Bert Johnson

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Bert Johnson
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Michigan State Senate District 2
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Current term ends
January 1, 2015
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Senate site
Bert Johnson (b. October 20, 1973) is a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 2 since January 1, 2011. Prior to his time in the Senate, Bert served two terms in the Michigan House, representing District 5. During his time in the House, Bert served as Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee.

Prior to his time in the legislature, Bert served as office manager at his family's law firm. He was also the Chief of Staff to State Representative Bill McConico for over 5 years.

Bert received his education at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and went on to become a Criminology and Security Administration major at the University of Detroit, Mercy.

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, Johnson has been appointed to these committees:

  • Appropriations
  • Redistricting
  • Regulatory Reform, Vice Chair
  • Statutory Committee on Administrative Rules
  • Subcommittee on General Government, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Judiciary, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Vice Chair

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

Johnson won election to the 2nd District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Republican Don Chouinard in the November 2 general election.[1]

Michigan State Senate, District 2 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bert Johnson (D) 34,858
John Chouinard (R) 17,459

2008

On November 04, 2008, Bert Johnson ran unopposed for District 5 of the Michigan House of Representatives. [2]

Bert Johnson raised $47,677 for his campaign.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bert Johnson (D) 25,595

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Johnson raised $45,900 in contributions. [4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Association Of Realtors $5,300
Capitol Affairs $5,000
Invest In Michigan PAC $5,000
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association $4,000

2008

In 2008 Bert Johnson collected $47,677 in donations. [5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $3,795
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America $3,000
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association $1,900
Michigan Health & Hospital Association $1,900
AT&T $1,382

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Personal

Bert is the father of three children: India, Bertram, and Nicholas.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martha G. Scott
Michigan State Senate District 2
2011-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 5
2005–2011
Succeeded by
John Olumba