John Walsh (Michigan)

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John Walsh
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 19
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, Michigan State House of Representatives
2011 - present
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1984
J.D.Wayne State University Law School, 1987
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Walsh is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008, and currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore.

Walsh previously served as Chair of the Livonia Planning Commission; a member and Vice President of the Livonia City Council; Chairman of the Livonia Economic Development Partnership; Chairman of the Board, Livonia Chamber of Commerce; and Vice Chair of the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees.

Biography

Walsh graduated from Michigan State University in 1984 and Wayne State University Law School in 1987. His professional experience includes practicing corporate law and working as an executive at Schoolcraft College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Walsh served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Walsh's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "A tax structure that benefits our hard-working citizens"
  • Excerpt: "A fair business tax that promotes investment in the State by all industries"
  • Excerpt: "Elimination of meaningless red tape that does nothing more than burden Michigan businesses"
  • Excerpt: "Increased access to high quality, lifelong education opportunities"
  • Excerpt: "Invest in energy alternatives"

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.

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Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Walsh won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 19. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Richard Tannous (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Walsh Incumbent 59.9% 29,151
     Democratic Richard Tannous 40.1% 19,480
Total Votes 48,631

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Walsh won re-election to the District 19 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Joseph Larkin (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 19 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Walsh (R) 31,671
Joseph Larkin (D) 23,141

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, John Walsh ran for District 19 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Steve King. [3]

Walsh raised $117,708 for his campaign.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Walsh (R) 29,752
Steve King (D) 19,829

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walsh is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Walsh raised a total of $252,621 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[5]

John Walsh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 19 Won $54,373
2010 Michigan State House, District 19 Won $80,540
2008 Michigan State House, District 19 Won $117,708
Grand Total Raised $252,621

2012

Walsh won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Walsh raised a total of $54,373.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Walsh's campaign in 2012
One Tough Nerd PAC$5,000
DTE Energy$5,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$4,500
Altria$2,500
Michigan Association Of Broadcasters$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$54,373
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Walsh won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Walsh raised a total of $80,540.

2008

Walsh won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Walsh raised a total of $117,708.

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.[6]

January 2011 - March 2012

John Walsh received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[6]

Personal

Walsh and his wife, Janice, have two children.

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Michigan House of Representatives District 19
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