Kurt Heise

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Kurt Heise
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Michigan House of Representatives District 20
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, 1998
J.D.Wayne State University Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Kurt Heise is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 20th District since January 1, 2011.

Heise was formerly a city attorney in Dearborn Heights and the city of Woodhaven. Kurt is a Trustee on the Plymouth-Canton Educational Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Rouge, and serves as a consultant for Wayne State University's Urban Watershed program alongside an adjunct professorship.

Heise graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in 1988. He went on to earn his Masters of Law in Labor Law from Wayne State University Law School.


Campaign Themes

Heise's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"I believe in the proven philosophy that government does not create jobs, the private sector does."


  • Excerpt:"I have also voted 'yes' on across-the-board tax cuts for working families and seniors, starting this year and continuing through 2016."


  • Excerpt:"I voted against the Governor's plan to cut funding for K-12 schools. I have also supported common-sense charter school legislation for parents in Wayne County who want that option."

The Economy

  • Excerpt:"I will do whatever it takes to retain jobs and attract new jobs to Michigan."

The Right to Life

  • Excerpt:"I believe in the fundamental human right to life, from conception to natural death, and have supported legislation in Lansing to protect this right."

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heise has been appointed to these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kurt Heise endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heise won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 20. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Tim Roraback (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Heise won election to the District 20 Seat in 2010. He defeated Steve Booher, Jr. in the August 3 Republican primary. He defeated Joan Wadsworth (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 20 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Heise (R) 20,920
Joan Wadsworth (D) 15,128

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Campaign donors


In 2010, Heise raised $74,850 in contributions. [4]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Heise, Kurt L $20,000
Michigan Farm Bureau $5,000
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association $2,500


Rep. Kurt Heise
N-699 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-3816


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

Kurt Heise received a 75% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]


Heise and his wife Catherine have two children.

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Preceded by
Marc Corriveau
Michigan House of Representatives District 20
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