|Michigan House of Representatives District 68|
|2007 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Lansing City Council|
|Bachelor's||Western Michigan University|
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.
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.
More voting record details
- List of all of Joan Bauer’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Joan Bauer’s 1 missed roll-call votes
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bauer served on these committees:
- Statutory Committee on Michigan Capitol, Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Community Health
- Subcommittee on Education, Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Higher Education, Vice Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bauer served on these committees:
- Higher Education Appropriations (Chair)
- Community Colleges Appropriation (Vice Chair)
- Economic Development
- Joint Capital Outlay
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 68 General election (2010)|
|Joan Bauer (D)||18,593|
|Timothy Moede (R)||6,910|
Joan Bauer raised $60,219 for her campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 68|
|Joan Bauer (D)||32,282|
|David Irons (R)||8,394|
|DelRae Finnerty (UST)||867|
In 2010, Bauer received $48,939 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joan Bauer's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan Auto Workers||$5,000|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan||$2,500|
|Michigan Education Association||$2,000|
|Michigan Health & Hospital Association||$1,050|
|Michigan Association Of Realtors||$800|
|Total Raised in 2010||$48,939|
In 2008 Joan Bauer collected $60,219 in donations. 
Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|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|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Joan Bauer
S1087 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
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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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Joan Bauer received a 15% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
- Joan Bauer's personal website
- Michigan Legislature - Representative Joan Bauer official government website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Michigan Votes - Joan Bauer
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Joan Bauer on Facebook
- Joan Bauer on LinkedIn
- ↑ Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money's report on Bauer's 2008 campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributors to Joan Bauer
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 25, 2012
|Michigan House of Representatives District 68
2007 – 2013
| Succeeded by|
Andy Schor (D)
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