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|Name =John Moolenaar
 
|Name =John Moolenaar
 
|Profile picture =John Moolenaar.jpg
 
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|Position = Michigan State Senate District 36
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|Position = U.S. House, Michigan, District 4
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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure =[[Swearing-in dates of state legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 1, 2011]] - present
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|Tenure = January 3, 2015 - Present
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 1, 2015]]
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|Term ends = January 3, 2017
|Assumed office = 2011
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
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|Assumed office = 2015
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Predecessor = [[Dave Camp]] (R)
 
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|Base salary = $71,685/year
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|Base salary = $174,000/year
|Per diem = $10,800 yearly expense allowance
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|First elected =[[Michigan State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|First elected =November 4, 2014
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|2 terms (8 years)]]
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|Term limits =  
|Next election = [[Michigan State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Prior office =[[Michigan House of Representatives]]
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|Campaign $= 1,995,376
|Prior office years =2002 – 2008
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|Cost per vote 2014 = $9.10
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|Prior office =[[Michigan State Senate]]
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|Prior office years =2011-2015
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|Prior office 2 years =2002 – 2008
 
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|Birthday =May 8, 1961
 
|Birthday =May 8, 1961
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|Place of birth = Midland, Michigan
|Profession =  
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|Profession = Chemist
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|Religion = Nondenominational Christian
|Office website =http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Moolenaar.asp?District=36
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|Office website =http://moolenaar.house.gov/
|Campaign website =http://www.moolenaarforsenate.com/
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|Campaign website =http://www.johnmoolenaarforcongress.com/
 
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{{tnr}}'''John Moolenaar''' (b. May 8, 1961) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Michigan State Senate]], representing the 36th District since January 1, 2011. Prior to his time in the Senate, Moolenaar served three terms in the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing District 98 from 2002 to 2008. John has also served on the Midland City Council. Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Michigan Townships Association and the Michigan Farm Bureau.
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{{tnr}}'''John Moolenaar''' (b. May 8, 1961) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]], representing [[Michigan's 4th Congressional District]]. He was first elected on November 4, 2014. He defeated challengers [[Jeff Holmes]] (D), [[Will Tyler White]] (L) and [[George Zimmer]] (I) in the general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/ ''Politico'', "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014]</ref>
  
Before his election to the Legislature, John worked for Dow Chemical developing new product markets. He was later the director of the Small Business Center at Middle Michigan Development Corporation. John has also worked in the education sector, serving as school administrator for the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies, and teaching several classes at Saginaw Valley State University.
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He is a former [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Michigan State Senate]], representing [[Michigan State Senate District 36|District 36]] from 2011 to 2015.
  
John graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School and Hope College. He then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Administration  at Harvard University.
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Moolenaar served in the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing District 98 from 2002 to 2008. 
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==Biography==
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Moolenaar was born in Midland, Michigan, in 1961. He attended Herbert Henry Dow High School and went on to earn his B.S. from Hope College in 1983. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Moolenaar got accepted into Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in public administration.<ref name=bioguide>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M001194 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "MOOLENAAR, John, (1961 - )," accessed February 6, 2015]</ref>
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Moolenaar worked for Dow Chemical and later became the director of the Small Business Center for the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.<ref name=mirs>[http://www.mirsnews.com/leg_bio.php?lid=447 ''MIRS News'', "Biographical Profiles: John Moolenaar," accessed February 4, 2015]</ref>
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He first entered politics in 1997 as a member of the Midland City Council. He served on the city council until 2000, and later served as a member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]] from 2003-2008.<ref name=bioguide/> While serving in the Michigan House, he served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12.<ref name=mirs>[http://www.mirsnews.com/leg_bio.php?lid=447 ''MIRS News'', "Biographical Profiles: John Moolenaar," accessed February 4, 2015]</ref> In 2011, he was elected to the [[Michigan State Senate]] and served in office until 2015.<ref name=bioguide/> In 2004, the Michigan Townships Association recognized Moolenaar as their "Legislator of the Year" and the Michigan Farm Bureau presented him with the Silver Plow Award.<ref>[http://www.ourmidland.com/news/update-big-shake-up-in-local-politics-moolenaar-announces-run/article_3455e700-ba71-11e3-bc04-001a4bcf887a.html ''Midland Daily News'', "Update: Big shake-up in local politics: Moolenaar announces run for Congress," April 2, 2014]</ref>
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==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Moolenaar's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bioguide>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M001194 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "John Moolenaar," accessed January 21, 2015]</ref>
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*2015-Present: U.S. Representative from [[Michigan's 4th Congressional District]]
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*2011-2015: [[Michigan State Senate]], [[Michigan State Senate District 36|District 36]]
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*2003-2008: [[Michigan House of Representatives]], District 98
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*1997-2000: Midland, Michigan City Council Member
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*1989: Graduated from Harvard University with an M.P.A.
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*1983: Graduated from Hope College with a B.S.
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Moolenaar serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Agriculture Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Budget Committee]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology|Science, Space, and Technology Committee]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology#Environment|Subcommittee on Environment]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology#Research and Technology|Subcommittee on Research and Technology]], ''Vice Chairman''
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===2013-2014===
 
