Paul Opsommer

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Paul Opsommer
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Michigan House of Representatives District 93
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1975
Personal
BirthdayOctober 31, 1952
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Paul Opsommer is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 93 since January 1, 2007 and currently serving as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore.

Rep. Opsommer graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. Paul and his wife of 35 years, Barbara, have lived in Clinton County for the last 32 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

Previous offices held

Opsommer is a former DeWitt mayor and city councilman. He also has extensive experience on many local government agencies and boards, including DeWitt Schools Strategic Planning, Clinton County Conservation District, DeWitt Downtown Development Association, the DeWitt Area Community Alliance, and the Tri-County Ground Water Management Board.

Political campaign history

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

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Opsommer has been appointed to these committees:

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Opsommer won re-election to the District 93 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Travis Lacelle (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 93 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Opsommer (R) 22,287
Travis Lacelle (D) 9,476

2008

On November 04, 2008, Paul Opsommer ran for District 93 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Ron McComb and Darryl Schmitz. [1]

Paul Opsommer raised $51,331 for his campaign.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 93
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Opsommer (R) 26,515
Ron McComb (D) 17,957
Darryl Schmitz (L) 1,356

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Opsommer received $43,583 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Opsommer's campaign in 2010
Clinton County Republicans$2,000
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association$1,600
CMS Energy$1,100
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association$1,000
Telecommunications Association Of Michigan$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $43,583

2008

In 2008 Paul Opsommer collected $51,331 in donations. [4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $5,000
Michigan Farm Bureau $2,300
Gaffney Leadership Fund, Ed. $2,000
Paul Opsommer $2,000
CMS Energy $1,900

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Paul Opsommer
N-1197 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-1778
PaulOpsommer@house.mi.gov

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