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Patricia Birkholz

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Patricia Birkholz
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Michigan Senate District 24
Former member
Term in office began
2003
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Patricia Birkholz was a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate from 2003 to January 1, 2011. Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Birkholz did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [1]

Birkholz served as the President Pro Tempore of the Michigan Senate, and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry served as the President of the Senate. Birkholz also served on the Michigan House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002 and briefly was the Assistant Majority Leader in 1997.

Birkholz started her political career as a Treasurer for Saugatuck Township from 1982 to 1992 and for Allegan County from 1992 to 1996. Birkholz also was a Former District Staff Assistant for Congressman Fred Upton from 1990 to 1992. Birkholz graduated from Western Michigan with her Bachelor's degree and is currently working on a Master's in Public Affairs from Western Michigan.

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.
  • 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.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

Committee assignments

Birkholz served on these committees:

District 24

Birkholz represented Michigan Senate District 24. District 24 includes Holland and the Western Outlying Lansing Area[3].


Elections

2010

Birkholz was not eligible for re-election due to Michigan's term limits.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Birkholz ran for District 24 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Suzzette Royston.[4]

Birkholz raised $113,382 for her campaign.[5]

Michigan State Senate, District 24
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Birkholz (R) 64,737
Suzzette Royston 46,480

Campaign donors

2006

In 2006 Patricia Birkholz collected $113,382 in donations.[6]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $4,300
Michigan Association of Realtors $4,100
American Electric Power $3,000
CMS Energy $2,300

Personal

Patricia has three children and resides in Saugatuck Township, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 24
2003–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Rick Jones