===2013-2014===
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Moolenaar served on these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
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|Chamber = State Senate
 
|Committee1 = Appropriation  
 
|Committee1 = Appropriation  
|Chair1 = Vice-chair
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|Chair1 = Vice chair
 
|Committee2 = Outdoor Recreation and Tourism  
 
|Committee2 = Outdoor Recreation and Tourism  
 
|Committee3 = Redistricting  
 
|Committee3 = Redistricting  
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|Committee5 =
 
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:S030_070.gif|right|290px|thumb|John Moolenaar's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2014.asp?quiz=Pres2016 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Moolenaar is a '''Moderate Conservative'''. Moolenaar received a score of 30 percent on social issues and 70 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Moolenaar|Date=April 19, 2015|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/MI/ ''On The Issues'', "John Moolenaar Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Unknown
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|Marriage= Unknown
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|God= Unknown
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|ObamaCare= Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Unknown
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|School Choice= Unknown
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|Animals= Unknown
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|Crime= Unknown
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|Guns= Unknown
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|Taxes= Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship= Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Opposes
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|United Nations= Favors
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|Military= Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Unknown
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|Iran= Strongly Opposes
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|Energy= Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana= Unknown
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|Stimulus= Strongly Opposes
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Moolenaar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.johnmoolenaarforcongress.com/where-i-stand ''John Moolenaar for Congress'', "Where I Stand," accessed February 4, 2015]</ref>
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*'''Immigration
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:Excerpt: "I strongly believe that immigration reform must begin with border security. Our southern border states continue to face unprecedented problems relating to porous borders that permit thousands of unknown individuals to cross into the United States without legal authority to do so."
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*'''Healthcare
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:Excerpt: "Four years after the passage of Obamacare, the American people continue to voice strong opposition to it. They have made it clear that they do not want the federal government involved in their health care in any way."
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*'''Jobs in Michigan
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:Excerpt: "The economic policies of the Obama Administration have failed to address the issues that are making it hard for families and employers in Michigan to get by. The President has abdicated his role on our nation's $17.5 trillion debt, has embraced an aloof attitude toward high gas and energy prices, and rejected any call for spending reduction."
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*'''Veterans
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:Excerpt: "In return for their service to our country, our government promised all veterans the benefits and support they need when returning home. Sadly, the current situation of Veterans Administration is proof that the federal government is failing our veterans in the most basic way."
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*'''National Defense
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:Excerpt: "I will work to make certain that our military has the most effective and technologically-advanced weapons systems and hardware available. I will listen to and follow the counsel of our military leaders when they tell Congress what weapons they need - and what they do not need."
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*'''Life and Adoption
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:Excerpt: "I believe we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable Right to Live. Life begins at conception. We must protect human life, the foundation of our civilization. I am a strong supporter of adoption as a way to provide loving and safe homes for children."
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*'''Energy
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:Excerpt: "Energy independence has been on our "to do" list for over forty years. Even though the Obama Administration has increased spending for energy research and development, we are no closer to achieving energy independence than we were in the 1970's."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Moolenaar {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2014|Michigan's]] [[Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014|4th District]]. Moolenaar won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against [[Paul Mitchell]] and [[Peter Konetchy]]. He defeated [[Jeff Holmes]] (D), [[Will Tyler White]] (Libertarian) and [[George Zimmer]] (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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====Polls====
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===2011===
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::''See also: [[John Moolenaar recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)]]
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On September 7, 2011, the Midland County Election Commission approved recall language submitted against Moolenaar. The submission was the third attempt by Hay Township supervisor Dennis J. Perry in his efforts to recall Moolenaar. The language of the first two petitions was rejected as unclear.
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The approved language cited Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allowed for taxation of public retiree pensions.<ref>[http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article_88cbe501-723a-5c81-8159-db5b773e7069.html ''Midland Daily News,'' "Recall petitions against Moolenaar, Schuette OK'd," September 8, 2011]</ref> It was unclear how many signatures needed to be collected, but Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/09/midland_county_election_commis_3.html ''MLive,'' "Midland County Election Commission OKs recall try against Sen. John Moolenaar," September 7, 2011]</ref>
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The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan State Senate elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan State Senate elections, 2010]]''
Moolenaar won election to the 36th District of the [[Michigan State Senate]] in 2010.  He defeated Democrat [[Andy Neumann]] in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/10GEN/10GENall.html Official Election Results from 2010 State Senate races]</ref>
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Moolenaar won election to the 36th District of the [[Michigan State Senate]] in 2010.  He defeated Democrat [[Andy Neumann]] in the November 2 general election.<ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/10GEN/10GENall.html ''Michigan Secretary of State'', "Election Results - General Election - November 02, 2010," March 2, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Moolenaar
 
