Michael T. Bivens is no stranger to being a trailblazer. A multitude of firsts has defined his life. He is the first from his family to graduate from college, obtain a law degree and be licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Michael did not stop there. He also was first in his family to open, manage, and operate a law firm and in 2015 he made history when he became the first African American elected in the City of Whitehall as its City Attorney. This historic run does not stop there either. In November 2023, Bivens is poised to become the first African American elected as the Mayor of the City of Whitehall.