|Governor of Michigan|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House, Michigan, District 7|
|Michigan State Senate|
|Michigan House of Representative|
|Master's||Western Michigan University, Michigan State University|
|Birthday||October 2, 1961|
|Place of birth||Howell, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Voting Record
- 4 On The Issues Vote Match
- 5 Elections
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Rep. Schauer voted for the stimulus bill. 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.
Schauer also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill. According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.
Schauer supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. 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.
Finally, Schauer voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 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.
State Senate (2003-2009)
State House (1997-2003)
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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: 2014.|
- See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014
Schauer is running for election as Governor of Michigan in 2014, when Republican incumbent Rick Snyder is up for re-election. He won the Democratic nomination without opposition in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
|Governor of Michigan|
|Poll||Rick Snyder* (R)||Mark Schauer (D)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Poll|
(December 5-8, 2013)
|Conservative Intel Poll|
(January 7-8, 2014)
(February 5-11, 2014)
|Lambert, Edwards & Associates|
(March 14, 2014)
|Mitchell Research & Communications|
(April 9, 2014)
|Mitchell Research and Communications|
(June 6, 2014)
|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 email@example.com|
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.
In April 2012, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting in the 2012 election. Tim Walberg ranked 6th on the list. 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. According to the article, Schauer said that he would not run for a rematch because of the new map.
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.
Schauer and his wife Christine have four grandchildren and owned a small business in Battle Creek.
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- Mark Schauer for Governor Campaign Website, "Home," accessed May 29, 2013
- Politics1, "2013-2014 Election Calendar," accessed May 29, 2013
- Mark Schauer for Governor 2014 Campaign Website, "About Mark," accessed May 29, 2013
- A Line of Sight, July 2010
- The Washington Post analysis
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
- On The Issues, "Mark Schauer Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- 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.
- Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, Mark Schauer seeks public funding for governor campaign, January 7, 2013
- The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" accessed December 23, 2011