Al Pscholka

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Al Pscholka
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 79
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sWestern Michigan University
Office website
Campaign website
Al Pscholka is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 79. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Pscholka currently serves as the Majority Caucus Leader.


Pscholka earned his B.S. from Western Michigan University. His professional experience includes working as a broadcaster and part-owner of two radio stations, and vice president of Cornerstone Alliance.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pscholka served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pscholka served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Pscholka's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Fighting Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "State Representative Al Pscholka believes the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, is bad federal policy. A one-size fits all, top-down federal health care system is neither affordable nor caring."


  • Excerpt: "As someone who started a mentoring program in Benton Harbor Area Schools 18 years ago, Al has witnessed the power of having a support system in place for our children. It is time that policy makers, educators, and parents work together to increase standards, provide vocational choices, and put our kids first."

Roads and Bridges

  • Excerpt: "While this will not solve all of our issues, it does give us a steady revenue source, streamlines the bureaucracy, and ends our reliance on one-time money to try and repair a long-standing problem. State Representative Al Pscholka looks forward to your input as we continue to rebuild Michigan."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Eric Lester was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Al Pscholka defeated Cindy Duran in the Republican primary. Carl Oehling is running as a U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate.[2][3]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pscholka won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 79. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Jim Hahn (D) and Carl G. Oehling (I) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 79, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Pscholka Incumbent 52.8% 21,490
     Democratic Jim Hahn 45.7% 18,630
     Independent Carl G. Oehling 1.5% 613
Total Votes 40,733


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pscholka won election to the District 79 seat in 2010. He defeated Bruce Gorenflo and Paul Peterson in the August 3 Republican primary. He defeated Mary Brown (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 77 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Al Pscholka (R) 17,293
Mary Brown (D) 8,761
Carl Oehling (U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan) 908

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pscholka is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pscholka raised a total of $133,679 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[7]

Al Pscholka's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 79 Won $79,103
2010 Michigan State House, District 79 Won $54,576
Grand Total Raised $133,679


Pscholka won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pscholka raised a total of $79,103.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Al Pscholka's campaign in 2012
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$4,750
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$3,300
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$1,600
Michigan Association Of Realtors$1,500
DTE Energy$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$79,103
Source:Follow the Money


Pscholka won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pscholka raised a total of $54,576.



In 2014, Pscholka's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[8]


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[9]

January 2011 - March 2012

Al Pscholka received a 79% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[9]


Pscholka and his wife, Suzanne, have one child.


Recall efforts

See also: Al Pscholka recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

On April 28, 2011 Benton Harbor City Commissioner Dennis Knowles filed language to recall Pscholka from office. It stated the Pscholka should be recalled "for sponsoring and supporting Public Act 4 that has robbed the citizens in District 79, namely the city of Benton Harbor, of their democratic rights...empowering a non elected emergency financial manager...(and) striking local municipal government representation for, of and by the people."[10]

Following the submission's rejection by the Berrien County Election Commission, Knowles submitted new recall language seeking recall on May 11.[11] At a meeting on May 22 the county election commission approved the language. The recall language is valid for 180 days, but Knowles must collect 6,718 signatures within a 90 day period in order to put a recall on the ballot.[12]

In early August, Knowles announced he had collected nearly half of the required signatures and planned to turn in the petitions on September 15.[13]

The recall never made it to the ballot.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Proos, IV (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 79
Succeeded by