|Name=Moolenaar
 
|Full name=John Moolenaar
 
|Full name=John Moolenaar
 
|year=2002
 
|year=2002
|Editdate= June 1, 2013
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|Editdate= April 15, 2015
|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=Moolenaar ''Follow the Money'', "Moolenaar, John." Retrieved June 1, 2013.]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=Moolenaar ''Follow the Money'', "Moolenaar, John," accessed April 15, 2015]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
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|totalraised2014=1156712
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|result2014=Won
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|office2014=U.S. House (Michigan, [[Michigan's 4th Congressional District{{!}}District 4]])
 
|totalraised2012=191116
 
|totalraised2012=191116
 
|result2012=N/A
 
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|office2002=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2002|Michigan State House, District 98]]
 
|office2002=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2002|Michigan State House, District 98]]
 
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===2014===
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Moolenaar won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2014. During that election cycle, Moolenaar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,156,712 and spent $1,128,662.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00036275&cycle=2014 ''Open Secrets'', "John Moolenaar 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015]</ref> This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/bigspenders.php?cycle=2014&display=A&Memb=H&sort=O ''Open Secrets'', "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Moolenaar spent $9.10 per general election vote received in 2014.
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{{Congress donor box 2014
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Michigan District 4
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = $1,156,712
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|total spent = $1,128,662
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|opponent raised = $133,563
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|opponent spent = $133,563
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|org1 = Dow Chemical
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|org2 = Meridian Health
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|org3 = Dow Chemical/Corning
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|org4 = Fabiano Brothers
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|org5 = Centra Inc
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|orgdonor1 = $62,600
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|orgdonor2 = $24,000
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|orgdonor3 = $16,250
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|orgdonor4 = $11,300
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|orgdonor5 = $10,400
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|ind1 = Leadership PACs
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|ind2 = Chemical & Related Manufacturing
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|ind3 = Health Professionals
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|ind4 = Retired
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|ind5 = Real Estate
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|inddonor1 = $99,600
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|inddonor2 = $79,850
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|inddonor3 = $59,774
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|inddonor4 = $51,850
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|inddonor5 = $46,100
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|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:John Moolenaar Donors 2014.JPG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Moolenaar's campaign funds before the 2014 election.]]}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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|org2 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
 
|org2 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
 
|org3 = Michigan Association Of Health Plans
 
|org3 = Michigan Association Of Health Plans
|org4 = Health Care Association Of Michigan
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|org4 = Healthcare Association Of Michigan
 
|org5 = Michigan Health & Hospital Association
 
|org5 = Michigan Health & Hospital Association
 
|orgamount1 = 9754
 
|orgamount1 = 9754
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|orgamount5 = 1500
 
|orgamount5 = 1500
 
|}}
 
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==Recent news==
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''John + Moolenaar + Michigan + Senate'''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
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==Scorecards==
 
==Scorecards==
 
===Tea Party Scorecard===
 
===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.<ref name="Tea3">[http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=736 ''Michigan Votes,'' "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012]</ref>
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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. A rating of 100 percent is considered ideal.<ref name="Tea3">[http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=736 ''Michigan Votes'', "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012]</ref>
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====January 2011 - March 2012====
 
====January 2011 - March 2012====
'''John Moolenaar''' received a '''69%''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
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'''John Moolenaar''' received a '''69 percent''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
  
