|Samuel "Buzz" Thomas|
|Michigan Senate District 4|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
January 1, 2011
Thomas has had extensive political experience before becoming an elected official. Thomas began his political career as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins and served as the Detroit Area Campaign Manager for Bob Carr in his unsuccessful Senate run in 1994. Thomas also had private sector experience working as a Construction Manager for Parkside Building Company and Avis Tech Park Partners.
Thomas graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his Bachelor's degree.
Thomas served on these committees:
- Economic Development and Regulatory Reform (Minority Vice Chair)
- Energy Policy and Public Utilities
- Homeland Security and Emerging Technologies.
Thomas represented Michigan Senate District 4. District 4 includes the North and a part of the Central neighborhoods of the City of Detroit.
Thomas was not eligible for re-election under Michigan's term limits.
Thomas raised $131,631 for his campaign.
|Michigan State Senate, District 4|
|Buzz Thomas (D)||55,463|
|Karen Fobbs (R)||2,246|
In 2006 Buzz Thomas collected $131,631 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Senate Democratic Fund of Michigan||$18,000|
|Schauer 21st Century Fund||$10,000|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||$8,400|
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.
Thomas is single and resides in Detroit, Michigan.
- Senator Thomas' website
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1996
- Voting record from Michigan Votes
- Senator Thomas' facebook
- Senator Thomas' twitter
- List of 2010 state legislative candidates in Michigan
- "Michigan Senate" List of Standing Committees
- "Michigan Senate" Map of Senate Districts
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Election Results - General Election - November 07, 2006," accessed May 30, 2014
- Follow the Money's report on Thomas' 2008 campaign contributions
- 2006 contributors to Buzz Thomas
|Michigan State Senate District 4
2003–January 1, 2011
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