|Michigan House of Representatives District 17|
|January 1. 2011-Present|
|January 1, 2013|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Commissioner, Wayne County|
|Bachelor's||Aquinas College, 1983|
|Master's||University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1998|
|J.D.||University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1998|
|Profession||CEO/Lead Consultant/Strategist, MI Strategic Solutions, LLC,|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Campaign contributions
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Recall effort
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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."
- 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"Police officers should be adequately funded, and if the PPT is repealed, there needs to be a method for replacing lost revenue to municipalities."
- Protecting MI workers
"Protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that workers have a safe working environment are key to accomplishing this."
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.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Phil Cavanagh Incumbent||51.3%||5,625|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 17 General election (2010)|
|Phil Cavanagh (D)||16,668|
|Mike Adams (R)||9,985|
More voting record details
- List of all of Phil Cavanagh’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
In 2010, Cavanagh raised $52,630 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|Hammel Leadership Fund||$5,000|
|Michigan Education Association||$4,000|
|Michigan Regional Council Of Carpenters||$2,000|
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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Phil Cavanagh received a 13% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
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.
Rep. Phil Cavanagh
N696 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0857
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Phil + Cavanagh + Michigan + Legislature
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- Michigan Legislature - Representative Phil Cavanagh official government website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Michigan Votes - Phil Cavanagh
- Official Campaign Website
- Cavanagh on Facebook
- Vote411.org, "Candidate detail," accessed August 7, 2012
- Michigan Department of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Associated Press "Michigan - Summary Vote Results," Accessed August 7, 2012
- 2010 contributions
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
- Hometown Life, "Group abandons Cavanagh recall," January 8, 2012
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