Douglas Geiss

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Douglas Geiss
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Michigan House of Representatives District 22
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Taylor City Council
2001-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1992
Master'sUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2000
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Douglas Geiss is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District since January 1, 2009.

Rep. Geiss earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After receiving his engineering degree, Geiss went to work for the Ford Motor Company. He lives in Taylor with his wife, Erika, and their son, Michael.

Issues

Campaign Themes

Geiss' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Our Environment

  • Excerpt:"The citizens of Romulus and Taylor have coexisted with the Detroit Metropolitan/Wayne County Airport for decades. We understand that the airport provides thousands of jobs for citizens of both communities. We simply ask that we be treated fairly, and that all measures are taken to minimize the impact to residents."

Our Economy

  • Excerpt:"In the last eight years, state shared revenue has significantly decreased for both Romulus and Taylor. As a State Representative, Doug Geiss will fight any further cutbacks."

Our Safety

  • Excerpt:"A new interchange is needed with significant upgrades to the Inkster/Ecorse intersection. Doug Geiss will fight for this sorely needed improvement. "

Jobs

  • Excerpt:"Doug Geiss supports the continued funding of this important program to diversify Michigan’s economy."

Education

  • Excerpt:"High school education is no longer sufficient to succeed in today’s global economy. Doug Geiss will work to protect this program from cuts, and look for new ways to provide financial help for those seeking higher education."

Previous offices held

Prior to joining the Michigan House, Geiss served on the Taylor City Council from 2001 to 2008, most recently as Council Chairman.

Political campaign history

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Geiss ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7.[2]

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Geiss won re-election to the District 22 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Darrell McNeill in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 22 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Geiss (D) 14,296
Darrell McNeill (R) 6,748

2008

On November 04, 2008, Douglas Geiss ran for District 22 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Darrell McNeill, Charley Johnson, and Dennis Schlemmer. [3]

Douglas Geiss raised $58,235 for his campaign.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Geiss (D) 25,676
Darrell McNeill (R) 6,780
Charley Johnson (NPA) 3,180
Dennis Schlemmer (L) 739

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Geiss received $23,717 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Douglas Geiss's campaign in 2010
AFSCME$4,000
DTE Energy$4,000
Michigan Auto Workers$3,500
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$2,450
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$2,230
Total Raised in 2010 $23,717

2008

In 2008 Douglas Geiss collected $58,235 in donations. [6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Douglas Geiss $24,188
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $5,000
Operation Engineers Local 324 $1,500
MRCC PAC $1,150
Michigan Education Association $1,025

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Douglas Geiss
S0786 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0852
DouglasGeiss@house.mi.gov

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

Douglas Geiss received a 13% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[7]

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