Mark Schauer

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Mark Schauer
Mark Schauer candidate.jpg
Candidate for
Governor of Michigan
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalAugust 5, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Michigan, District 7
Michigan State Senate
Michigan House of Representative
Bachelor'sAlbion College
Master'sWestern Michigan University, Michigan State University
Date of birthOctober 2, 1961
Place of birthHowell, Michigan
ProfessionPublic administration
Personal website
Campaign website
Mark Schauer (b. October 2, 1961 in Howell, MI) is a current Democratic candidate seeking 2014 election to the office of Governor of Michigan. He formally announced his candidacy on May 29, 2013 and is considered the early front-runner for his party's nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder in the November 4, 2014 general election.[1][2]

Schauer is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House. He represented the 7th district of Michigan from 2009-2011.


Schauer is a native of Howell, Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree from Albion College and worked extensively for the community service organization Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan before entering politics.[3]

In 1996, after two years serving on the Battle Creek City Commission, Schauer unseated the incumbent to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives. He was subsequently re-elected in 1998 and 2000 and then moved on to serving two terms in the State Senate.[3]

Political career

U.S. House (2009-2011)

Schauer was elected to represent Michigan's 7th congressional district in the U.S. House in 2008, defeating incumbent Tim Walberg in the general election. After one term, Walberg won back the seat from Schauer in 2010.

Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Schauer has voted with the House Democratic leadership 94.0% of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 95.5% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that he votes 94.6% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[5]

Specific Votes

Rep. Schauer voted for the stimulus bill.[6] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [7]

Schauer also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]

Schauer supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[11]

Finally, Schauer voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[12] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[13]

State Senate (2003-2009)

State House (1997-2003)



See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

Schauer is running for election as Governor of Michigan in 2014, when Republican incumbent Rick Snyder is first up for re-election.[1] [14] He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014, followed by the general election November 4, 2014.


In April 2012, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting in the 2012 election.[15] Tim Walberg ranked 6th on the list.[15] The article notes that Tim Walberg lost the district to centrist Schauer (D) in 2008. He then beat Schauer in a rematch by 5 points in 2010. The redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, made sure to cut Schauer’s home base out of the district and made it a few points more Republican.[15] According to the article, Schauer said that he would not run for a rematch because of the new map.[15]


On November 2, 2010, Tim Walberg won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark H. Schauer (D), Greg Merle (L), Scott Eugene Aughney (U.S. Taxpayers), Richard Wunsch (G), and Danny Davis (Write-In) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg 50.2% 113,185
     Democratic Mark H. Schauer Incumbent 45.4% 102,402
     Libertarian Greg Merle 1.4% 3,239
     U.S. Taxpayers Scott Eugene Aughney 1.6% 3,705
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.4% 3,117
     Independent Danny Davis 0% 21
Total Votes 225,669


Schauer and his wife Christine have four grandchildren and owned a small business in Battle Creek.[3]

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