Mitch Carmichael

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Mitch Carmichael
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West Virginia State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia House of Delegates District 12
2001 – 2012
Education
Bachelor'sFinance and Economics, Marshall University, 1983
Personal
BirthdayApril 15, 1960
Place of birthCharleston, WV
ProfessionComputer Systems Analyst, National Cash Register Corporation
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mitch Carmichael (b. April 15, 1960) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Carmichael was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 12 from 2000 to 2012.

Biography

Carmichael earned his BBA in Finance and Economics from Marshall University in 1983.

Carmichael has worked in Computer Sales for Bisys. He has worked as a Computer Systems Analyst for National Cash Register (NCR) Corporation since 1983.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Agriculture and Rural Development
Education
Military
Pensions
Agriculture and Agri-business
Joint Education
Joint Judiciary
Pensions and Retirement

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Carmichael won election in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 4. Carmichael ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated Michael "Mike" Bright in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Carmichael 55.9% 16,981
     Democratic Mike Bright 44.1% 13,403
Total Votes 30,384

2011

See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.

Carmichael's 2011 gubernatorial campaign included adding more inspectors to the Marcellus shale to facilitate drilling, phasing in a new retirement system for younger state workers to address unfunded liabilities, and reworking the state's bidding system on infrastructure projects to get a handle on the costs of repair and maintenance.

He supported charter schools, vouchers, and decentralized control of school boards. To that, he suggested adding annual teach evaluation, ending the role of unions in education, and significantly increasing spending on pupils.

Carmichael cited West Virginia's high corporate tax rate and its singular taxation of inventory and equipment as culprits in the state's struggle to attract businesses.[5]

Carmichael lost the primary, placing 6th. Republican Candidate Bill Maloney won the Republican seat.

2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Clark S. Barnes 9.58%
Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
Ralph William Clark 1.88%
Cliff Ellis 0.45%
Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
Betty Ireland 30.91%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Maloney 45.11%
Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total votes 61,134

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Carmichael was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 12. He was one of two candidates running for the District 12 Delegate position on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He defeated Democrat Jo Boggess Phillips in the general election.[6][7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mitch Carmichael (R) 3,383 50.92%
Jo Boggess Phillips (D) 3,261 49.08%
West Virginia State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mitchell Brian Carmichael (R) 1,100 49.06%

2008

In 2008, Carmichael was re-elected to the West Virginia House District 12. Carmichael (R) finished with 4,454 votes while his opponent Jo Phillips (D) finished with 3,941 votes.[9] Carmichael raised $13,750 for his campaign fund.[10]

West Virginia House District 12
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mitch Carmichael (R) 4,454
Jo Phillips (D) 3,941

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carmichael is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Carmichael raised a total of $112,077 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[11]

Mitch Carmichael's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State Senate, District 4 Won $36,186
2011 Governor of West Virginia Defeated $9,872
2010 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $17,495
2008 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $13,750
2006 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $17,175
2004 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $6,625
2002 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $5,595
2000 West Virginia State House, District 12 Won $5,379
Grand Total Raised $112,077

2012

Carmichael won election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $36,186.
West Virginia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mitch Carmichael's campaign in 2012
Carmichael, Mitch B$2,350
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce$2,000
Contractors Association of West Virginia$1,000
Patriot Coal$1,000
West Virginia Bankers Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$36,186
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Carmichael lost the election for the West Virginia Governor in 2011. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $9,872.

2010

Carmichael won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $17,495.

2008

Carmichael won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $13,750.

2006

Carmichael won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $17,175.

2004

Carmichael won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $6,625.

2002

Carmichael won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $5,595.

2000

Carmichael won election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Carmichael raised a total of $5,379.

Personal

Carmichael has a wife, Teresa.

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2014

In 2014, the West Virginia State Legislature was in session from January 8 through March 10.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Facemyer (R)
West Virginia State Senate District 4
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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West Virginia House of Representatives District 12
2000–2012
Succeeded by
Steve Westfall (R)