Tonya Schuitmaker

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Tonya Schuitmaker
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Michigan State Senate, District 20
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
2004 – 2010
Education
High schoolMattawan High School, 1986
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1990
J.D.Detroit College of Law, 1993
Personal
BirthdayMarch 10, 1968
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tonya Schuitmaker is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 20. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. She currently serves as State Senate President Pro Tempore.

Schuitmaker served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 80 from 2005 to 2011.

Biography

Schuitmaker earned her B.A. in business from Michigan State University in 1990 and her J.D. from the Detroit College of Law (now the Michigan State University College of Law) in 1993. Her professional experience includes working as a partner in the law firm of Schuitmaker, Cooper and Schuitmaker; she began practicing law in 1993, specializing in family, estate, business and municipal law.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Energy and Technology
Health Policy
Judiciary, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schuitmaker served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Schuitmaker served on the following committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tonya Schuitmaker endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Voting record

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.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • 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.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • 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.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • 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.

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Elections

2014

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Jim Walters is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tonya Schuitmaker is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Schuitmaker won election to the 20th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. She defeated Democrat Robert Jones in the November 2 general election.[3]

Michigan State Senate, District 20 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tonya Schuitmaker (R) 47,680
Robert Jones (D) 34,507

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Schuitmaker ran for District 80 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Jessie Olson.[4]

Schuitmaker raised $88,519 for her campaign.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 80
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tonya Schuitmaker (R) 23,425
Jessie Olson (D) 14,936

2006

House District 80

  • Tonya Schuitmaker (R), 61%
  • Jessie Olson (D), 39%

2004

House District 80

  • Tonya Schuitmaker (R), 58%
  • Art Toy (D), 42%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schuitmaker is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Schuitmaker raised a total of $1,148,389 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[6]

Tonya Schuitmaker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $88,551
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 20 Won $818,333
2008 Michigan State House, District 80 Won $88,519
2006 Michigan State House, District 80 Won $41,926
2004 Michigan State House, District 80 Won $111,060
Grand Total Raised $1,148,389

2012

Schuitmaker was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schuitmaker raised a total of $88,551.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tonya Schuitmaker's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$4,075
Citizens Action Fund$3,933
Comm-Pac$2,375
Comcast$2,250
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$2,075
Total Raised in 2012$88,551
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Schuitmaker won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Schuitmaker raised a total of $818,333.

2008

Schuitmaker won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Schuitmaker raised a total of $88,519.

2006

Schuitmaker won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Schuitmaker raised a total of $41,926.

2004

Schuitmaker won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Schuitmaker raised a total of $111,060.

Scorecards

Common Sense in Government

Common Sense in Government published a legislative scorecard in July 2010 scoring Michigan's state legislators on the votes they cast on seven bills. According to the group, the seven bills, and how a legislator voted on them, were chosen based on the insight CSG thinks these votes give about the extent to which an individual legislator votes in accordance with "the limited government, free market principles that Michigan needs to get back on the right track."[7]

On this scorecard, Pappageorge was given a score of 43%. From the perspective of Common Sense in Government, a 100% score was the desired score.[8] 5 out of 22 of Michigan's Republican state senators earned a higher score than Pappageorge, with 57% (Nancy Cassis) as the highest score anyone received. The average score of the state's Democratic state senators was 3%.[8]

Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[9]

January 2011 - March 2012

Tonya Schuitmaker received a 62% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[9]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Schuitmaker's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[10]

Personal

Schuitmaker and her husband, Steve, have two children. She was admitted to the State Bar of Illinois in 1996, Florida in 1994, Michigan in 1993, and the American Bar Association in 1993. Schuitmaker was president of the Van Buren County Bar Association from 1997 to 1998.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 80
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Aric Nesbitt (R)