later, General Counsel for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control in Oklahoma City.
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Teresa A. Bingman was born and raised in Perry, Oklahoma, having relocated to Lansing, Michigan in 1997. She and is married to Dr. Lloyd G. Bingman and they reside in Okemos, Michigan, which is near Lansing, the Capital for the State of Michigan. They have two grown children, Adam and Victoria.
Mrs. Bingman is a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing and serves as a Trustee for the Michigan Women’s Foundation. She co-leads various social justice and workforce development projects, including The Black Success Network, Voices for Flint, and Career Training Camp. She also remains active in several community-based organizations, including The Links, Incorporated, Lansing/East Lansing (MI) Chapter and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served in leadership roles for these organizations on the local, state, regional/area and national levels. Mrs. Bingman served on the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law Board of Trustees (2006-10) and is a graduate of MSU's Michigan Political Leadership Program.