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Michael Firsching

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Michael Firsching
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University, University of Arizona, and Southern Illinois University
OtherVeterinary College at the University of Illinois (1982)
Campaign website
Michael Firsching campaign logo
Michael Firsching was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. Firsching was defeated by incumbent Timothy Johnson on March 20, 2012.[1]


Firsching was born in Ohio in 1956, and grew up with his parents in Georgia and then Illinois. [2] He attended Eastern Illinois University, the University of Arizona, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary College at the University of Illinois in 1982. [2]


  • 1983: Started his own business: Fort Russell Veterinary Service
  • 1997-2001: Member of the Edwardsville School Board
  • 2002-2004: Trustee for the Holiday Shores Sanitary District
  • 2006-2008: Member of the Madison County Regional School Board



See also: Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Firsching ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District. Firsching sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. [3] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Firsching and candidate Frank Metzger were defeated by incumbent Timothy Johnson in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. [1] The Democratic primary between candidates David Gill and Matt Goetten was incredibly close, and in the end Gill narrowly beat out Goetten.[1]

U.S. House, Illinois' 13th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Johnson Incumbent 68.7% 35,655
Frank Metzger 18.4% 9,571
Michael Firsching 12.9% 6,706
Total Votes 51,932

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