Michael Von Flatern

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Michael Von Flatern
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Wyoming State Senate District 24
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSaint Bernard's High School, 1972
Personal
BirthdayOctober 19, 1954
Place of birthNew London, CT
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael Von Flatern is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Flatern received his diploma from Saint Bernard's High School in 1972.

Flatern was owner and president of Von's Welding, Incorporated from 1979 to 1997. Since 1997, he has been the owner and president of Innovative Mining and Equipment, Limited Liability Company. He is also a pilot.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue
Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs, Chair
Joint Revenue
Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Flatern served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Flatern served on these committees:

Issues

Fuel tax support

The Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee voted October 11, 2010 to support a graduated increase in the state tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. The phased in tax increase would have added an additional 10 cents to Wyoming’s existing 14 cents a gallon tax by 2013.

"It’s been 12 years, headed for 13 years, since we raised the fuel tax. I think it’s time we did it," said Senator Von Flatern.

The committee voted 11-3 to sponsor the legislation after hearing from the Wyoming Department of Transportation about the deteriorating condition of the state’s highways.

Based on funding trends to that point, WyDOT projected it would have $294 million for highways, but would need $428.5 million to preserve the state’s existing investment in roadways, according to a WyDOT report presented to the committee. The state would have needed $134.5 million more than projected under the current formula to keep the roadways from worsening.

To make improvements to the highway system, the report showed the state needed to spend $651.2 million.

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For every dollar not spent on timely preventive maintenance, $4 to $8 would be needed for complete reconstruction a few years later, said Kevin Hibbard, WyDOT’s budget officer.

The tax would have likely generated $73 million, if the entire 10-cent hike had gone into effect on July 1, 2013, according to projections at the time. WyDOT would get $49.3 million. Counties would have received $16.9 million, and cities would have been allocated $6.9 million. The first 3 cents would be levied beginning July 1, 2011, and would have raised an estimated $21 million. The tax would be raised to 6 cents a gallon in July 2012, garnering $43 million.[2]

Although this 2010 effort to increase the gasoline tax failed, Von Flatern supported a successful effort to increase the gasoline tax in February 2013, which triggered a 10 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax, effective July 1, 2013.[3][4]

Elections

2012

See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

Von Flatern won re-election in the 2012 election for Wyoming State Senate, District 24. Von Flatern ran unopposed in the August 21st primary and defeated Bradley Edward Kramer (Wyoming Country Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Wyoming State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Country Bradley Edward Kramer 15.9% 1,112
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Von Flatern Incumbent 83.7% 5,853
     Write-Ins Various 0.4% 26
Total Votes 6,991

2008

On November 4, 2008, Von Flatern won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate, District 24. He ran unopposed.[6]

Von Flatern raised $1,460 for his campaign.[7]

Wyoming State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Von Flatern (R) 6,014

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Von Flatern is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Von Flatern raised a total of $24,122 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[8]

Michael Von Flatern's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wyoming State Senate, District 24 Won $7,250
2010 Wyoming State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $0
2008 Wyoming State Senate, District 24 Won $1,460
2006 Wyoming State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $0
2004 Wyoming State Senate, District 24 Won $15,412
Grand Total Raised $24,122

2012

Von Flatern won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Von Flatern raised a total of $7,250.
Wyoming State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Von Flatern's campaign in 2012
ConPAC Contractors PAC$1,000
Wyoming Association of Realtors$1,000
QEP Resources$500
Farmers Insurance Group$500
Williams Companies$400
Total Raised in 2012$7,250
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Von Flatern won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Von Flatern raised a total of $1,460.

2004

Von Flatern won election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Von Flatern raised a total of $15,412.

Scorecards

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2012

In 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through February 13 through March 9.[9]

Legislators are scored on "whether they support or inhibit liberty."

2011

In 2011, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 3.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

Wyoming Liberty Index

The Wyoming Liberty Index, a study created in 2003, issues a Scorecard that rates all final bills in the Wyoming State Legislature on whether the bills supported or hindered liberty. Legislators are also given a "liberty score" based on their voting patterns. The Wyoming Liberty Index 2012 report was issued on the 61st Legislature during the 2012 budget session. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates a higher level of "aye" votes on bills considered pro-liberty and "nay" votes on what the organization considers anti-liberty bills.[11] Von Flatern received a score of 44% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 12th out of 31 members of the Wyoming State Senate. Although there are 30 members of the Senate, a 31st "hypothetical legislator" voting nay on every bill was also included.

Personal

Michael and his wife, Margie, have two children.

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