Michigan House of Representatives District 81

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Michigan House of Representatives District 81
Current incumbentDan Lauwers Republican Party
Gender50.0% Female, 50.0% Male
Race96.3% White, 1.4% Two or More Races, 0.8% Black, 0.6% Other, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% Native American
Ethnicity97.7% Non-Hispanic, 2.3% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's eighty-first state house district is held by Republican Representative Dan Lauwers.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 95,883 civilians reside within Michigan's eighty-first state house district.[1] Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Michigan legislators assume office the at noon on first day of January.


Section 7 of Article 4 of the Michigan Constitution states, "Each senator and representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and an elector of the district he represents. The removal of his domicile from the district shall be deemed a vacation of the office. No person who has been convicted of subversion or who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be eligible for either house of the legislature."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Michigan Legislature are paid $71,685/year. Legislators can use up to $10,800/year for expenses.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Michigan legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Michigan Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Michigan representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms, or a total of six years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever a vacancy occurs in the house, it is up to the Governor to call for a special election. A special election must be held during the next scheduled general election.[6] If the vacancy happened after the statewide primary, leaders of the respective party organizations within the Senate district can submit a list of nominees to be voted on by party leadership. A vote must be held no later than 21 days after the vacancy.[7]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Bernardo Licata was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dan Lauwers was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lauwers faces Licata in the general election.[8][9][10]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was May 15, 2012. The deadline for independent candidates was July 19, 2012. The deadline for write-in candidates was July 27, 2012.[11] Dan Lauwers (R) defeated Patrick Phelan (D) in the general election. Lauwers defeated four others in the Republican primary. Phelan defeated Stewart Steinberg and Jason Davis in the Democratic primary.[12][13]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Lauwers 53.8% 20,929
     Democratic Patrick Phelan 46.2% 17,945
Total Votes 38,874
Michigan House of Representatives, District 81 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Phelan 56.3% 1,831
Stewart Sternberg 23.8% 774
Jason Davis 19.9% 648
Total Votes 3,253

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 81 have raised a total of $652,910. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $31,091 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 81
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $150,524 8 $18,816
2010 $75,752 3 $25,251
2008 $47,201 2 $23,601
2006 $62,126 2 $31,063
2004 $159,532 3 $53,177
2002 $46,417 2 $23,209
2000 $111,358 1 $111,358
Total $652,910 21 $31,091

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