Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

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Alberta Tinsley Talabi
Roberta Tinsley-Talabi.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 3
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Wayne County Commissioner
Detroit City Council
High schoolScripps, Foch and Southeastern High School
Bachelor'sEastern Michigan University (1976)
Office website
Personal website
Alberta Tinsley Talabi is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 3. Talabi was first elected in 2010.


Talabi grew in the Eastside of Detroit with her large family of eight brothers and sisters. After graduating from Scripps, Foch and Southeastern High School, she went onto pursue a dual major in social work and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University. Talabi received her bachelor's of science degree in 1976.[1]

She served as a Detroit City Council member from 1993-2009 and as the Wayne County Commissioner from 1987-1990. She is the founder of Mack Alive, the Coalition Against Billboard Advertising of Alcohol and Tobacco, and the Partnership for a Drug Free Detroit.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Talabi has been appointed to these committees:



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Talabi defeated District 1 incumbent Tim Bledsoe and Anthony Zander in the Democratic primary on August 7. Talabi won the seat in the general election.[3]The general election is November 6.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlberta Tinsley Talabi Incumbent 51% 5,272
Tim Bledsoe Incumbent 45.4% 4,699
Anthony Zander 3.6% 374
Total Votes 10,345

Campaign themes

A questionnaire distributed by the League of Women Voters asked the candidates to provide information about their legislative priorities and proposed actions regarding those priorities. Talabi gave the following response:

  • Job Growth and Employment Opportunities

"I will propose the state spending priorities focus on those activities that generate "real" jobs with particular consideration given to economically distressed areas."[5]

  • Preventing Mortgage Foreclosures

"I will propose that OFIR establish criteria for financial institutions to grant families with underwater loans new mortgages at current market value."[5]

  • Quality Public Education

"I will support higher state funding for K-12 School Aid Fund and improved teacher continuing education and technical support funding."[5]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Talabi won election to the District 3 Seat in 2010. She defeated Carol Banks, Kenneth Jackson, Isaiah Lawson, Liscious Williams III and Kirk Young in the August 3 Democratic primary. She defeated Daniel Lamar (R) and Fred Vitale (G) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 3 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) 13,200
Daniel Lamar (R) 522
Fred Vitale (G) 322

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Campaign donors


In 2010, Talabi raised $15,415 in contributions. [6]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME $2,000
Auto Workers $1,500
DPOA PAC $1,000
Michigan Education Association $1,000


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.[7]

January 2011 - March 2012

Alberta Tinsley Talabi received a 6% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[7]


District 3 is located in Detroit.

Campaign Contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State


Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi
S587 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Phone: (517) 373-1776


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