He graduated from Lakeside High School in Lake Village in 1971. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Nebraska in 1984.
In 2008, he was elected as a Democrat to the Michigan State House of Representatives, taking office in 2009 and serving until 2012. He represented the 1st District, which was located in Wayne County and included the cities of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, and a small portion of Detroit. He previously served as a political science professor at Wayne State University.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 1976.
In 1978, he received an Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy, Bledsoe began teaching political science at the University of South Carolina, where he taught until 1989.
In 1989, Bledsoe moved to Grosse Pointe, Michigan and took a job teaching at Wayne State University, where he taught until elected to the State House in 2008. Bledsoe has written several books on the study of urban politics, including Careers in City Politics, and Urban Reform and its Consequences.
Tim Bledsoe was a precinct organizer for Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election.
In 2006, he unsuccessfully challenged sitting State Representative Edward Gaffney for his seat in the State House. Bledsoe ran again for the 1st District in 2008, when term limits required Gaffney to step down. He faced Republican Mary Treder Language in the general election.
He defeated her with 57% of the vote.
2008 election for State House
Tim Bledsoe (Doctorate), 57%
Mary Treder Language (R), 43%
2008 Democratic Primary election for State House
Tim Bledsoe (Doctorate), 55%
Kenneth Poynter (Doctorate), 38%
2006 election for State House
Editor Gaffney (R), 52%
Tim Bledsoe (Doctorate), 46%
2006 Democratic Primary election for State House
Tim Bledsoe (Doctorate), 49%
Je Dinges (Doctorate), 29%
William Miller (Doctorate), 21%.
They have one daughter, named Daisy, and are members of Christ Church Grosse Pointe in Grosse Pointe Farms.