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Pamela Byrnes

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Pamela Byrnes
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Michigan House of Representatives District 52
Former member
Term in office began
2005
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Pamela Byrnes was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 52 from 2005 to 2011.

Speaker Pro Tempore Pam Byrnes is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Kent Brown, live in Lyndon Township. They have two daughters, Katie and Jodie, and two grandsons.

Byrnes has declared her intention to run for the 18th District of the Michigan State Senate seat in 2010.[1], a seat currently held by term-limited Democrat Elizabeth Brater.

Previous offices held

Before joining the House in 2004, Byrnes served on the Washtenaw County Road Commission in 2000.

Political campaign history

  • 2008 Election
    • Pam Byrnes (D) 62%
    • Eric Lielbridis (R) 38%
  • 2006 Election
    • Pam Byrnes (D) won by 11,000 votes
    • Shannon Brown (R)
  • 2004 Election
    • Pam Byrnes (D) won by 5,000 votes
    • Joe Yekulis (R)

Voting record

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.

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Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Byrnes was not eligible for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives due to Michigan term limits.

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Byrnes ran unsuccessfully for the 18th District Senate Seat in 2010. She was defeated by a margin of 13,113 to 9,539 in the August 3 Democratic primary election.

2008

On November 04, 2008, Pamela Byrnes ran for District 52 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Eric Lielbriedis, John Boyle, and Tom Partridge. [2]

Pamela Byrnes raised $114,297 for her campaign.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 52
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Pamela Byrnes (D) 35,957
Eric Lielbriedis (R) 19,180
John Boyle (L) 1,981
Tom Partridge (Write-In) 1

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Pamela Byrnes collected $114,297 in donations. [4]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Education Association $5,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $4,800
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $3,500
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association $3,000
Progressive Womens Alliance of West Michigan $3,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Pamela Byrnes
Room 251, Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0828
pambyrnes@house.mi.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 52
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Mark Ouimet