Kevin Green

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Kevin Green
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Michigan House of Representatives District 77
Former member
Term in office began
2005
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Republican
Profession Real Estate/Community Relations Manager, Viacom Outdoor
Kevin Green was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 77 from 2005 to 2011.

The district includes the City of Wyoming, and portions of Grandville and Byron. In 2005 Green succeeded Rep. Joanne Voorhees as the 77th district representative (who succeeded her husband Harold Voorhees, who like his wife was forced from office by term limits). Green has a bachelors degree in business administration from CMU, and is married to Chele Green. He has worked for the cable television company Viacom as its Western Michigan region government affairs person.

Previous offices held

Kevin Green was a member of the Wyoming city council between 1999 and 2004.

Political campaign history

The 77th district on Michigan’s west side is solidly Republican, so like most Michigan state legislator’s Green’s real election contests have been primaries. The western Michigan district’s population tends to be socially and religiously conservative. In 2004 Green’s primary opponent was Kent Vanderwood, a former Christian school principal who was endorsed by the then-incumbent, term-limited Joanne Voorhees. Vanderwood was said to support broad-based tax cuts as means to improve the state economy, while Green focused more on targeted tax breaks aimed at certain companies or industries. Both candidates “met the criteria” of various organizations with great influence in low-turnout Republican primary elections, including Right to Life and the National Rifle Association; business groups were split in their endorsements. Both candidates favored lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan, but Green also was supported by many local school boards and in subsequent elections has received contributions from the Michigan Education Association teacher’s union.

Kevin Green’s voting record

In keeping with the preferences of his district Green votes in a socially and fiscally conservative manner. On economic issues he generally goes along with the House Republican caucus, which means supporting some measures that free market purists find highly objectionable. Nevertheless, on fiscal issues he is slightly toward the right end of the (rather centrist) GOP House Republican spectrum. For example, in the fall of 2007 the legislature passed 17 budget bills that increased spending by a total of $1.4 billion. Green votes yes on $327 million of that, the 18th lowest out of 52 Republicans.

Key votes of 2007-2008

  • Opposed Bill 5194, raise state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent.
  • Opposed Bill 5198, impose 6 percent service tax on many businesses (later repealed).
  • Opposed Bill 5408, impose 22 percent Michigan Business Tax surcharge in lieu of 6 percent service tax.
  • Opposed Bill 5524, mostly repeal electricity competition, restore monopolies to incumbent utilities including MichCon and DTE.
  • Supported Bill 213, impose renewable energy mandates on electric utilities.
  • Supported Bill 860, impose groundwater withdrawal permit and regulation requirements on large water users.
  • Supported Bill 5075, prohibit business and restaurant owners from choosing to allow smoking.
  • Supported Bill 5282, allow Blue Cross Blue Shield to collect “risk pool” assessments from for-profit insurers while also retaining its tax-exempt status.
  • Supported Bill 418, require MEA school union subsidiary MESSA to share claims data with school districts.
  • Opposed Bill 4048, allow no-reason absentee voting.
  • Approved increased appropriations worth $327.7 million out of the $1.470 billion of new spending enacted following the 2007 tax increases. (Source: Michigan Capitol Confidential)

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.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

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Committee assignments

2009-2010

2007-2008

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Health Policy
  • Senior Health, Security, and Retirement

Elections

2010

Green was not eligible for re-election due to Michigan's term limits.

2008

On November 04, 2008, Kevin Green ran for District 77 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Charles Geerlings and Mike Orcutt. [1]

Kevin Green raised $68,718 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 77
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Green (R) 25,338
Charles Geerlings (D) 14,125
Mike Orcutt (L) 1,161

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Kevin Green collected $68,718 in donations. [3]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
MICHIGAN BEER & WINE WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION $3,350
MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU $2,500
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $1,250
MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION $1,250

Campaign contributions

  • Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Kevin Green
N1096 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517-373-2277
kevingreen@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 77
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Thomas Hooker