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Cynthia Kallgren
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 12
High schoolSouthgate High School (1978)
Bachelor'sEastern Michigan University (1982)
Date of birth03/09/1960
Place of birthWyandotte, MI
Campaign website
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Cynthia Kallgren was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of Michigan. Previously, she was a Republican candidate for District 13 in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 2010 state legislative elections.


Kallgren was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. She attended Southgate Highschool and graduated in 1978. From there, she earned a B.A. in Social Science at Eastern Michigan University. She has been married for 30 years and has raised four children. She is a former teacher and a small business owner who regularly contributes to a struggling private school in Detriot.[1]


  • Small Business Owner
  • Former Teacher



See also: Michigan's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kallgren was defeated incumbent John D. Dingell, Jr.[2] Kallgren ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 12th District. She defeated Karen E. Jacobsen in the August 7 Republican primary. She faced Democratic incumbent John D. Dingell, Jr. and Richard Secula (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn D. Dingell Incumbent 67.9% 216,884
     Republican Cynthia Kallgren 29% 92,472
     Libertarian Richard Secula 3.1% 9,867
Total Votes 319,223
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Michigan's 12th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Kallgren 50.8% 12,028
Karen Jacobsen 49.2% 11,670
Total Votes 23,698

Campaign issues

The following are four campaign issues that were highlighted on Kallgren's campaign website.[4]

  • Jobs and Economy

Excerpt: "We can become the center of Capitalism and the manufacturing capital of the world again by rolling government spending back to responsible levels, simplifying the tax code, reducing taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations and creating tax incentives that encourage innovation and economic growth."[5]

  • National Debt

Excerpt: "As a mom and a business owner I have had to live within means always spending less than I take in. I expect and will demand the federal government to do the same."[6]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "We need to bring about good, positive change that will reduce the costs of healthcare instead of just forcing individuals to be a part of the government controlled system."[7]

  • Values

Excerpt: "Cynthia Kallgren has and will continue to support Traditional Family Values. As the only candidate endorsed by Michigan Right to Life, Cynthia has proven her support for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Cynthia also supports traditional marriage."[8]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kallgren lost to Democratic incumbent Andrew James Kandrevas in the November 2 general election. Andrew James Kandrevas defeated Kallgren and Church with 14,338 votes; Kallgren received 12,130 votes and Church received 755 votes.

She defeated Bradford Glass, Matthew Schafer and Julius Vida, Jr. in the August 3 Republican primary.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 13 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andrew James Kandrevas (D) 14,338
Cynthia Kallgren (R) 12,130
Jesse Church (L) 755

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Kallgren lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Kallgren's campaign committee raised a total of $21,630 and spent $21,781.[9]


Kallgren is married to her husband, Scott, and has four children.[10]

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