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Tupac Hunter

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Tupac Hunter
Michigan Senate District 5
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Senate site
Tupac Hunter has been a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate since 2006 with his term expiring in 2010. Hunter currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader. Before becoming a Senator, Hunter served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2002 to 2006. Hunter has had extensive political experience working as a Staff Aide for the Detroit City Council and also worked for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Hunter graduated from Morehouse College with his Bachelor's degree and is currently working on a Master's in Public Affairs degree from Oakland University.

Committee assignments

Hunter serves on these committees:

Mortgage Loan Origination Reform

Senator Hunter on Mortgage Reform

Senator Hunter was a co-sponsor of the Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act of 2009. The legislation was designed to strengthen the licensing standards of home mortgage brokers in the State of Michigan and increased penalties for brokers engaged in illegal activities. The legislation included pre-licensing education and testing requirements, as well as fingerprinting and background checks under the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008. Loan originators in Michigan under the law would also be required to register through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry[2]. The law was approved by substantial majorities in the Michigan House and Senate was approved by Governor Jennifer Granholm on July 28, 2009[3].

District 5

Thomas represents Michigan Senate District 5. District 5 includes the a portion Central Detroit and the suburbs of Dearborn Heights and Inkster[4].



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Hunter ran for re-election to the 5th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Bonnie Patrick ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 07, 2006, Hunter ran for District 5 of the Michigan State Senate, beating David Malhalab. [5]

Hunter raised $127,971 for his campaign.[6]

Michigan State Senate, District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tupac Hunter (D) 56,252
David Malhalab (R) 8,164

Campaign donors


In 2006 Tupac Hunter collected $127,971 in donations. [7]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Tupac Hunter $15,058
Michigan Auto Dealers Association $7,500
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
Michigan Education Association $5,000

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.
  • 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.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.


Hunter is married with one child and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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