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Jim Runestad

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Jim Runestad
Jim Runestad.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 44
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
Jim Runestad is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Families, Children, and Seniors, Majority Vice Chair
Local Government


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "No issue robs Michigander’s of their liberty more than taxes. Jim agrees with the Tea Party mantra that we’re “Taxed Enough Already”."


  • Excerpt: "After passing E-Verify at the County level, Runestad now wants to take the fight to Lansing and build a pro-jobs coalition to support and pass E-Verify legislation at the state level!"


  • Excerpt: "It’s more important than ever to remain vigilant about our constitutionally established liberties. Among these threatened are our 2nd Amendment rights and the rights of the unborn."


  • Excerpt: "To protect the tax-paying citizens of Michigan, we must ensure that those living and working here are here legally."



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. Mark Venie was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Runestad defeated Liz Fessler Smith, Dennis Garlick and Russ Tierney in the Republican primary. Runestad defeated Venie in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Runestad 67.8% 21,838
     Democratic Mark Venie 32.2% 10,362
Total Votes 32,200
Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Runestad 35.5% 3,804
Liz Fessler Smith 33.2% 3,559
Russ Tierney 23.6% 2,527
Dennis Garlick 7.7% 827
Total Votes 10,717



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

  • L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
  • The Detroit News
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Right to Life of Michigan PAC
  • Madison Project Michigan PAC
  • Michigan Association of Realtors PAC
  • The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP)
  • Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPac Committee
  • National Rifle Association AQ
  • Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners
  • Small Business Association
  • Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA)
  • Michigan Township Association PAC
  • The Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Mike Kowall, 15th District Michigan State Senator
  • Eileen Kowall, 44th District State Representative
  • Kerry Bentivolio, 11th District U.S. Congressman
  • David B. Robertson, 26th District Michigan State Senator
  • Joseph Graves, 51st District State Representative
  • Hugh Crawford, 38th District State Representative

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Preceded by
Eileen Kowall (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District
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