Alma Wheeler Smith
|Alma Wheeler smith|
|Michigan House of Representatives District 54|
|2005-January 1, 2011|
In 2002, she was a candidate for governor in the Democratic primaries. She was also the running mate for David Bonior in his bid for governor. She has served in the Michigan House since 2004, although she cannot run to retain her House seat in 2010 due to term limits. She ran for governor in 2010, but ultimately withdrew from the campaign.
Smith is a member of a prominent Ann Arbor political family. Her father, Albert H. Wheeler, was mayor of Ann Arbor from 1975 to 1978, and the first African American to hold that position. Her sister, Nancy Francis, has served as a Washtenaw County probate judge since 1990. Her son, Conan Smith, serves as a Washtenaw County commissioner, and he was elected chairperson of the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party in December 2008. Her daughter-in-law, Rebekah Warren, represents District 53 in the Michigan State House of Representatives.
Previous offices held
She was a State Senator representing Ann Arbor for eight years before term limits ended her tenure in that body.
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.
More voting record details
- List of all of Alma Wheeler Smith’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Alma Wheeler Smith’s 113 missed roll-call votes
Committee Assignments, 2009-2010
Alma Wheeler Smith raised $21,863 for her campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 54|
|Alma Wheeler Smith (D)||33,509|
|Tom Banks (R)||12,283|
|David Raaflaub (L)||1,319|
In 2008 Alma Wheeler Smith collected $21,863 in donations. 
Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees||$1,500|
|Alma Wheeler Smith||$1,300|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||$1,000|
|John Dingell for Congress Committee||$1,000|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith
S0988 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
- Michigan Legislature - Representative Alma Wheeler Smith
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Michigan Votes - Alma Wheeler Smith
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000
- Alma Smith on Facebook
- Alma4mi.com 2010 Campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from October 24, 2010.
- Michigan Live, "Democratic state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith withdraws from Michigan governor's race," May 10, 2010, accessed July 24, 2013
- Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Smith's 2008 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Alma Wheeler Smith
|Michigan House of Representatives District 54
2005–January 1, 2011
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