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Martin Knollenberg

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Martin Knollenberg
Marty Knollenberg.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 41
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Republican
Profession Small Business Owner
Website House Site

Republican Martin Knollenberg of Troy is the current state representative for the 41th District of the Michigan House of Representatives serving his second term.

"Marty" is the son of former U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg, who represented Michigan's 9th congressional district from 1993 until 2009.

Knollenberg was elected to the State House in 2006 and re-elected in 2008.

Previous offices held

He had previously served as an Oakland County Commissioner from 2002 to 2004 and Oakland County Parks and Recreation commissioner from 2004 to 2006.

Political campaign history

  • 2008 Election
    • Marty Knollenberg (R) 57.46%
    • Evan Ross Treharne (D) 41.98%
  • 2006 Election

In the August 2006 primary, Knollenberg faced Clawson School Board Trustee and attorney Mike Bosnic. Knollenberg won by a 53.5-46.5% margin. The contest was labeled by Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), a Lansing-insider political publication, as the fourth most interesting primary in Michigan.

Knollenberg defeated Democratic college student Eric Gregory in the November general election by a 58-42% margin. Knollenberg was one of few Republicans to garner a greater percentage of votes in his 2006 general election than he or his predecessor did in 2004, overcoming the largely anti-Republican sentiment of the election.

  • 2004 Election

Knollenberg was also a candidate for election in the 2004 Republican primary for the 41st District House seat, being vacated by term-limited representative John Pappageorge. He faced former-State Representative Bob Gosselin who was running for his final term after leaving office in 2002 to run for state Senate, and upstart candidate Mike Bosnic.

Gosselin, who had built a reputation in the legislature as a conservative lawmaker who espoused family values, was the subject of Knollenberg's campaign mailings announcing a 1998 arrest in an undercover prostitution sting and a previous conviction where Gosselin had plead out. The 1998 solicitng charges against Gosselin were dismissed.

Bosnic was also a subject of Knollenberg's literature. He was accused by Knollenberg of accepting an illegal $2,500 contribution from the Heroes of Public Education, which was then a new PAC subject to a smaller campaign contribution limit. Campaign finance reports later revealed that the Secretary of State required Bosnic to repay $2,000 dollars of the donations because it exceeded campaign limits.

Despite Pappageorge's endorsement of Knollenberg and the charges against Gosselin, the August primary was won by Gosselin with 38% of the vote, with Knollenberg garnering 29% and Bosnic 28%.

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

  • Click below to see how this representative voted.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More Voting Record Details

Committee assignments



  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Transportation, and Public Transit Subcommittee



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Knollenberg won re-election to the District 41 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Ed Spillers (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.


On November 04, 2008, Martin Knollenberg ran for District 41 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Evan Treharne. [1]

Martin Knollenberg raised $161,083 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 41
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Martin Knollenberg (R) 27,211
Evan Treharne (D) 19,649

Campaign donors


In 2008 Martin Knollenberg collected $161,083 in donations. [3]

His six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
House Republican Campaign Committee $49,701
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $4,020
DTE Energy $3,900
Michigan Chamber of Commerce $3,450
UPS $3,000
Knollenberg Leadership Fund $3,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State


Rep. Martin Knollenberg
N-890 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-1783

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