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Erika Geiss

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Erika Geiss
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 12
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrandeis University, 1992
Master'sTufts University, 1998
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Erika Geiss is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 12. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Trade
Health Policy
Workforce and Talent Development


Campaign themes


Geiss's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Let's make all Michigan students competitive with their peers across the country, Michigan schools national role models and Michigan a place where learning doesn't end just because one has earned a diploma.

  • Work to Improve preK-12 public funding.
  • Use data-driven information to preserve parental education choices and improve them without sacrificing public education.
  • Work with school districts to help them put viable, "SMART" goals in place in order to avoid closing and damaging communities.
  • Improve preK-12 school schedules to be better aligned with family needs and recent research in child development and neuroscience.
  • Improve college and workplace readiness for all students and opportunities for life-long learning/education for those already in the workforce across industries and disciplines.
  • Continued focused attention on reducing the drop-out rate.
  • Examine focusing on STEAM education, not just STEM education and allow schools and districts to implement using different teaching and learning models in order to set students up for success instead of setting them up for failure because not all students learn the same way.

Jobs & The Economy

When people have jobs, a fair wage and work-related satisfaction, they contribute to the local and state economy. When there are viable jobs in a community and opportunities for employees to improve themselves and their lives, companies, the community, the economy and individuals thrive.

  • Fight to increase the minimum wage to a fair, sustainable living wage and remove the ability of companies to require candidates and new hires to sign documents that waive their constitutional rights as a condition of employment.
  • Fight to completely close the gender-wage gap to make Michigan an equal pay state across all industries.
  • Provide realistic job-training, professional development opportunities regardless of industry.
  • Promote progress on the Aerotropolis by promoting the Willow Run-Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Detroit Region Aerotropolis to attract and retain business, industry and local jobs and serve as a catalyst to economic growth in our towns.
  • Support a diversified portfolio of business types by creating a friendly business climate for small businesses, entrepreneurs and work-at-home professionals.
  • Support using yesterday's business infrastructure to build for today and tomorrow. Promote using and retooling parts of our manufacturing infrastructure and applying the expertise in Michigan to make the state friendly to today's in-demand fields and industries with an eye towards the future.
  • Encourage partnerships to help improve today's workforce and train tomorrow's with more public-private partnerships for job-training/co-op programs for students and for adults who are jobless, low-wage earners or underemployed.

Healthy Families & Healthy Communities

Health is not limited to physical health, but also well-being. When families and communities are healthy and have the tools, support and resources to be healthy, they thrive. When individuals are healthy, they can work and attend school. When people can work and go to school, they earn more (in both the short term and the long term), and when people earn more, they are able to contribute more and take pride in their communities in both small and large ways.

  • Support improving family health with access to tools, information and support for all families to have paid sick leave regardless of industry
  • Improve pre-natal, infant and early childhood health including providing better maternity/paternity/adoption leave and education on the benefits of breastfeeding and the destigmatization of nursing mothers.
  • Improve senior health and access to information, tools and support for seniors and their families/caregivers.
  • Improved, realistic teen-pregnancy information and prevention.
  • Support using schools as family community centers, to not only educate students, but also provide the wrap-around and support services that parents, families and communities need to thrive.
  • Address and restrict environmental and industrial hazards that affect the health and well-being of citizens.
  • Address Welfare so that it is a life line only, not a lifestyle and work to reduce legacies of Welfare and poverty with improved job training and life skills.
  • Ensure that returning Veterans are reintegrated into our communities and have the support they and their families need.[1][2]



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. Erika Geiss was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kelly Thompson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Geiss defeated Thompson in the general election. Alexis Brice Martell (D) withdrew before the primary.[3][4][5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErika Geiss 69.6% 15,334
     Republican Kelly Thompson 30.4% 6,696
Total Votes 22,030


Geiss's husband, Douglas, was her immediate predecessor in the House.[7]

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Preceded by
Douglas Geiss (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 12
Succeeded by