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  |Name = Kenneth Kurtz
 
  |Name = Kenneth Kurtz
 
  |Profile picture = Legislators.Kenneth_Kurtz.jpg
 
  |Profile picture = Legislators.Kenneth_Kurtz.jpg
  |Position = Michigan House of Representatives District 58
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  |Position = Michigan House of Representatives, District 58
  |Status = Incumbent
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  |Status = Incumbent | votespotter=yes
  |Tenure = 2009-Present
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  |Tenure = 2009- present
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 1, 2015]]
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 1, 2015]]
 
  |Assumed office = 2009
 
  |Assumed office = 2009
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  |First elected = 2008
 
  |First elected = 2008
 
  |Term limits = 3 terms
 
  |Term limits = 3 terms
  |Next election = November 4, 2014
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  |Religion =  
 
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  |Office website = http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=058
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  |Office website = http://repkurtz.gophouse.org/
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kenneth Kurtz''' is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing District 58 since January 1, 2009.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kenneth Kurtz''' is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], representing District 58.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Kurtz did not seek re-election in 2014.
  
Rep. Kurtz graduated from Worsham School of Mortuary Science in Chicago, with a mortuary science degree. He also attended Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Ken and his wife, Diane, have been married for 34 years and have two adult children. Ken enjoys hunting, fishing and singing gospel music.
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==Biography==
 
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Kurtz earned his degree from the Worsham School of Mortuary Science. He also attended Emmanuel Bible College and Bethel College.
==Voting record==
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===Key votes of 2009-2010===
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*<b>Click below to see how this representative voted.</b>
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* [http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12990 Super Speedway], Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12976 Driver Responsibility Fees], Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12780 Crony Capitalism], Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12537 Right to Work], Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12487 Dept. of State Cost-Saving], Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12632 Golf Carts], Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12005 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12017 Fire Safe Cigarettes], Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11464 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11464 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11469 A Good Tax Gone Bad?], Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11219 It’s From the Children], Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10864 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10871 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism], Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism 2], Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism 3], Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10574 Secret Ballot], Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10576 Property Taxes Assaulted Again], Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10493 Sneak Attack], Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10494 Grapes of Wrath], Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10496 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10496 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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===More voting record details===
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*List of all of Kenneth Kurtz’s [http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?Keywords=&Results=10&StartDate=1%2F1%2F2005&EndDate=12%2F31%2F2010&EntityID=16767&op=Remove+Filter roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments] from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s [http://www.michiganvotes.org/Search.aspx “advanced search”] to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
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*List of Kenneth Kurtz’s [http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=16767&Missed=True&StartMonth=1&StartYear=2009&EndMonth=12&EndYear=2010 1 missed roll-call votes]
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kurtz served on these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kurtz served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
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===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kurtz served on these committees:
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kurtz served on the following committees:
  
 
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==Issues==
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===Voting record===
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====Key votes of 2009-2010====
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*<b>Click below to see how this representative voted.</b>
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* [http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12990 Super Speedway], Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12976 Driver Responsibility Fees], Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12780 Crony Capitalism], Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12537 Right to Work], Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12487 Dept. of State Cost-Saving], Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12632 Golf Carts], Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12005 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12017 Fire Safe Cigarettes], Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11464 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11464 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11469 A Good Tax Gone Bad?], Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/11219 It’s From the Children], Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10864 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10871 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism], Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism 2], Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10703 Politically Correct Capitalism 3], Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10574 Secret Ballot], Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10576 Property Taxes Assaulted Again], Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10493 Sneak Attack], Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10494 Grapes of Wrath], Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10496 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.
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*[http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/10496 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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===More voting record details===
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*List of all of Kenneth Kurtz’s [http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?Keywords=&Results=10&StartDate=1%2F1%2F2005&EndDate=12%2F31%2F2013&EntityID=16767&op=Remove+Filter roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments] from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s [http://www.michiganvotes.org/Search.aspx “advanced search”] to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
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*List of Kenneth Kurtz’s [http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=16767&Missed=True&StartMonth=1&StartYear=2009&EndMonth=12&EndYear=2013 missed roll-call votes]
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
  
