Maureen Stapleton

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Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 4
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sHoward University (1987)
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Personal website
Campaign website
Maureen Stapleton was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 4 from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2013.


Stapleton was raised, in Detroit's northwest side by her parents James Stapleton, a Detroit Police Officer, and Ella Mae Stapleton, a Detroit Schools administrator. From an early age, her parents' influence drove her to be active in the community and develop a work ethic geared toward public service.[1]

Stapleton graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1987 with a degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate years, she had her first political job working as an intern with U.S. Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit, where she helped draft House bills and resolutions.[1]

Stapleton is a public school teacher. She also owns her own consulting business that she started in 2003.



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Stapleton is running for District 6 in 2012.
See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Stapleton was defeated by Rashida Tlaib in the Democratic primary on August 7.[2][3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRashida Tlaib Incumbent 51.6% 5,339
Maureen Stapleton Incumbent 45% 4,656
Patrick O'Connell 3.4% 354
Total Votes 10,349


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Stapleton won election to the District 4 Seat in 2010. She defeated Marcelus Brice, Willie Burton, Wanda Canty, James Cole Jr., Eddie Edwards, Michael Hartt, Frazier Kimpson, Chester Logan, Gwendolyn Mingo, Mary Sheffield and Edgar Vann in the August 3 Democratic primary. She faced Lillian Smith (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Political campaign history

Stapleton has previously interned for Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit). She also served on a Detroit committee, chosen in 1994 by Mayor Dennis Archer to serve with the City of Detroit’s Youth Department. Since 2003, she has worked at Wayne State University.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 4 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Maureen Stapleton (D) 15,561
Lillian Smith (R) 547
Danetta Simpson (I) 291

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Campaign donors


In 2010, Stapleton raised $62,848 in contributions. [4]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Stapleton, Maureen L $4,155
Ficano Pac $4,000
Stapleton, Maureen L $2,000
Declare Michigan Pac $2,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

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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.[5]

January 2011 - March 2012

Maureen Stapleton received a 15% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Stapleton served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Stapleton served on these committees:

  • Appropriations
  • Judiciary and Corrections
  • Natural Resources
  • Higher Education


Rep. Maureen Stapleton
S 0588 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-1008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Coleman Young, II (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 4
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Rose Mary Robinson (D)