Larry DeShazor

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Larry DeShazor
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Michigan House of Representatives District 61
Former member
Term in office began
2009
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Larry DeShazor was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 61 from 2009 to 2011.

Rep. DeShazor obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. In November 2008, he became one of two African American Republicans elected to the Michigan House of Representatives since 1904. DeShazor is a former Team Manager at State Farm Insurance. He began his career on the east side of the state years ago, but soon moved to Portage. He is an avid pilot, and is married to Yvon. They have two children, Ricky and Jaron, and one grandchild, Marissa.

Previous offices held

  • 6 Years - Portage City Council Member
  • Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Advisory Council
  • Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Development Committee
  • Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

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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Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010, and Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

DeShazor did not run for re-election to the House, although he was eligible to do so. Instead, Larry ran for the 20th District Senate seat, and lost to Tonya Schuitmaker by a margin of 5,660 to 15,602 in the August 3 Republican primary election.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Larry DeShazor ran for District 61 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Julie Rodgers.[1]

Larry DeShazor raised $323,208 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry DeShazor (R) 28,304
Julie Rodgers (D) 27,123

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Larry DeShazor collected $323,208 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee $140,924
Comm-PAC $5,000
Michigan Association of Realtors $5,000
Michigan 2010 $5,000
Principled Leadership Fund $5,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Larry DeShazor
N-995 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-1774
LarryDeShazor@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 61
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Margaret O'Brien