Kurtz won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|Michigan House of Representatives]] District 58. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated [[Amaryllis Thomas]] (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MI_State_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012]</ref>
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Kurtz won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|Michigan House of Representatives]] District 58. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated [[Amaryllis Thomas]] (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/12PRI/12PRIall.html ''Michigan Department of State,'' "Election Results - Primary Election - August 07, 2012," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/12GEN/12GENall.html ''Michigan Department of State'', "Election Results - General Election - November 06, 2012," accessed November 29, 2014]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2012
 
{{Election box 2012
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
Kurtz won re-election to the District 58 Seat in 2010.  He had no primary opposition.  He defeated [[Roy Grigsby]] (D) in the general election on [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].
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Kurtz won re-election to the District 58 seat in 2010.  He had no primary opposition.  He defeated [[Roy Grigsby]] (D) in the general election on [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/10PRI/08.HTM ''Michigan Secretary of State'', "State Representative," accessed March 23, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/10GEN/08.HTM ''Michigan Secretary of State'', "State Representative," accessed March 23, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
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:: ''See also: [[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008]]''
  
On November 04, 2008, Kenneth Kurtz ran for District 58 of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], beating Jean Kennedy-Windsor. <ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/08GEN/08058000.html ''Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008'']</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Kenneth Kurtz ran for District 58 of the [[Michigan House of Representatives]], beating Jean Kennedy-Windsor.<ref>[http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/08GEN/08058000.html ''Michigan Secretary of State'', "Election Results - General Election - November 04, 2008," accessed May 30, 2014]</ref>
  
Kenneth Kurtz raised $52,711 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738 ''Follow the Money's report on Kurtz's 2008 campaign contributions'']</ref>
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Kenneth Kurtz raised $52,711 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738 ''Follow the Money'', "Kurtz, Kenneth," accessed May 30, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=36660
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012|Michigan State House, District 58]]
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|totalraised2010=22214
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010|Michigan State House, District 58]]
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|totalraised2008=52711
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|result2008=Won
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===2012===
 
===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
===2010===
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|name = Kurtz
In 2010, Kurtz received $22,214 in campaign donations.  The largest contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=MI&y=2010&f=H&so=O&p=1#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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|full Name = Kenneth Kurtz
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=139378
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|office= Michigan House of Representatives
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 36660
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|org1 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
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|org2 = Michigan Funeral Directors Association
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|org3 = Michigan Farm Bureau
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|org4 = DTE Energy
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|org5 = Michigan Health & Hospital Association
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|orgamount1 = 4000
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|orgamount2 = 3300
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|orgamount3 = 2650
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|orgamount4 = 1600
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|orgamount5 = 1300
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|}}
  
{{slp donor box 2010
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===2010===
|Chamber = Michigan House of Representatives
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name= Kurtz
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|office = Michigan House of Representatives
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $22,214
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=125906
|org1 = Kurtz, Kenneth L
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|total raised = 22214
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|new = no
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|org1 = Kurtz, Kenneth L.
 
|org2 = Michigan Funeral Directors Association
 
|org2 = Michigan Funeral Directors Association
 
|org3 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
 
|org3 = Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan
 
|org4 = Michigan Automobile Dealers Association
 
|org4 = Michigan Automobile Dealers Association
 
|org5 = Michigan Farm Bureau
 
|org5 = Michigan Farm Bureau
|orgdonor1 = $10,049
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|orgamount1 = 10049
|orgdonor2 = $2,200
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|orgamount2 = 2200
|orgdonor3 = $1,200
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|orgamount3 = 1200
|orgdonor4 = $1,000
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|orgamount4 = 1000
|orgdonor5 = $600
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|orgamount5 = 600
 
|}}
 
|}}
  
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Kurtz
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|full Name = Kenneth Kurtz
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738
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|office= Michigan House of Representatives
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 52711
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|org1 = Kenneth Kurtz
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|org2 = Michigan Funeral Directors Association
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|org3 = Michigan Township Association
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|org4 = Michigan Chamber of Commerce
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|org5 = Michigan Association of Realtors
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|orgamount1 = 21311
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|orgamount2 = 4850
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|orgamount3 = 1500
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|orgamount4 = 1100
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|orgamount5 = 1000
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|}}
  
