|Michigan House of Representatives District 26|
|January 1, 2011-Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||University of North Carolina|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
- 1 Issues
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Jim Townsend’s Campaign Contributions
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Recall effort
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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's website highlights the following campaign themes:
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."
- 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."
- Excerpt:"We must value Michigan's environmental treasures and stand up to those who would take our water or damage our land."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Townsend served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Michigan Competitiveness|
|• Tax Policy|
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.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim Townsend Incumbent||60.4%||26,094|
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).
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
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 served on 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
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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Jim Townsend received a 12% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
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.
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- Official campaign website
- Official Biography
- Voting Record on MichiganVotes.org
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- "votejimtownsend," Official Campaign Website
- Michigan Department of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," Accessed June 5, 2012
- 2010 contributions
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
- Daily Tribune, "Recall language OK’d against two lawmakers, rejected against two," September 28, 2011
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