Charles Smiley

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Charles Smiley
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Michigan House of Representatives District 50
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Burton City Council
Date of birthMay 4, 1954
Place of birthFlint, MI
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Smiley (b. May 4, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 50 since January 1, 2011.

Smiley was mayor of Burton for 20 years. He also served as a member of the Burton City Council for four years. Prior to his election as mayor, Charles worked at General Motors Truck and Bus Assembly plant for 18 years.


Campaign Themes

Smiley's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Enacting the Emergency Financial Managers Law

  • Excerpt:"This undermines democracy because the Governor can make the determination that a local unit of government or school district that doesn’t meet his standards can take over that entity and wipe out the vote of the people who reside in that area."

Tax on Pensions

  • Excerpt:"Making senior citizens pay for big tax breaks for Businesses, who haven’t created jobs, reducing the spending power and consumer demand that small businesses need to thrive and create jobs."

Massive Cuts in Education Funding

  • Excerpt:"Our residents have said loud and clear that they do not want the budget balanced on the backs of our children. It is deplorable that the Governor and legislative Republicans refused to listen to the people, choosing to divert state funding meant for classrooms to giant corporations instead."

Worker’s Compensation Law

  • Excerpt:"This makes it more difficult for worker’s who become injured on the job to be compensated for those injuries."

Unemployment Benefits Reduction

  • Excerpt:"Last year any person who was laid off would become eligible for up to 26 weeks of Unemployment benefits. Beginning in January 2012, the maximum weeks have been reduced to 20 weeks. This new law change offers fewer weeks of eligibility benefits than any other state in the country."

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Natural Resources, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smiley served on these committees:



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smiley won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 50. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Miles Gadola (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Smiley Incumbent 60.8% 26,678
     Republican Miles Gadola 39.2% 17,165
Total Votes 43,843


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smiley won election to the District 50 Seat in 2010. He defeated Richard Burrus, James Cowan, Jeffery Houston and Gerald Masters in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated William Ralph (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 50 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Smiley (D) 13,647
William Ralph (R) 12,134

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.==2010===

In 2010, Smiley raised $26,285 in contributions. [3]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Smiley, Charles H $5,592
Smiley, Charles H $5,000
Michigan Education Association $1,000


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.[4]

January 2011 - March 2012

Charles Smiley received a 10% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[4]


Smiley and his wife Pam have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Slezak (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 50
Succeeded by