Lisa Brown, Michigan Representative
|Michigan House of Representatives District 39|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||Michigan State University|
|J.D.||Detroit College of Law|
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- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Controversies
- 8 External links
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Rep. Brown was born and raised in Oakland County and lives in West Bloomfield with her three sons. She graduated from Andover High School, then went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a degree from the Detroit College of Law.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brown served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brown served on these committees:
- List of all of Lisa Brown’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Lisa Brown’s 0 missed roll-call votes
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.
Brown is not running for re-election to the House in 2012.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 General election (2010)|
|Lisa Brown (D)||17,137|
|Lois Shulman (R)||7,281|
|Nathan Allen (L)||1,762|
Lisa Brown raised $168,105 for her campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 39|
|Lisa Brown (D)||25,437|
|Amy Peterman (R)||22,725|
|Gerald Plas (L)||1,133|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
In 2010, Brown received $493,445 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Lisa Brown, Michigan Representative's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan House Democratic Fund||$355,887|
|Hammel Leadership Fund||$5,000|
|Michigan Auto Workers||$5,000|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$493,445|
In 2008 Lisa Brown collected $168,105 in donations. 
Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters||$5,000|
|Operation Engineers Local 324||$5,000|
|Angerer Leadership Fund||$5,000|
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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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Lisa Brown received a 21% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
Silenced after abortion debate
Brown and fellow Democratic state Rep. Barbara Byrum found themselves prohibited from speaking on the House floor during the last day of the 2012 session over comments they made the previous day during debate over a package of abortion regulation bills. Voting against the measure, Brown told supporters of the bill, "I'm flattered you're all so interested in my vagina. But no means no." Meanwhile, Byrum was not allowed to speak on her amendment to regulate vasectomies.
A spokesman for the Republican Party explained that Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R) determined the comments violated the decorum of the House. In response, Brown asked at a press conference, "If I can't say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas? What language should I use?"
On September 26, 2011, The Oakland County Election Commission approved recall language against Lisa Brown. In order for a recall election to be scheduled, organizers would have had to collect valid signatures of 25 percent of the people who voted for governor in the district in the last election.
The recall never made it to the ballot.
- Lisa Brown's campaign website
- Michigan Legislature - Representative Lisa Brown
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
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- Michigan Votes - Lisa Brown
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Lisa Brown on Facebook
- Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Brown's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributors to Lisa Brown
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "A controversy is born after 2 Michigan lawmakers' comments in abortion debate," June 15, 2012
- The Detroit News, "Lawmaker barred from speaking after 'vagina' comment," June 14, 2012
- Daily Tribune, "Recall language OK’d against two lawmakers, rejected against two," September 28, 2011
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