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Phil Cavanagh

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Phil Cavanagh
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Michigan House of Representatives District 17
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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 17th District since January 1, 2011.

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


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


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

  • Tax Policy
  • Energy and Technology
  • Judiciary Committees.



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cavanagh is opposed by Leslie Love, David McNeal and Jerry Thomas in the Democratic primary on August 7.[1]


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


In 2010, Cavanagh raised $52,630 in contributions. [2]

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

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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.[3]

January 2011 - March 2012

Phil Cavanagh received a 13% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[3]

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.[4]


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

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