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Arlan Meekhof

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Arlan Meekhof
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Michigan State Senate District 30
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Current term ends
January 1, 2015
Political party Republican
Profession Teacher
Website Senate site
Arlan Meekhof (b. November 28, 1959) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 30 since January 1, 2011. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Floor Leader. Prior to becoming a senator, Meekhof served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to January 1, 2011.

Arlan was first elected to the Olive Township Board of Trustees in 1996, where he has served as a Trustee and later as Township Supervisor. Arlan was responsible for the daily operations of Olive Township—one of the fastest growing communities in Ottawa County.

Meekhof attended Davenport College. He graduated from Allendale Public High School in 1978 after graduating from Allendale Christian Junior High School.

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

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.[1]

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

On November 04, 2008, Arlan Meekhof ran for District 89 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Timothy Winslow and Terry Ashcraft. [2]

Arlan Meekhof raised $48,299 for his campaign.[3]

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

2010

In 2010, Meekhof raised $165,350 in contributions. [4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Arlan B Meekhof For State Representative $31,522
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $10,000
Kahn Leadership Fund $7,000
Meekhof, Arlan B $6,050

2008

In 2008 Arlan Meekhof collected $48,299 in donations. [5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $4,950
Michigan Farm Bureau $2,150
Gaffney Leadership Fund, Ed. $2,000
Michigan Association of Realtors $1,350
Telecom Association of Michigan PAC $1,150

Campaign contributions

Personal

Meekhof was born in Grand Haven (North Ottawa) Hospital and was adopted April 8, 1960, by Sidney and Ethel Meekhof. He is the oldest of four adopted children. He and his wife Barb reside in Olive Township, Michigan.

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