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Brandt Iden

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Brandt Iden
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 61
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Office website
Campaign website
Brandt Iden is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 61. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Iden served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Communications and Technology, Majority Vice Chair
Regulatory Reform
Tax Policy
Workforce and Talent Development


Campaign themes


Iden's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "The government doesn't create jobs, people create jobs. We need to create a business friendly environment that incentivizes people to start and retain businesses in our state, keeping jobs right here in our home state of Michigan."


  • Excerpt: "Raising taxes is not the answer to getting Michigan back to work. Tax hikes penalize businesses and hard working families. We can generate necessary state funds by increasing the number of jobs, not the amount of taxes."

Family and Community

  • Excerpt: "As a child of adoption, I am pro-life. I believe that strong communities are built on strong families. Families and family values must be protected. The freedom of parents to raise their children responsibly must be safeguarded."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. John Fisher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Brandt Iden defeated Phil Stinchcomb in the Republican primary. Iden defeated Fisher and Michael Stampfler (L) in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrandt Iden 48.4% 16,016
     Democratic John Fisher 42.7% 14,148
     Libertarian Michael Stampfler 8.9% 2,941
Total Votes 33,105
Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrandt Iden 55.4% 3,916
Phil Stinchcomb 44.6% 3,158
Total Votes 7,074



In 2014, Iden's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Peter Strazdas, Mayor, City of Portage
  • Mary Balkema, Kalamazoo County Treasurer
  • Robert Cinabro, Kalamazoo City Commission
  • Sheri & Richard Welsh, Business/Community Leaders
  • Al Heilman, Kalamazoo City Commission, Retired, Kalamazoo GOP Chair, Retired
  • Bill Eichelberg, Local Real Estate Builder and Developer
  • Mary Swanson, Local Realtor and Republican Activist
  • Jeffery Fink, Former County Prosecutor
  • Dennis Berkebile, Kalamazoo Road Commission, Texax Township Resident
  • Dennis Jokela D.D.

​*Tim Snow, Kalamazoo County Clerk

  • Bill & Barbara Parfet
  • Mike & Sharon Seelye, Small Business Owners
  • Judge Ann Hannon Heilman, Retired Kal. County Judge
  • Brian & Jenn Kaufman
  • David Rhoa, Oshtemo Business Owner
  • Dave Sanford
  • Dr. Tom George, MI State Senator - Retired
  • Troy Hudson, Kalamazoo Executive Board
  • Paul Wartner, Former State Rep., 61st, Portage Resident
  • Right to Life of Michigan[7]

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Preceded by
Margaret O'Brien (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 61
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