Al Pscholka

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Al Pscholka
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Michigan House of Representatives District 79
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sWestern Michigan University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Al Pscholka is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 79 since January 1, 2011. Pscholka currently serves as the Majority Caucus Leader.

Pscholka is a part time broadcaster, reporting play-by-play of local high school sports. he was part owner of Cosy Broadcasting, which operated two stations in south Haven and Stevensville. is a former vice president of Cornerstone Alliance, where he served for nine years.

Pscholka graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Issues

Campaign themes

Pscholka's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Michigan's Young Professionals

  • Excerpt:"In addition to creating a better business climate so our young professionals have jobs and opportunities, we need to make sure our tax policies fit our vision of getting young people back to Michigan."

Michigan's Competitiveness Agenda

  • Excerpt:"Going forward, we need to develop University and College - business partnerships, focusing on attracting companies and retaining our talent. Keeping more of our Michigan young people in our State, expanding business incubation and growing the venture capital capabilities."

Education

  • Excerpt:"Michigan must continue to utilize its' community colleges for training. Community colleges play a unique role in providing job training and a great opportunity for students to transfer for four year degrees"

Jobs

  • Excerpt:"I believe Michigan is a great place to live, work, and play and we can again make Michigan competitive. Let’s talk about a four step plan to put Michigan back to work."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pscholka served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pscholka served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pscholka won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 79. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Jim Hahn (D) and Carl G. Oehling (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 79, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Pscholka Incumbent 52.8% 21,490
     Democratic Jim Hahn 45.7% 18,630
     Independent Carl G. Oehling 1.5% 613
Total Votes 40,733

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pscholka won election to the District 79 Seat in 2010. He defeated Bruce Gorenflo and Paul Peterson in the August 3 Republican primary. He defeated Mary Brown (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 77 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Al Pscholka (R) 17,293
Mary Brown (D) 8,761
Carl Oehling (U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan) 908

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pscholka is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pscholka raised a total of $133,679 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[3]

Al Pscholka's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 79 Won $79,103
2010 Michigan State House, District 79 Won $54,576
Grand Total Raised $133,679

2012

Pscholka won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pscholka raised a total of $79,103.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Al Pscholka's campaign in 2012
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$4,750
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$3,300
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$1,600
Michigan Association Of Realtors$1,500
DTE Energy$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$79,103
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pscholka won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pscholka raised a total of $54,576.

Recall efforts

See also: Al Pscholka recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

On April 28, 2011 Benton Harbor City Commissioner Dennis Knowles filed language to recall Pscholka from office. It stated the Pscholka should be recalled "for sponsoring and supporting Public Act 4 that has robbed the citizens in District 79, namely the city of Benton Harbor, of their democratic rights...empowering a non elected emergency financial manager...(and) striking local municipal government representation for, of and by the people."[4]

Following the submission's rejection by the Berrien County Election Commission, Knowles submitted new recall language seeking recall on May 11.[5] At a meeting on May 22 the county election commission approved the language. The recall language is valid for 180 days, but Knowles must collect 6,718 signatures within a 90 day period in order to put a recall on the ballot.[6]

In early August, Knowles announced he had collected nearly half of the required signatures and planned to turn in the petitions on September 15.[7]

The recall never made it to the ballot.[8]

Scorecards

Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[9]

January 2011 - March 2012

Al Pscholka received a 79% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[9]

Personal

Pscholka and his wife Suzanne have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Proos, IV (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 79
2011–present
Succeeded by
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