In 2008 Kenneth Kurtz collected $52,711 in donations. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738 2008 contributors to Kenneth Kurtz]</ref>
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==Scorecards==
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===Tea Party Scorecard===
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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. 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>
  
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
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====January 2011 - March 2012====
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'''Kenneth Kurtz''' received a '''73%''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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==Personal==
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Kurtz and his wife, Diane, have two adult children.
| Kenneth Kurtz
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| align="right" | $21,311
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| Michigan Funeral Directors Association
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| align="right" | $4,850
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| Michigan Township Association
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| align="right" | $1,500
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| Michigan Chamber of Commerce
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| align="right" | $1,100
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|-
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| Michigan Association of Realtors
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| align="right" | $1,000
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|}
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==Campaign contributions==
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[http://miboecfr.nicusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/contrib_anls_res.cgi?can_last_name=Kurtz%20&sched=*&sort_1=common_name&sort_2=amount&sched Contributions Report] from Michigan Secretary of State
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===Contact===
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Rep. Kenneth Kurtz<br>
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N-992 House Office Building<br>
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P.O. Box 30014<br>
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Lansing, MI  48933<br>
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(517) 373-1794<br>
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Kenneth Kurtz@house.mi.gov<br>
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==Scorecards==
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===Tea Party Scorecard===
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==See also==
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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*[[Michigan State Legislature]]
====January 2011 - March 2012====
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*[[Michigan House of Representatives]]
'''Kenneth Kurtz''' received a '''73%''' rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.<ref name="Tea3"/>
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*[[Michigan House of Representatives#Standing committees|House Committees]]
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*[[Michigan state legislative districts]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
*[http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=058 Michigan Legislature - Representative Kenneth Kurtz]  
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*[http://repkurtz.gophouse.org/ Office website]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=105533 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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*[http://openstates.org/mi/legislators/MIL000096/kenneth-kurtz/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=105533 Project Vote Smart biography]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=105533 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=105533 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislator.aspx?ID=16767 Michigan Votes - Kenneth Kurtz]
 
* [http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislator.aspx?ID=16767 Michigan Votes - Kenneth Kurtz]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738 2008]
 
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=106738 2008]
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-Kurtz/136234445288 Kenneth Kurtz on Facebook]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-Kurtz/136234445288 Campaign Facebook page]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Michigan]]
 
[[Category:Michigan]]
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Kenneth Kurtz
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 58
Incumbent
In office
2009- present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sWorsham School of Mortuary Science
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth Kurtz is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Kurtz did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Kurtz earned his degree from the Worsham School of Mortuary Science. He also attended Emmanuel Bible College and Bethel College.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Agriculture
Families, Children, and Seniors, Chair
Military and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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

Kurtz won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 58. He was unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Amaryllis Thomas (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Kurtz Incumbent 69.8% 24,438
     Democratic Amaryllis Thomas 30.2% 10,565
Total Votes 35,003

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kurtz won re-election to the District 58 seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Roy Grigsby (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3][4]

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kenneth Kurtz ran for District 58 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Jean Kennedy-Windsor.[5]

Kenneth Kurtz raised $52,711 for his campaign.[6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Kurtz (R) 24,487
Jean Kennedy-Windsor (D) 12,151

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kurtz is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kurtz raised a total of $111,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[7]

Kenneth Kurtz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $36,660
2010 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $22,214
2008 Michigan State House, District 58 Won $52,711
Grand Total Raised $111,585

2012

Kurtz won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $36,660.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth Kurtz's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$4,000
Michigan Funeral Directors Association$3,300
Michigan Farm Bureau$2,650
DTE Energy$1,600
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$1,300
Total Raised in 2012$36,660
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kurtz won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $22,214.

2008

Kurtz won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kurtz raised a total of $52,711.

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.[8]

January 2011 - March 2012

Kenneth Kurtz received a 73% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[8]

Personal

Kurtz and his wife, Diane, have two adult children.

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