Kenneth Kurtz

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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
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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.

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]

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.

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.[2]

Kenneth Kurtz raised $52,711 for his campaign.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Kenneth Kurtz received a 73% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Personal

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

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