Harvey Santana

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Harvey Santana
Michigan House of Representatives District 9
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sEastern Michigan University
Master'sEastern Michigan University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Harvey Santana is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the District 9 since January 1, 2013. Santana represented District 10 from 2011 to 2013.

Santana is a U.S. Navy veteran, and has served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and relief efforts in Bosnia, Somalia and Haiti. He has also worked as a transportation planner for an engineering firm.

Santana attended Henry Ford Community College. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and later with a Master's degree in Public Administration in 2005.


Campaign themes

A questionnaire distributed by the League of Women Voters asked the candidates to provide information about their legislative priorities and proposed actions regarding those priorities. Santana gave the following response:[1]

  • Decrease the corrections budget while increasing the public education budget
  • Expanding the current HYTA law up to age 26 and expand public work programs to provide an alternative to expensive incarceration.

"I have introduced bill 5214 to this effect."

  • Amend the Michigan Constitution allowing for a graduated State income tax along the lines of the one Ohio has

"I will introduce a bill to this effect."

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Michigan Competitiveness
Military and Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair


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


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



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Santana won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 9. He defeated Hussein Berry and William Scott Phillips in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Rene Simpson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHarvey Santana Incumbent 95.3% 32,063
     Republican Rene Simpson 4.7% 1,567
Total Votes 33,630

Michigan House of Representatives, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHarvey Santana Incumbent 65.7% 4,875
Hussein Berry 17.2% 1,275
William Scott Phillips 17.1% 1,267
Total Votes 7,417


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Santana won election to the District 10 Seat in 2010. He defeated Mia Griller, Khalid Irvin, Quentin Mallory, Stacy Pugh, David Stephen, Angela Stotts-McClary, Sean Thomas and Angy Webb in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Jasmine Ford (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 10 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Harvey Santana (D) 14,017
Jasmine Ford (R) 896

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Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Santana raised $41,724 in contributions. [3]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Santana, Harvey Santana $5,190
Santana, Sylvia $5,000
Declare Michigan Pac $2,000
MDP Hispanic Latino Caucus Pac $1,500
Michigan Auto Workers $1,500


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

Harvey Santana received a 12% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[4]


Santana and his wife Sylvia have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shanelle Jackson (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 9
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gabriel Leland (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 10
Succeeded by
Phil Cavanagh (D)