|Michigan House of Representatives District 26|
|January 1. 2011-Present|
|January 1, 2013|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||University of North Carolina|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
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.
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)|
|Jim Townsend (D)||15,490|
|Ken Rosen (R)||13,347|
|James Young (L)||938|
More Voting Record Details
- List of all of Jim Townsend’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
In 2010, Townsend raised $132,005 in contributions. 
His five largest contributors were:
|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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Townsend has been appointed to these committees:
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
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.
The recall never made it to the ballot.
Townsend and his wife Jennie have two children.
- Official Biography
- Voting Record on MichiganVotes.org
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
|Michigan House of Representatives District 26
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