|Michigan House of Representatives District 87|
|Candidate for Michigan Lieutenant Governor|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
- 1 Previous offices held
- 2 Political campaign history
- 3 Voting record
- 4 Property tax reform
- 5 Michigan Merit Curriculum
Calley is running for Lt. Governor in 2010.
During High School, Calley volunteered for the local Republican Party, and joined its executive committee after graduation from Ionia High School in 1995.  Calley attended Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in business administration in 1998. He then earned a MBA from Grand Valley State University in 2000, pursuing a career in banking. He and his wife Julie Calley have two children. 
Previous offices held
Calley was elected to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners in 2002, He served for four years until his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During his tenure as a County Commissioner, he served on the Mid-South Substance Abuse Council, Ionia County Economic Alliance Board of Directors, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Ionia County Personnel Finance Committee. 
Political campaign history
In August 2006, Calley won the 87th House District Republican primary in a 7 person race, subsequently going on to win the general election of that same year. He currently serves as the Minority Vice Chair of House Tax Policy Committee and in addition to sitting on the Health Policy and Banking and Financial Services committees. In 2008, Calley was named the "Legislator of the Year" by the Small Business Association of Michigan.
Calley was unopposed for the 2008 Republican primary for his seat in the state legislature. He faced Democratic candidate Greg Grieves, Libertarian candidate Joseph P. Gillotte and U.S. Taxpayers candidate Phillip Peter Adams in the 2008 general election, winning reelection with 64% of the vote.
- 2008 Michigan House of Representatives - 87th District Election
- Brian Calley (R), 64.1%
- Greg Grieves (D), 31.2%
- Phillip Peter Adams (Constitution), 2.7%
- Joseph P. Gillotte (Libertarian), 2.1%
- 2006 Michigan House of Representatives - 87th District Election
- Brian Calley (R), 56.3%
- Doug Kalnbach (D), 40.6%
- Walt Herwarth (Constitution), 1.0%
Property tax reform
Calley introduced in 2009 HJR B that would change the Michigan Constitution to prohibit property taxes on a home from increasing when the value decreases. He stated if the Michigan Legislature does not place the measure on the 2010 ballot, he will organize a statewide petition to do so by referendum.
Michigan Merit Curriculum
In 2006, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law rigorous new statewide graduation requirements known as the "Michigan Merit Curriculum".  Critics claim the new requirements divert resources from advanced placement classes, are too rigid and the sudden additional requirements will subsequently increase the drop-out rate in Michigan. In March 2009, Calley introduced HB 4534 which would institute the previous graduation requirements.
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 Brian Calley’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 Brian Calley’s 86 missed roll-call votes
Committee Assignments, 2009-2010
Brian Calley raised $66,060 for his campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 87|
|Brian Calley (R)||29,583|
|Greg Grieves (D)||14,360|
|Phillip Adams (UST)||1,267|
|Joseph Gillotte (L)||975|
In 2008 Brian Calley collected $66,060 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$4,742|
|Principled Leadership Fund||$4,000|
|Michigan Health & Hospital Association||$3,000|
|Michigan Chamber of Commerce||$3,000|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Brian Calley
N-1191 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
- Brian Calley's personal website
- Michigan House Republicans - Brian Calley
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Michigan Votes - Brian Calley
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- ChurchHacks.com » Blog Archive » Interview with Brian Calley, State Representative-Elect
- http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=65735 Representative Brian N. Calley (MI)
- Representative Brian Calley :: House District 87
- http://www.sbam.org/content.php?id=1157 Representative Brian Calley Puts People First; Not Politics
- http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/08GEN/08076000.html 87th District State Representative 2 Year Term (1) Position
- Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Calley's 2008 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Brian Calley
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