Dave Hildenbrand

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Dave Hildenbrand
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Michigan State Senate District 29
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
2004 – 2010
Bachelor'sMichigan State University (1996)
Place of birthGrand Rapids, Michigan
Office website
Dave Hildenbrand is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 29 from January 1, 2011. Before his time in the Senate, Hildenbrand served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 86 from 2005 to January 1, 2011. He currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

Rep. Hildenbrand graduated as Valedictorian from Lowell High School. Dave graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Resource Management. He is 35 years old, and a lifelong member of Kent County. Born November 15, 1973, Dave is the youngest of six children born to Rose and Lee Hildenbrand. He has twelve nieces and nephews and lives with his wife, Sarah and daughter Jane in his hometown of Lowell, Michigan. Dave is a Parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Dave was the Chief of Staff for State Senator Bill Hardiman, Deputy Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus, and an Agriculture Policy Advisor for Governor John Engler. He began his career working as the District Representative in Kent County for then Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus.

Committee assignments


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


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


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.
  • 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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See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hildenbrand was not eligible for re-election to the House of Representatives due to Michigan's term limits.

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Hildenbrand won election to the 29th District Senate seat on November 2, 2010. He defeated Democratic candidate David LaGrand and Republican candidate Bill Gelineau with 41,042 votes.

In the August 3 Republican primary, Hildenbrand defeated Judith Kapteyn and Lori Wiersma with 18,002 votes. Kapteyn received 1,069 votes and Wiersma received 10,150 votes.


On November 04, 2008, David Hildenbrand ran for District 86 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Melissa Casalina and Patricia Steinport. [1]

David Hildenbrand raised $119,881 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 86
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Hildenbrand (R) 34,002
Melissa Casalina (D) 17,137
Patricia Steinport (L) 1,565

Campaign donors

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State


In 2010, Hildenbrand received $1,104,692 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Michigan State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dave Hildenbrand's campaign in 2010
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Michigan$585,068
Cmte To Elect Dave Hildenbrand$104,040
Michigan Chamber Of Commerce$10,000
Jansen Legacy Fund$10,000
Majority To010$10,000
Total Raised in 2010 $1,104,692


In 2008 David Hildenbrand collected $119,881 in donations. [4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Hildenbrand Leadership Fund $10,000
No IV Leadership Fund $5,000
Michigan Chamber of Commerce $5,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $4,950
Michigan Association of Realtors $3,100

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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

Dave Hildenbrand received a 58% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Hardiman
Michigan State Senate District 29
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives District 86
Succeeded by
Lisa Lyons