Jim Townsend

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Jim Townsend
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Michigan House of Representatives District 26
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Jim Townsend is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 26th District 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.



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

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Campaign donors


In 2010, Townsend raised $132,005 in contributions. [1]

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


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

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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.[2]

The recall never made it to the ballot.


Townsend and his wife Jennie have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marie Donigan
Michigan House of Representatives District 26
Succeeded by