==Recall efforts==
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==Personal==
::''See also: [[John Moolenaar recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)]]
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John and his wife, Amy, have six children.
On September 7, 2011 the Midland County Election Commission approved recall language submitted against Moolenaar. The submission was the third attempt by Hay Township supervisor Dennis J. Perry in his efforts to recall Moolenaar. The language of the first two petitions was rejected as unclear.  
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The approved language cited Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allows for taxation of public retiree pensions.<ref>[http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article_88cbe501-723a-5c81-8159-db5b773e7069.html ''Midland Daily News,'' "Recall petitions against Moolenaar, Schuette OK'd," September 8, 2011]</ref> It is unclear how many signatures needed to be collected - Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.<ref>[http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/09/midland_county_election_commis_3.html ''MLive,'' "Midland County Election Commission OKs recall try against Sen. John Moolenaar," September 7, 2011]</ref>
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''John + Moolenaar + Michigan + Senate'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=John+Moolenaar+Michigan+Senate&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=John Moolenaar News Feed}}
  
The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.
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==See also==
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*[[Michigan State Legislature]]
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*[[Michigan State Senate]]
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*[[Michigan State Senate#Standing Senate Committees|Senate Committees]]
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*[[Michigan state legislative districts]]
  
==Personal==
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
John and his wife Amy have six children.
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*[[Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[Michigan's 4th Congressional District]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.moolenaarforsenate.com/ Campaign site]
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*[http://www.misenategop.com/senators/Moolenaar.asp?District=36 Office website]
*[http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Moolenaar.asp?District=36 Senate website]
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*[http://www.johnmoolenaarforcongress.com/ Official campaign website]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=37676 Project Vote Smart biography]
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*[http://openstates.org/mi/legislators/MIL000036/john-moolenaar/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=37676 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=37676 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=37676 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134990 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126129 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=90381 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68620 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=2902 2002]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134990 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126129 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=90381 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68620 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=2902 2002]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/MoolenaarForSenate Facebook profile]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/MoolenaarForSenate Facebook profile]
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*[http://vote-mi.org/Intro.aspx?State=MI&Id=MIMoolenaarJohn Profile from Vote-USA]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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John Moolenaar
John Moolenaar.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDave Camp (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$9.10 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,995,376
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
2011-2015
Michigan House of Representatives
2002 – 2008
Education
Bachelor'sHope College
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
Date of birthMay 8, 1961
Place of birthMidland, Michigan
ProfessionChemist
ReligionNondenominational Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Moolenaar (b. May 8, 1961) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 4th Congressional District. He was first elected on November 4, 2014. He defeated challengers Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (L) and George Zimmer (I) in the general election.[1]

He is a former Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 36 from 2011 to 2015.

Moolenaar served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 2002 to 2008.

Biography

Moolenaar was born in Midland, Michigan, in 1961. He attended Herbert Henry Dow High School and went on to earn his B.S. from Hope College in 1983. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Moolenaar got accepted into Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in public administration.[2]

Moolenaar worked for Dow Chemical and later became the director of the Small Business Center for the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.[3]

He first entered politics in 1997 as a member of the Midland City Council. He served on the city council until 2000, and later served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003-2008.[2] While serving in the Michigan House, he served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12.[3] In 2011, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate and served in office until 2015.[2] In 2004, the Michigan Townships Association recognized Moolenaar as their "Legislator of the Year" and the Michigan Farm Bureau presented him with the Silver Plow Award.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Moolenaar's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Moolenaar serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Redistricting
Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

John Moolenaar's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Moolenaar is a Moderate Conservative. Moolenaar received a score of 30 percent on social issues and 70 percent on economic issues.[6]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[7]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[6] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes

2014

Moolenaar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I strongly believe that immigration reform must begin with border security. Our southern border states continue to face unprecedented problems relating to porous borders that permit thousands of unknown individuals to cross into the United States without legal authority to do so."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Four years after the passage of Obamacare, the American people continue to voice strong opposition to it. They have made it clear that they do not want the federal government involved in their health care in any way."
  • Jobs in Michigan
Excerpt: "The economic policies of the Obama Administration have failed to address the issues that are making it hard for families and employers in Michigan to get by. The President has abdicated his role on our nation's $17.5 trillion debt, has embraced an aloof attitude toward high gas and energy prices, and rejected any call for spending reduction."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "In return for their service to our country, our government promised all veterans the benefits and support they need when returning home. Sadly, the current situation of Veterans Administration is proof that the federal government is failing our veterans in the most basic way."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "I will work to make certain that our military has the most effective and technologically-advanced weapons systems and hardware available. I will listen to and follow the counsel of our military leaders when they tell Congress what weapons they need - and what they do not need."
  • Life and Adoption
Excerpt: "I believe we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable Right to Live. Life begins at conception. We must protect human life, the foundation of our civilization. I am a strong supporter of adoption as a way to provide loving and safe homes for children."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy independence has been on our "to do" list for over forty years. Even though the Obama Administration has increased spending for energy research and development, we are no closer to achieving energy independence than we were in the 1970's."

