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  |First elected = [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
 
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  |Term limits = 3 terms
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jim Townsend''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing the [http://026.housedems.com/district-map 26th District] since January 1, 2011.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jim Townsend''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing [http://026.housedems.com/district-map District 26] since January 1, 2011.
  
 
In 2002, Townsend founded his own consulting business, specializing in helping companies and organizations grow and create jobs. Townsend served as the executive director of the Tourism Economic Development Council. Jim has also led national marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company’s $4 billion minivan business.
 
In 2002, Townsend founded his own consulting business, specializing in helping companies and organizations grow and create jobs. Townsend served as the executive director of the Tourism Economic Development Council. Jim has also led national marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company’s $4 billion minivan business.
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Townsend has been appointed to these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Townsend served on these committees:
 
* [[Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee, Michigan House of Representatives|Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs]]
 
* [[Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee, Michigan House of Representatives|Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs]]
 
* [[Tax Policy Committee, Michigan House of Representatives|Tax Policy]]
 
* [[Tax Policy Committee, Michigan House of Representatives|Tax Policy]]
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Revision as of 19:23, 2 January 2013

Jim Townsend
Townsend Jim.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Townsend is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 26 since January 1, 2011.

In 2002, Townsend founded his own consulting business, specializing in helping companies and organizations grow and create jobs. Townsend served as the executive director of the Tourism Economic Development Council. Jim has also led national marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company’s $4 billion minivan business.

Townsend graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor's degree, and from the University of Michigan with his MBA.

Issues

Campaign Themes

Townsend's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Standing Up for the Middle Class

  • Excerpt:"It is time that we stop blaming working people for our economic challenges and start investing in their capacity to compete."

We Have the Power to Change Michigan

  • Excerpt:"As your state representative I will fight tirelessly for the interests of Madison Heights and Royal Oak but I will also reach out to my colleagues in the region who are interested in building on the assets we share as metro Detroiters to create an economy our kids will be glad to inherit."

Health Care

  • Excerpt:"Our job in Michigan is to become a model of progressive innovation in health care that expands access to affordable insurance and lowers the cost of health care for all."

Issues Affecting Women

  • Excerpt:"While much progress has been made in recent decades toward eliminating discrimination against women and opening up a wide array of new opportunities, it is vitally important that we remain vigilant against efforts to turn back the clock on women's rights and freedoms, work to overcome barriers that still stand in the way of full gender equality and take action on problems that disproportionately affect women."

Environment

  • Excerpt:"We must value Michigan's environmental treasures and stand up to those who would take our water or damage our land."

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Townsend won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 26. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Mark Bliss (R) and James K. Young (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Townsend Incumbent 60.4% 26,094
     Republican Mark Bliss 35.9% 15,502
     Libertarian James Young 3.8% 1,636
Total Votes 43,232

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Townsend won election to the District 26 Seat in 2010. He defeated Frank Houston, Bob Klotz and Kevin McLogan in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Ken Rosen (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 26 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Townsend (D) 15,490
Ken Rosen (R) 13,347
James Young (L) 938

More voting record details

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Townsend raised $132,005 in contributions. [3]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AFSCME $5,000
Levin For Congress $5,000
Hammel Leadership Fund $5,000
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers Of America $5,000

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

  • Tax Policy
  • Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs

Jim Townsend’s Campaign Contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

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.[4]

January 2011 - March 2012

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

Recall effort

See also: Jim Townsend recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

On September 26, 2011, The Oakland County Election Commission approved recall language against Jim Townsend. In order for a recall election to be scheduled, organizers would have had to collect valid signatures of 25 percent of the people who voted for governor in the district in the last election.[5]

The recall never made it to the ballot.

Personal

Townsend and his wife Jennie have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 26
2011–present
Succeeded by
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