Bruce Caswell

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Bruce Caswell
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Michigan State Senate, District 16
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
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
2003 – 2008
Supervisor, Adams Township
1980 – 2000
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Master'sMichigan State University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 20, 1949
ProfessionRetired teacher/tax assessor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Bruce Caswell (b. October 20, 1949) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Caswell served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.

Caswell has served as party treasurer and chairman of the Hillsdale County Republican Party, which named him their "Republican of the Year" for 2007.

Biography

Bruce attended West Point Academy for two years and earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1971. He also earned his master's degree in History with an Education minor in Physics from MSU. His professional experience includes working as a teacher instructing in history, math, and physics; and as a tax assessor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

Elections

2011

See also: Bruce Caswell recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)

An effort to recall Caswell was launched in summer 2011. Recall language targeting Caswell for his support of House Bill 4361 (S-5) was approved 2-1 by the Hillsdale County Election Commission on October 4, 2011. In June and July, the commission rejected the language of two previous petitions.[1] Petitioners had 180 days to gather approximately 18,465 signatures in order to trigger a recall election. All of the signatures had to be gathered within a 90-day window of those 180 days.[1] The original push failed to make the ballot, leading organizer Roger Korte to say the goal was to get the recall question on the May 2012 ballot. That, however, was pushed back again, with a new aim for the August 7, 2012 ballot. New signature collecting efforts began on January 2, but also failed.[2]

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Caswell won election to the 16th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Doug Spade (D) in the November 2 general election.[3] In October 2011, a petition to recall Caswell from his position began circulating.

Michigan State Senate, District 16 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Caswell (R) 47,504
Doug Spade (D) 26,181

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Caswell is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Caswell raised a total of $497,076 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[4]

Bruce Caswell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $61,982
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 16 Won $250,141
2006 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $67,110
2004 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $50,631
2002 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $67,212
Grand Total Raised $497,076

2012

Caswell won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Caswell raised a total of $61,982.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Caswell's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$5,000
Michigan Jobs Fund$4,552
Caswell, Bruce$1,650
Health Care Association Of Michigan$1,500
DTE Energy$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$61,982
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Caswell won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Caswell raised a total of $250,141.

2006

Caswell won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Caswell raised a total of $67,110.

2004

Caswell won re-election to the Michigan in 2004. During that election cycle, Caswell raised a total of $50,631.

2002

Caswell won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Caswell raised a total of $67,212.

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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Bruce Caswell received a 50% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Personal

Bruce and his wife, Beth, have two children.

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