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Mark Schauer
Mark Schauer candidate.jpg
Former candidate for
Governor of Michigan
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Michigan, District 7
Michigan State Senate
Michigan House of Representative
Bachelor'sAlbion College
Master'sWestern Michigan University, Michigan State University
Date of birthOctober 2, 1961
Place of birthHowell, Michigan
ProfessionPublic administration
Personal website
Campaign website
Mark Schauer (b. October 2, 1961, in Howell, MI) was a Democratic candidate seeking 2014 election to the office of Governor of Michigan. He formally announced his candidacy on May 29, 2013, and won his party's nomination without opposition in the August 5 primary. Schauer took on Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1][2] Mark Schauer lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Schauer is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House. He represented the 7th District of Michigan from 2009-2011.


Schauer is a native of Howell, Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree from Albion College and worked extensively for the community service organization Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan before entering politics.[3]

In 1996, after two years serving on the Battle Creek City Commission, Schauer unseated the incumbent to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives. He was subsequently re-elected in 1998 and 2000 and then moved on to serving two terms in the State Senate.[3]

Political career

U.S. House (2009-2011)

Schauer was elected to represent Michigan's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House in 2008, defeating incumbent Tim Walberg in the general election. After one term, Walberg won back the seat from Schauer in 2010.

Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Schauer has voted with the House Democratic leadership 94.0% of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 95.5% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that he votes 94.6% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[5]

Specific Votes

Rep. Schauer voted for the stimulus bill.[6] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[7]

Schauer also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[9]

Schauer supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[11]

Finally, Schauer voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[12] Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[13]

State Senate (2003-2009)

State House (1997-2003)

On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Schauer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Schauer is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Schauer received a score of 49 percent on social issues and 27 percent on economic issues.[14]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[15]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[14] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

Schauer ran for election as Governor of Michigan in 2014 against Republican incumbent Rick Snyder.[1][16] He won the Democratic nomination without opposition in the primary election on August 5, 2014. In addition to Snyder, he faced Mary Buzuma (L), Mark McFarlin (I) and Paul Homeniuk (G) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder/Brian Calley Incumbent 50.9% 1,607,399
     Democratic Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown 46.9% 1,479,057
     Libertarian Mary Buzuma/Scott Boman 1.1% 35,723
     U.S. Taxpayers Mark McFarlin/Richard Mendoza 0.6% 19,368
     Green Paul Homeniuk/Candace R. Caveny 0.5% 14,934
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 50
Total Votes 3,156,531
Election Results via Michigan Department of State.

Campaign media

Mark Schauer ad


October 13 debate

Rick Snyder (R) and Mark Schauer (D) clashed over Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings, education spending and same-sex marriage during a debate at Wayne State University. Snyder argued on behalf of the state emergency manager's decision to take Detroit into bankruptcy, noting that the city was only months away from shedding $9 billion in debts. Schauer countered that pensioners in the city should not have been asked to cut their plans, citing legal and constitutional protections for public pension plans.[17]

Schauer criticized the governor's tax reform plan implemented in 2011, which he claimed cut $1 billion in education funds, raised taxes on the middle class by $1.4 billion and cut taxes for high-income earners by $1.8 billion. Snyder defended his tax plans by noting that education spending was up $1 billion during his term in office and tax reform brought fairer rates to small business owners.[17]

Snyder, who opposed same-sex marriage during his 2010 campaign, stated that he would abide by a federal appeals court ruling regarding Michigan's ban on the practice. Schauer criticized Snyder for evading a question about his stance on same-sex marriage and supporting a law that banned benefits for the partners of state employees.[17]


All candidates

Governor of Michigan - All candidates
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Mary Buzuma (L)Mark McFarlin (UST)Paul Homeniuk (G)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(September 4-7, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(September 14, 2014)
We Ask America
(September 18-19, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(September 29, 2014)
The Detroit News/WDIV
(October 2-4, 2014)
Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Research
(October 9, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(October 19, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(October 27, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(November 1-2, 2014)
AVERAGES 45.77% 42.76% 2.19% 1.1% 1.07% 7.07% +/-2.86 974.89
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Major party candidates

Governor of Michigan - Major party candidates- October 2014
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Third Party/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
MRG Poll
(September 30-October 1, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(October 2-3, 2014)
(October 17-19, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(October 20-21, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
(October 26-28, 2014)
AVERAGES 46.12% 43.58% 10.48% +/-3.6 928.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Michigan - Major party candidates through September 2014
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Third Party/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 2013)
(September 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(December 5-8, 2013)
Conservative Intel Poll
(January 7-8, 2014)
(February 5-11, 2014)
Lambert, Edwards & Associates (dead link)
(March 14, 2014)
Mitchell Research & Communications
(April 9, 2014)
Mitchell Research and Communications
(June 6, 2014)
(August 22-25, 2014)
Detroit News-WDIV
(September 3-5, 2014)
Rasmussen Reports
(September 17-18, 2014)
Target Insyght
(September 22-24, 2014)
(September 25-29, 2014)
Lake Research Partners
(September 26-30, 2014)
AVERAGES 44.33% 39.7% 15.96% +/-3.75 757.79
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
  • An asterisk denotes incumbent status.

Public Funding

"The Difference"

Schauer sought public funding for the primary election on August 5, 2014. Schauer is subject to a $2 million spending limit for the primary election, and sought close to $1 million. Schauer has not yet decided whether he will accept public funding for the general election in November. The state public funding comes from voters who choose to donate $3 by checking off a box on their income tax returns.[18]


In April 2012, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting in the 2012 election.[19] Tim Walberg ranked 6th on the list.[19] The article notes that Tim Walberg lost the district to centrist Schauer (D) in 2008. He then beat Schauer in a rematch by 5 points in 2010. The redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, made sure to cut Schauer’s home base out of the district and made it a few points more Republican.[19] According to the article, Schauer said that he would not run for a rematch because of the new map.[19]


On November 2, 2010, Tim Walberg won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark H. Schauer (D), Greg Merle (L), Scott Eugene Aughney (U.S. Taxpayers), Richard Wunsch (G), and Danny Davis (Write-In) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg 50.2% 113,185
     Democratic Mark H. Schauer Incumbent 45.4% 102,402
     Libertarian Greg Merle 1.4% 3,239
     U.S. Taxpayers Scott Eugene Aughney 1.6% 3,705
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.4% 3,117
     Independent Danny Davis 0% 21
Total Votes 225,669


Schauer and his wife Christine have four grandchildren and owned a small business in Battle Creek.[3]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Schauer for Governor Campaign Website, "Home," accessed May 29, 2013
  2. Politics1, "2013-2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 29, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mark Schauer for Governor 2014 Campaign Website, "About Mark," accessed May 29, 2013 (dead link) (dead link)
  4. A Line of Sight, July 2010 (timed out) (timed out)
  5. The Washington Post analysis
  6. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  7. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  8. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  9. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  10. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  11. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  12. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  13. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 On The Issues, "Mark Schauer Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  15. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  16. Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 The Monitor, "Michigan's only gubernatorial debate grows testy," October 13, 2014
  18. Detroit Free Press, Mark Schauer seeks public funding for governor campaign, January 7, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013 accessed December 23, 2011