Robert Dean

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Robert Dean
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Michigan House of Representatives District 75
Former member
Term in office began
2007
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Robert Dean was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 75 from 2007 to 2011.

Rep. Dean graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1972. Dean worked for Interstate Brands Corporation in Grand Rapids, where he also was an American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations union member for nine years.In 1980, Dean founded the New Life Church of God in Christ, and has been its Pastor for the past 27 years. Dean has been married to Betty Dean for 32 years and has two children and two grandchildren.

Previous offices held

In 1990 he was elected to the Grand Rapids Public School Board, where he served until 1997.

In 1999, Dean was elected City Commissioner where he served until 2006, when he resigned to run for the State House.

Political campaign history

Dean filed to run for the 75th District in early 2006. Popular Rep. Jerry Kooiman did not run for re-election due to term-limits. Dean had little primary opposition. In the general election, Dean faced off against Republican Tim Doyle. It was one of the most closely watched races in Michigan. Dean won by only 1,500 votes.

Voting record

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.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • 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.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • 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.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • 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.

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Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010, Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Dean did not run for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2010, although he was eligible to do so. Instead, Dean ran unsuccessfully for the District 29 Senate seat. He was defeated by David LaGrand by a margin of 6,370 to 4,566.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Robert Dean ran for District 75 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Dan Tietema and Mark Simonait.[1]

Robert Dean raised $129,162 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 75
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Robert Dean (D) 24,683
Dan Tietema (R) 16,950
Mark Simonait (L) 880

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Robert Dean collected $129,162 in donations.[3]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Granholm Leadership Fund $10,000
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $5,500
Michigan Health & Hospital Association $5,400
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $5,200

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Robert Dean
N1094 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-2668
robertdean@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 75
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Brandon Dillon