David Rutledge

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David Rutledge
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 54
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Floor Leader, Michigan House of Representatives
May 2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sTennessee State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David Rutledge is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 54. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Rutledge was elected to the position of State House Minority Floor Leader in May 2013, after Rudy Hobbs (D) stepped down.[1]

Biography

Rutledge earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Tennessee State University. His professional experience includes working as the president of Alpha Environmental Services, Inc.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government, Vice-chair
Transportation and Infrastructure

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Rutledge's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Education

  • Excerpt: "Every child in Michigan deserves access to a world-class education so that our young people can compete in today's global economy. David is committed to supporting our state's public education system, ensuring that public schools have access to adequate resources and that statewide policies empower districts to do what is best for their students. Education quality should be a top priority for state government."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Although the economy is finally turning around, there are families, businesses, and communities throughout our state that are still struggling. David understands the important role that government can play in helping to create a job-friendly environment. However, David believes that economic policy must be focused on creating jobs, not giving corporations more rights than individual citizens."

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rutledge won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 54. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Bill Emmerich (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rutledge Incumbent 77.4% 29,949
     Republican Bill Emmerich 22.6% 8,722
Total Votes 38,671

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rutledge won election to the District 54 seat in 2010. He defeated Dave Franklin, Edison Hulbert, William Riney, Lonnie Scott and Michael White in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Richard Deitering (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 54 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Rutledge (D) 18,146
Richard Deitering (R) 9,709
David Palmer (I) 1,363
Clifford McKinney (U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan) 451

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rutledge is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Rutledge raised a total of $97,177 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[6]

David Rutludge's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 54 Won $35,920
2010 Michigan State House, District 54 Won $38,926
2004 Michigan State House, District 54 Defeated $13,500
1998 Michigan State House, District 54 Defeated $8,831
Grand Total Raised $97,177

2012

Rutledge won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Rutledge raised a total of $35,920.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Rutledge's campaign in 2012
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$5,000
Michigan Regional Council Of Carpenters$2,000
DTE Energy$2,000
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees$1,850
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$35,920
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Rutledge won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rutledge raised a total of $38,926.

2004

Rutledge lost the election for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Rutledge raised a total of $13,500.

1998

Rutledge lost the election for the Michigan House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Rutledge raised a total of $8,831.

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.[7]

January 2011 - March 2012

David Rutledge received a 14% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[7]

Personal

Rutledge and his wife, Geraldine, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alma Wheeler Smith (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 54
2011–present
Succeeded by
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