|Michigan House of Representatives District 37|
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| Current term ends|
Democrat Vicki Barnett of Farmington Hills is the current state representative for the 37th District of the Michigan House of Representatives serving her first term. Rep. Barnett is a former mayor of Farmington Hills.
She was born on July 8, 1954 to a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan. She received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1983, and later received her Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1991, also from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has worked as an investment consultant at LPL Financial in Farmington Hills since 1999, and is a licensed accident, life, and health insurance agent. Barnett married her husband, attorney Mark Steckloff, in 1982, and together they have two children, Samantha and Jordan.
Previous Offices Held
Barnett was elected as a Democrat the the Farminton Hills City Council in 1995. She served in this position until 2003, when she was elected mayor. She served as the cities mayor until 2007. In 2008, she announced her intention to run for the 37th State House seat, which was left open by the retirement of Democrat Aldo Vagnozzi, who could not run for re-election due to term limits. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary, but faced Republican Paul Welday in the General Election. Welday was the chief of staff to former Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg, and the election was generally thought to be competitive. However, Barnett's popularity as mayor, as well as the coattails of then-candidate Barack Obama led Barnett to an easy 60%-40% victory over Welday.
Political Campaign History
- 2008 campaign for State House
- Vicki Barnett (D), 60%
- Paul Welday (R), 40%
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.
More Voting Record Details
- List of all of Vicki Barnett’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).
- List of Vicki Barnett’s 0 missed roll-call votes
Committee Assignments, 2009-2010
Vicki Barnett raised $134,155 for her campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 37|
|Vicki Barnett (D)||28,575|
|Paul Welday (R)||18,954|
In 2008 Vicki Barnett collected $134,155 in donations. 
Her eight largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Operation Engineers Local 324||$5,100|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|Dillion Leadership Fund||$5,000|
|United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Impement Workers of America||$5,000|
|Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters||$5,000|
|Electrical Workers Local 58||$5,000|
|Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan||$5,000|
|Granholm Leadership Fund||$5,000|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Vicki Barnett
S0886 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
- Michigan Legislature - Representative Vicki Barnett
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Vicki Barnett profile
- Michigan Votes - Vicki Barnett
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
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