Kenneth Kurtz

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Kenneth Kurtz
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 58
Incumbent
In office
2009- present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sWorsham School of Mortuary Science
Websites
Office website
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Kenneth Kurtz is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Kurtz did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Kurtz earned his degree from the Worsham School of Mortuary Science. He also attended Emmanuel Bible College and Bethel College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Agriculture
Families, Children, and Seniors, Chair
Military and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kurtz served on the following committees:

Issues

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.

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Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kurtz won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 58. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Amaryllis Thomas (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Kurtz Incumbent 69.8% 24,438
     Democratic Amaryllis Thomas 30.2% 10,565
Total Votes 35,003

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kurtz won re-election to the District 58 seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Roy Grigsby (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kenneth Kurtz ran for District 58 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Jean Kennedy-Windsor.[2]

Kenneth Kurtz raised $52,711 for his campaign.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Kurtz (R) 24,487
Jean Kennedy-Windsor (D) 12,151

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kurtz is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kurtz raised a total of $111,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[4]

Kenneth Kurtz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $36,660
2010 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $22,214
2008 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $52,711
Grand Total Raised $111,585

2012

Kurtz won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $36,660.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth Kurtz's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$4,000
Michigan Funeral Directors Association$3,300
Michigan Farm Bureau$2,650
DTE Energy$1,600
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$1,300
Total Raised in 2012$36,660
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kurtz won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $22,214.

2008

Kurtz won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $52,711.

Scorecards

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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Kenneth Kurtz received a 73% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Personal

Kurtz and his wife, Diane, have two adult children.

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Michigan House of Representatives District 58
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