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Mike Lahti
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Michigan House of Representatives District 110
Former member
Term in office began
2007
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Michael Lahti was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 110 from 2007 to 2011.

Rep. Lahti was born in Hancock, Michigan on October 10, 1945 and graduated from Hancock High School. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1967. A year after he graduated, Lahti opened a State Farm Insurance agency in Hancock. Lahti was a small business owner and real-estate developer, owning private and commercial lands all across the Keweenaw Peninsula. Lahti lives in Hancock with his wife, Sharon Lahti. He has six children and eight grandchildren.

Previous offices held

Lahti was elected to the Hancock area School Board in 1994. He served for seven years. Also in 1994, he was appointed to the Finlandia University board of trustees, where he served for 13 years. In 2000, Lahti was elected to the Houghton County Commission as a Democrat. He served as chairman of the Commission for 6 years, until 2006. In 2006 he announced his intention to run for the State House seat District 110, being vacated by Democrat Rich Brown. The 110th District is located in the western portion of the Upper Peninsula and is one of the largest in the state. It is overwhelmingly Democrat. Lahti easily won the Democratic Primary, and went on to face Republican Dave Schmidt in the General Election. He won 64% to 34%. He was easily re-elected in 2008.

Political campaign history

  • 2006 election for State House
    • Mike Lahti (D), 64%
    • Dave Schmidt (R), 34%

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

Lahti did not run for re-election in 2010.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Michael Lahti ran for District 110 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating John Larson.[1]

Michael Lahti raised $48,859 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 110
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Lahti (D) 26,995
John Larson (R) 11,302

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Michael Lahti collected $48,859 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Education Association $4,975
Michigan Farm Bureau $3,500
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $3,350
Michigan trial Lawyers Association $2,650
MI Action Com for Rural Elec $1,500

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Michael Lahti
S1489 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 517) 373-0850 mikelahti@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 110
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Matt Huuki