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Phil Cavanagh
Phil Cavanagh.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 10
In office
January 1, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Commissioner, Wayne County
Bachelor'sAquinas College, 1983
Master'sUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1998
J.D.University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1998
ProfessionCEO/Lead Consultant/Strategist, MI Strategic Solutions, LLC,
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Phil Cavanagh is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the District 10 since January 1, 2013. Cavanagh represented District 17 from 2011 to 2013.

Cavanagh is a former four term member of the Wayne County Commission. He also served as an appointee to the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority and on the Wayne County Land Bank Authority.

Cavanagh holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a bachelor’s in accounting from Aquinas College and a master’s in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cavanagh served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Financial Liability Reform, Vice-chair


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


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



Campaign themes

A questionnaire distributed by the League of Women Voters asked the candidates to provide information about their legislative priorities and proposed actions regarding those priorities. Cavanagh submitted the following response:

  • Improving the educational system

"I am reviewing a variety of facets pertaining to the educational system including curriculum and teacher evaluation methods. The House already passed teacher tenure reform."[1]

  • Fighting/reducing crime

"Police officers should be adequately funded, and if the PPT is repealed, there needs to be a method for replacing lost revenue to municipalities."[1]

  • Protecting MI workers

"Protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that workers have a safe working environment are key to accomplishing this."[1]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cavanagh won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 10. He defeated Leslie Love, David McNeal and Jerry Thomas in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Jasmine Bridges (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Cavanagh Incumbent 86.4% 36,190
     Republican Jasmine Bridges 13.6% 5,682
Total Votes 41,872

Michigan House of Representatives, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Cavanagh Incumbent 51.3% 5,625
Leslie Love 36.1% 3,962
David McNeal 6.9% 753
Jerry Thomas 5.8% 632
Total Votes 10,972


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cavanagh won election to the District 17 Seat in 2010. He defeated Frank Tomcsik in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated Mike Adams (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 17 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Cavanagh (D) 16,668
Mike Adams (R) 9,985

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Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Cavanagh raised $52,630 in contributions. [4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
Hammel Leadership Fund $5,000
Michigan Education Association $4,000
Michigan Regional Council Of Carpenters $2,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State


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

Phil Cavanagh received a 13% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[5]

Recall effort

A Republican group started a recall campaign against Cavanagh and fellow Democratic state Reps. Dian Slavens and Tim Bledsoe in the fall of 2011. Early in January 2012, attorney and GOP strategist Stu Sandler said they would be suspending all three recalls.[6]


Rep. Phil Cavanagh
N696 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0857

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harvey Santana (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Andy Dillon (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 1
Succeeded by
Bill LaVoy (D)