New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Phil Phelps

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Phil Phelps
Phil Phelps.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 49
In office
November 7, 2013[1] - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Office website
Campaign website
Phil Phelps is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected in a special election on November 5, 2013.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Phelps served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Communications and Technology, Minority Vice Chair
Health Policy


Campaign themes


Phelps' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Michigan’s economy took a big hit when the auto industry began shutting down automotive factories. However, Michiganders are resilient. We will rebuild Michigan's economy by investing in small businesses, technology, clean energy, and science and math education."

Civil Rights

  • Excerpt: "Our legislature should work to end discrimination whether it is based on gender, race, age, sexual orientation or any other reason. I want to work to help the LGBT community gain the same rights as all members of our community,fight to reduce income disparities based on race, and fight for equal wages for women."

Reproductive Rights

  • Excerpt: "The Michigan legislature in recent years has taken women's healthcare choices away from them. Women should be able to make planned decisions about starting a family. Decisions about women's healthcare and their bodies should be made by women."

Open Government

  • Excerpt: "Government transparency is truly important. We pay our taxes and vote for legislators to represent our interests, so we deserve to know how they spend our public dollars. Information and communication should be readily available to the citizens for government to truly serve its citizens. Citizens need all the relevant information to hold their elected leaders accountable."

Retirement Security

  • Excerpt: "Our senior citizens have worked for years to save money and plan for their retirement. Now that their working years are over, the legislature has forced changes to those planned retirements. By taxing their pensions our government is taking more than money, they're taking security away from a population who is least able to protect themselves."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Phil Phelps defeated Kyle Cawood in the Democratic primary. Lu Penton was unopposed in the Republican primary. Phelps defeated Penton in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 49 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Phelps Incumbent 73.6% 18,211
     Republican Lu Penton 26.4% 6,524
Total Votes 24,735
Michigan House of Representatives, District 49 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Phelps Incumbent 78.6% 4,563
Kyle Cawood 21.4% 1,242
Total Votes 5,805


See also: Michigan state legislative special elections, 2013

Phelps won election in a special election for Michigan House of Representatives District 49. The seat was vacant following Jim Ananich's (D) election to the Michigan State Senate on May 7. Phelps defeated five others in the August 6 Democratic primary and defeated Don Pfeiffer (R) and Pat Clawson (L) in the special election, which took place on November 5.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 49, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Phelps 63.4% 4,894
     Republican Don Pfeiffer 32.4% 2,501
     Libertarian Pat Clawson 4.2% 323
Total Votes 7,718



In 2014, Phelps' endorsements included the following:[15]

  • Former Lt. Governor John Cherry
  • Former Democratic House Leader Rick Hammel
  • State Representative Pam Faris
  • State Representative Terry Brown
  • Former State Representative Jack Minore
  • Former State Representative Nate Jonker
  • Flushing Twp. Treasurer Maryion Lee
  • Councilperson Ellen Ellenburg City of Burton
  • UAW Region 1-C
  • AFT Local 6244 of the AFL-CIO
  • Genesee County Progressive Caucus

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Phil + Phelps + Michigan + House"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Phil Phelps News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link