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Robert Wittenberg
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 27
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Wittenberg is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Wittenberg served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Financial Liability Reform, Minority Vice Chair
Health Policy


Campaign themes


Wittenberg's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "In the past decade, Lansing has slashed over $6 billion in funding to local cities. Robert will fight to return funding to our communities. These funds will help to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods by supporting infrastructure repairs, promoting public safety, and providing long-term solutions to our crumbling roads."


  • Excerpt: "Robert knows the challenges that both new and veteran teachers face in the state of Michigan, and is committed to making educators a top priority. Robert strongly opposes the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) and will fight for his mother and all public school educators."


  • Excerpt: "Robert will protect our retirees’ hard-earned incomes by working to repeal the unfair tax on pensions. Robert will fight to ensure seniors can retire with financial security and dignity. Robert also supports current efforts to make Michigan a “no-wait state” for in-home health care services. This policy change will make it easier and more cost-effective for our seniors to receive the help they need to stay in their homes."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "Robert has witnessed far too many people getting denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions and believes that everyone should have access to affordable health care and that we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable - our children, the elderly and the sick."

The Economy

  • Excerpt: " The “Brain Drain”, where Michigan-educated college graduates must leave the state to find work elsewhere, must stop. House Bill 4182 is a great start towards a better future. But more needs to be done to keep college graduates in our state. We need to invest in our schools, our infrastructure and our people. Robert will work to encourage entrepreneurship to foster the growth of new businesses in Michigan."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Robert Wittenberg defeated Andrew Cissell, Joe McHugh, Rudy Serra and Kelli Williams in the Democratic primary. Michael Ryan defeated Mark Manier in the Republican primary. Wittenberg defeated Ryan in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 27 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Wittenberg 75.6% 23,756
     Republican Michael Ryan 24.4% 7,671
Total Votes 31,427
Michigan House of Representatives, District 27 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Wittenberg 44% 4,165
Rudy Serra 19.5% 1,845
Kelli Williams 15% 1,423
Joe McHugh 11.6% 1,094
Andrew Cissell 9.9% 940
Total Votes 9,467
Michigan House of Representatives, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Ryan 67.1% 1,382
Mark Manier 32.9% 678
Total Votes 2,060



In 2014, Wittenberg's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Jules Olsman - Huntington Woods City Commissioner
  • Bob Paul - Huntington Woods City Commissioner
  • Jeff Jenks - Huntington Woods City Commissioner
  • Jack Lloyd - Former Hazel Park Mayor
  • Mike Webb - Hazel Park City Council
  • Arnold Shifman - Hazel Park City Attorney, Past Berkley School Board Pres.
  • Ryan Cook - Trustee, Hazel Park Board of Education
  • Paul Levine - Oak Park Mayor Pro Tem
  • Menachem Hojda - Treasurer, Oak Park Board of Education
  • Alan H. Kideckel - Berkley City Council
  • Eileen Steadman - Berkley City Council
  • Tina Edgar - Berkley City Council
  • Paul Ellison - President, Berkley Board of Education
  • Roger Blake - Treasurer, Berkley Board of Education
  • Jon Switalski - State Representative, 28th House District
  • Andy Schor - State Representative, 68th House District
  • Eric Smith - Macomb County Prosecutor
  • Samantha Steckloff - Farmington Hills City Council
  • Dana Nessel - Lead Attorney on The Michigan Marriage Challenge Case
  • Professor Harvey Bronstein - Oakland Community College

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Lipton (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by