Douglas Bennett

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Douglas Bennett
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Michigan House of Representatives District 92
Former member
Term in office began
2005
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Douglas Bennett was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 92 from January 1, 2005 to January 1, 2011.

Rep. Bennett was born and raised in Muskegon. He graduated from Ravenna High School in 1962 and attended Muskegon Community College. He served as an apprentice in the United Association Muskegon, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 154, graduating as a Journeyman Steamfitter in 1971. He worked for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union until 2003.

Bennett lives in Muskegon with his wife Helene, to whom he has been married since 1970. He has three adult children and several grandchildren.

Previous offices held

Bennett served as Muskegon County Commissioner 1999-2004.

Political campaign history

In 2004, he was elected to the Michigan State House to replace Julie Dennis, who retired due to term limits. He represents the 92nd District, which is overwhelmingly Democratic. He was re-elected in 2006 with little opposition. As of 2007, he serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

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.
  • 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.


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Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2010

Bennett was not eligible for re-election under Michigan's term limits.

2008

On November 04, 2008, Douglas Bennett ran for District 92 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating James McCormick. [1]

Douglas Bennett raised $32,350 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 92
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Bennett (D) 26,384
James McCormick (R) 9,615

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Douglas Bennett collected $32,350 in donations. [3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Dillon Leadership Fund $5,000
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America $5,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 85 $5,000
Muskegon Democratic Party $2,500
Michigan St. Bldg Trades $1,150

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Douglas Bennett
N1196 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-2646
dougbennett@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 92
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Marcia Hovey-Wright