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Nancy Cassis

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Nancy Cassis
Michigan Senate District 15
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Nancy Cassis was a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate from 2003 to January 1, 2011. Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Cassis did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [1]

Cassis served as the Chairwoman of the Republican Senate Caucus. Before becoming a Senator, Cassis won a special election in 1996 to the Michigan House of Representatives. Cassis served in the Michigan House until 2002 and was the Assistant Minority Whip and the Dean of the House Republican Caucus. Before entering into the Michigan Legislature, Cassis was a Councilwoman for the City of Novi from 1985 to 1993 and from 1995 to 1996.

Cassis graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from Ohio in 1966 and later earned her Master's Degree in 1979 and her Education Studies Doctoral degree in 1980 from Michigan 1980. Cassis worked as a Teacher in Cleveland, OH from 1966 to 1968 and was a School Psychologist in Michigan from 1980 to 1996.

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.
  • 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.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

Committee assignments

Cassis served on these committees:

District 15

Cassis represented Michigan Senate District 15. District 15 includes the Western Detroit suburbs of Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Orchard Lake, and Wixom[3].



Cassis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 11th District as a Republican write-in candidate. She was defeated in the August 7 primary by Kerry Bentivolio.[4]


Cassis was not eligible for re-election due to Michigan's term limits.


On November 7, 2006, Cassis ran for District 15 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Ray Raczkowski and Nathan Allen.[5]

Cassis raised $115,798 for her campaign.[6]

Michigan State Senate, District 15
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Cassis (R) 66,524
Ray Raczkowski (D) 45,782
Nathan Allen (L) 3,101

Campaign donors


In 2006 Nancy Cassis collected $115,798 in donations.[7]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $6,200
Singh Development $6,000
Michigan Bankers Association $4,875
DTE Energy $4,100


Nancy is married to Victor Cassis. They have seven children and reside in Novi, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 15
2003–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Mike Kowall