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Joan Bauer

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Joan Bauer
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Michigan House of Representatives District 68
Former member
In office
2007 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Lansing City Council
1995-2006
Education
Bachelor'sWestern Michigan University
CandidateVerification
Joan Bauer was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 68 from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2013.

Rep. Bauer graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in history and minors in political science and secondary education. Bauer was a high school and adult education government teacher and she served as the Director of Volunteer Services at Ingham Regional Medical Center for 21 years. Bauer is married to Doug Langham, the former Administrator of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Bureau of Workers Compensation in Michigan, and they live on Lansing's Westside.

Previous offices held

In 1995, Bauer was elected as a member at-large to the Lansing City Council, and re-elected in 1999, and 2003, where she served until 2006, when she resigned to run for the Michigan State House of Representatives. Bauer defeated first runner-up Jerry Hollister, the son of former Lansing Mayor David Hollister by nearly six percentage points in the Democratic Primary, garnering 32.83% of the vote. Bauer coasted to victory in the general election by receiving 74% of the vote defeating Republican businessman Harilaos I. Sorovigas.

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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Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Appropriations
  • Statutory Committee on Michigan Capitol, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Community Health
  • Subcommittee on Education, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education, Vice Chair

2009-2010

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

  • Appropriations
    • Higher Education Appropriations (Chair)
    • Community Colleges Appropriation (Vice Chair)
    • Economic Development
  • Joint Capital Outlay

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bauer won re-election to the District 68 seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Timothy Moede in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 68 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Joan Bauer (D) 18,593
Timothy Moede (R) 6,910

2008

On November 4, 2008, Joan Bauer ran for District 68 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating David Irons and DelRae Finnerty.[3]

Joan Bauer raised $60,219 for her campaign.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 68
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Joan Bauer (D) 32,282
David Irons (R) 8,394
DelRae Finnerty (UST) 867

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Bauer received $48,939 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[5]


2008

In 2008 Joan Bauer collected $60,219 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America $4,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $2,500
Michigan Education Association $2,150
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $2,019
DTE Energy $1,350

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Joan Bauer
S1087 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0826
joanbauer@house.mi.gov

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Scorecards

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.[7]

January 2011 - March 2012

Joan Bauer received a 15% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 68
2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
Andy Schor (D)