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Jim Barcia

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Jim Barcia
Michigan Senate District 31
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Jim Barcia was a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate from 2003 to 2011, and from 1982 to 1992. Barcia served as the Democrat Associate President Pro Tempore along with Republican Assistant President Pro Tempore Alan Sanborn. Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Barcia did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [1]

Barcia also was a member of the United States House of Representatives serving as the Representative from Michigan's 5th Congressional District from 1982 to 1992. Before serving in Congress, Barcia was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1976 to 1982 and served as the Majority Whip from 1979 to 1982 when Democrats had control at that time.

Barcia had extensive political experience before becoming an elected official. Barcia was a Staff Assistant for former United States Senator Phillip Hart from 1971 to 1972 and was a legislative aide for the House Agriculture Committee from 1975 to 1976. Barcia had five years of private sector experience working as a Quality Control Inspector for General Motors from 1970 to 1974 and as a Community Service Coordinator for Michigan Community Blood Center from 1974 to 1975.

Barica graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State in 1974.

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.
  • 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.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

Committee assignments

Barcia served on these committees:

District 31

Jansen represented Michigan Senate District 31. District 31 includes the Bay City and outlying Saginaw region[3].



Barcia was not eligible for re-election due to Michigan's term limits.


On November 07, 2006, Barcia ran for District 31 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Zachary Nuncio and Reinhold Ploep. [4]

Barcia raised $101,054 for his campaign.[5]

Michigan State Senate, District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Barcia (D) 78,923
Zachary Nuncio(R) 23,569
Reinhold Ploep 1,441

Campaign donors


In 2006 Jim Barcia collected $101,054 in donations. [6]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $9,787
Michigan Education Association $5,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $5,000
Michigan Association of Realtors $4,700


Jim is married to Victoria Barcia. They have two step-children and reside in Bay City, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 31
2003–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Mike Green