Ken Yonker

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Ken Yonker
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 72
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ken Yonker is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 72. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Yonker graduated from Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Institute of Agricultural Technology. His professional experience includes working for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Education
Elections and Ethics
Health Policy
Michigan Competitiveness, Vice-chair
Regulatory Reform

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Supporting A Stronger Economic Strategy

  • Excerpt: "Voted for a gimmick-free state budget that boldly eliminated $1.7 billion in government spending while paying off long-term debt."

Leading Government Reform Efforts

  • Excerpt: "Sponsored teacher tenure reforms that ensure the best teachers are finding their way into our children’s classrooms."

Fighting For Our Values & Our Future

  • Excerpt: "Voted to stop domestic partner benefits for state workers."

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Yonker won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 72. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Scott Urbanowski (D) and William R. Wenzel (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Yonker Incumbent 58.5% 24,653
     Democratic Scott Urbanowski 37.9% 15,982
     Libertarian William Wenzel 3.5% 1,481
Total Votes 42,116

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Yonker won election to the District 72 seat in 2010. He defeated Frederick Fleischmann and Eric Larson in the August 3 Republican primary. He defeated Brian Bosak (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3][4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 72 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Yonker (R) 24,801
Brian Bosak (D) 9,219
William Wenzel (L) 908

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Yonker is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Yonker raised a total of $156,142 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[5]

Ken Yonker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 72 Won $74,545
2010 Michigan State House, District 72 Won $29,968
2008 Michigan State House, District 72 Defeated $51,629
Grand Total Raised $156,142

2012

Yonker won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Yonker raised a total of $74,545.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Yonker's campaign in 2012
Yonker, Ken$25,000
Bolger Restore Michigan Fund$4,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$3,250
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$2,350
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$1,900
Total Raised in 2012$74,545
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Yonker won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Yonker raised a total of $29,968.

2008

Yonker lost the election for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Yonker raised a total of $51,629.

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

Ken Yonker received a 69% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[6]

Personal

Yonker and his wife, Amy, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Justin Amash (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 72
2011–present
Succeeded by
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