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Michael Firsching
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University, University of Arizona, and Southern Illinois University
OtherVeterinary College at the University of Illinois (1982)
Campaign website
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Michael Firsching was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He was defeated by incumbent Rodney Davis in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[1][2]

Firsching ran as a Republican for the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of Illinois in 2012. He was defeated by the incumbent, Timothy Johnson, on March 20, 2012.[3]


Firsching was born in Ohio in 1956, and he grew up with his parents in Georgia and then Illinois.[4] He attended Eastern Illinois University, the University of Arizona and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary College at the University of Illinois in 1982.[4]


  • 1983: Started his own business: Fort Russell Veterinary Service
  • 1997-2001: Member of the Edwardsville School Board
  • 2002-2004: Trustee for the Holiday Shores Sanitary District
  • 2006-2008: Member of the Madison County Regional School Board



See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Illinois' 13th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the very small margin of victory in the last congressional and presidential election in the district. Incumbent Rodney Davis defeated Michael Firsching and Erika Harold in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, Ann Callis triumphed over George Gollin and David Green. Davis and Callis faced each other in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1][5]

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis Incumbent 54.6% 27,816
Erika Harold 41.1% 20,951
Michael Firsching 4.2% 2,147
Total Votes 50,914
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections


See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Firsching ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 13th District. Firsching sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Firsching and candidate Frank Metzger were defeated by incumbent Timothy Johnson in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[3] The Democratic primary between candidates David Gill and Matt Goetten was incredibly close, and in the end Gill narrowly beat out Goetten.[3]

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Johnson Incumbent 68.7% 35,655
Frank Metzger 18.4% 9,571
Michael Firsching 12.9% 6,706
Total Votes 51,932

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Firsching's reports.

Michael Firsching (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[9]October 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Running totals

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