Raymond Basham

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Raymond Basham
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Michigan Senate District 8
Former member
Term in office began
2002
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Raymond Basham was a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate from 2002 to January 1, 2011. During that time, he served as Minority Whip.

Basham was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1997 via a special election. Basham served in the Michigan House of Representatives until 2002. Basham also had extensive experience serving in local government for the Detroit suburb of Taylor. Basham served on Taylor's Water Commission from 1984 to 1985 before becoming the City's Constable from 1985 to 1989. Basham also served on the Taylor City Council from 1989 to 1997 with the last four years of his council term on the City's Planning Commission from 1993 to 1997.

Basham attended college at Henry Ford, Schoolcraft, and Wayne County Community Colleges along with Wayne State and Western Michigan. Basham worked for the Ford Motor Company as a skilled tradesperson from 1969 to 1997 and served on the bargaining unit of UAW Local 245 from 1976 till his retirement in 1997. Basham was also a part-time Police Officer from 1979 to 1984 along with serving on active duty on the US Air Force from 1962 to 1966.

Committee assignments

Basham served on these committees:

District 8

Basham represented Michigan Senate District 8. District 8 includes the East Detroit suburbs of Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, Taylor, and Wynadotte[2].

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.


Elections

2010

Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Basham did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [3]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Basham ran for District 8 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Fred Kalsic and Loel Gnadt.[4]

Basham raised $63,882 for his campaign.[5]

Michigan State Senate, District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Raymond Bosham 58,501
Fred Kalsic (R) 21,727
Loel Gnadt (L) 2,197

Campaign donors

2006

In 2006 Raymond Basham collected $63,882 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Auto Workers Region V $6,025
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $4,605
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $3,800
DTE Enengy $3,700

Personal

Raymond is married to Iva Basham. They have two children and reside in Taylor, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 8
2002–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Hoon-Yung Hopgood