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Moolenaar ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 4th District. Moolenaar won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy. He defeated Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (Libertarian) and George Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 56.5% 123,962
     Democratic Jeff Holmes 39.1% 85,777
     Libertarian Will Tyler White 2.1% 4,694
     U.S. Tax Payers Party Georgia M. Zimmer 2.3% 4,990
Total Votes 219,423
Source: Michigan Secretary of State
U.S. House, Michigan District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Peter Konetchy 11.3% 7,408
Paul Mitchell 36.3% 23,844
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 52.4% 34,399
Total Votes 65,651
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Polls

Michigan's 4th District Republican Primary
Poll Paul Mitchell John MoolenaarPeter KonetchyMargin of ErrorSample Size
Pratical EPIC-MRA (July 12-13, 2014)
50%23%7%+/-3.5800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2011

See also: John Moolenaar recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)

On September 7, 2011, the Midland County Election Commission approved recall language submitted against Moolenaar. The submission was the third attempt by Hay Township supervisor Dennis J. Perry in his efforts to recall Moolenaar. The language of the first two petitions was rejected as unclear.

The approved language cited Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allowed for taxation of public retiree pensions.[9] It was unclear how many signatures needed to be collected, but Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.[10]

The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Moolenaar won election to the 36th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Andy Neumann in the November 2 general election.[11]

Michigan State Senate, District 36 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Moolenaar (R) 56,634
Andy Neumann (D) 32,154

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Moolenaar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Moolenaar raised a total of $1,995,376 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[12]

John Moolenaar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Michigan, District 4) Won $1,156,712
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $191,116
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 36 Won $324,519
2006 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $119,998
2004 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $105,169
2002 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $97,862
Grand Total Raised $1,995,376

2014

Moolenaar won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Moolenaar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,156,712 and spent $1,128,662.[13] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[14]

Cost per vote

Moolenaar spent $9.10 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 4, 2014 - John Moolenaar Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,156,712
Total Spent $1,128,662
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $133,563
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $133,563
Top contributors to John Moolenaar's campaign committee
Dow Chemical$62,600
Meridian Health$24,000
Dow Chemical/Corning$16,250
Fabiano Brothers$11,300
Centra Inc$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$99,600
Chemical & Related Manufacturing$79,850
Health Professionals$59,774
Retired$51,850
Real Estate$46,100

2012

Moolenaar was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $191,116.

2010

Moolenaar won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $324,519.

2006

Moolenaar won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $119,998.

2004

Moolenaar won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $105,169.

2002

Moolenaar won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $97,862.

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. A rating of 100 percent is considered ideal.[15]

January 2011 - March 2012

John Moolenaar received a 69 percent rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[15]

Personal

John and his wife, Amy, have six children.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "MOOLENAAR, John, (1961 - )," accessed February 6, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 MIRS News, "Biographical Profiles: John Moolenaar," accessed February 4, 2015
  4. Midland Daily News, "Update: Big shake-up in local politics: Moolenaar announces run for Congress," April 2, 2014
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 On The Issues, "John Moolenaar Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  7. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  8. John Moolenaar for Congress, "Where I Stand," accessed February 4, 2015
  9. Midland Daily News, "Recall petitions against Moolenaar, Schuette OK'd," September 8, 2011
  10. MLive, "Midland County Election Commission OKs recall try against Sen. John Moolenaar," September 7, 2011
  11. Michigan Secretary of State, "Election Results - General Election - November 02, 2010," March 2, 2011
  12. Follow the Money, "Moolenaar, John," accessed April 15, 2015
  13. Open Secrets, "John Moolenaar 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015
  14. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015
  15. 15.0 15.1 Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Camp (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 4
2015–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 36
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Jim Stamas (R)
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 98
2002–2008
Succeeded by
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