Michael Huckleberry

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Michael Huckleberry
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Michigan House of Representatives District 70
Former member
Term in office began
2009
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Michael Huckleberry was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 70 from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2011.

Rep. Huckleberry was born on July 12, 1948 in Cedar Springs, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1966. From 1967-1968, Huckleberry attended Grand Rapids Community College. In 1969, he attended Davenport University, located in Michigan], in business studies. He has owned and operated Huckleberry's Restaurant in Greenville, Michigan since 1991. He is married to Linda Huckleberry and they have five children and three grandchildren.

In 2006 he unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Dave Camp, who represents Michigan's 4th Congressional District, located in central Michigan.

Previous offices held

None

Political campaign history

In 2006, Mike Huckleberry unsuccessfully challenged Republican Congressman Dave Camp for his seat in Congress. Camp represents the 4th Congressional District, located in the Central Lower Peninsula. He lost to Camp by a margin of 60%-38%.

In 2008, Huckleberry ran for the 70th State House District of Michigan. The seat was vacated by Republican Judy Emmons, who retired due to term limits, which prevent a member for serving longer than three terms. Huckleberry was unopposed in the Democratic Primary and faced Republican Thomas Ginster in the General Election. He defeated Ginster by a 54%-46% margin.

  • 2008 election for State House
    • Mike Huckleberry (D), 54%
    • Tom Ginster (R), 46%
  • 2006 election for U.S. Congress
    • Dave Camp (R), 60%
    • Mike Huckleberry (D), 38%

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

Huckleberry ran for re-election to the District 70 seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Rick Outman in the general election on November 2, 2010.


Michigan House of Representatives, District 70 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Outman (R) 12,932
Michael Huckleberry (D) 10,086
Patty Hone (L) 518

2008

On November 4, 2008, Michael Huckleberry ran for District 70 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Thomas Ginster.[1]

Michael Huckleberry raised $70,724 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 70
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Huckleberry (D) 18,983
Thomas Ginster (R) 16,234

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Michael Huckleberry collected $70,724 in donations.[3]

His six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michael Huckleberry $6,276
Dillon Leadership Fund $5,000
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America $5,000
Michigan Education Association $5,000
Granholm Leadership Fund $5,000
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters $5,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Michael Huckleberry
S1089 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0834
MikeHuckleberry@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 70
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Rick Outman