Arlan Meekhof

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Arlan Meekhof
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Michigan State Senate, District 30
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Floor Leader, Michigan State Senate
2011 – present
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
2006 – 2010
Education
High schoolAllendale Public High School, 1978
Personal
BirthdayNovember 28, 1959
Place of birthGrand Haven, Michigan
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Arlan B. Meekhof (b. November 28, 1959) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Floor Leader.

Meekhof served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. In 1996, he was elected to the Olive Township Board of Trustees, where he has served as a Trustee and later as Township Supervisor.

Biography

Meekhof graduated from Allendale Public High School in 1978 and attended Davenport College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Government Operations
Local Government and Elections, Vice-chair
Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Regulatory Reform

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Meekhof served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Meekhof served on the following committees:

Issues

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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Elections

2014

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Sarah Howard was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Arlan Meekhof was unopposed in the Republican primary. Meekhof faces Howard in the general election.[1][2][3]

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Meekhof won election to the 30th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat John Chester and Libertarian Bruce Campbell in the November 2 general election.[4]

Michigan State Senate, District 30 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Arlan Meekhof (R) 74,409
John Chester (D) 20,061
Bruce Campbell (L) 3,058

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Meekhof ran for District 89 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Timothy Winslow and Terry Ashcraft.[5]

Meekhof raised $48,299 for his campaign.[6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 89
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Arlan Meekhof (R) 28,931
Timothy Winslow (D) 16,536
Terry Ashcraft (L) 2,117

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meekhof is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Meekhof raised a total of $336,529 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[7]

Arlan Meekhof's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 30 Not up for election $85,130
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 30 Won $165,350
2008 Michigan State House, District 89 Won $48,299
2006 Michigan State House, District 89 Won $37,750
Grand Total Raised $336,529

2012

Meekhof was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Meekhof raised a total of $85,130.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Arlan Meekhof's campaign in 2012
Citizens Action Fund$3,936
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$3,000
Michigan Association Of Nurse Anesthetists$2,500
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$2,500
Clark Hill PLC$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$85,130
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Meekhof won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Meekhof raised a total of $165,350.

2008

Meekhof won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Meekhof raised a total of $48,299.

2006

Meekhof won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Meekhof raised a total of $37,750.

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.[8]

January 2011 - March 2012

Arlan Meekhof received a 68% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[8]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Meekhof's endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[9]

Personal

Meekhof, the oldest of four adopted children, is married to his wife, Barb.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 30
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 89
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Amanda Price