Rating Group: Independents for Responsible Government

2011 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House - 4 John Moolenaar Republican 67%
MI U.S. House - 13 Rashida Tlaib Democratic 12%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 16%
MI State Senate - 16 Mike Shirkey Republican 81%
MI State Senate - 17 Dale Zorn Republican 67%
MI State Senate - 18 Jeff Irwin Democratic 12%
MI State Senate - 20 Sean McCann Democratic 12%
MI State Senate - 26 Aric Nesbitt Republican 86%
MI State Senate - 27 Jim Ananich Democratic 12%
MI State Senate - 31 Kevin Daley Republican 74%
MI State Senate - 32 Kenneth Horn Republican 69%
MI State Senate - 33 Rick Outman Republican 74%
MI State Senate - 34 Jon Bumstead Republican 81%
MI State Senate - 36 Jim Stamas Republican 69%
MI State Senate - 37 Wayne Schmidt Republican 64%
MI State Senate - 38 Ed McBroom Republican 55%
MI Mayor - At-Large Vicki Barnett Democratic 14%
MI Council Member - At-Large Bob Constan 21%
MI Council Member - At-Large Hugh Crawford 76%
MI Council Member Coleman Young II 11%
MI Commissioner - 4 Bruce Caswell No Party Affiliation 47%
MI Commissioner - 6 Jeff Farrington Republican 76%
MI Commissioner - 6 Eileen Kowall Republican 74%
MI Commissioner - 12 Glenn Anderson Democratic 18%
MI Commissioner - 12 Chuck Moss Republican 74%
MI State Board of Education Ellen Lipton Democratic 12%
MI State Board of Education Tom McMillin Republican 93%
Dave Agema 93%
Joan Bauer 17%
Steven Bieda 11%
Timothy Bledsoe 15%
Jase Bolger 69%
Darwin Booher 58%
Jack Brandenburg 64%
Lisa Brown 21%
Charles Brunner 17%
Barbara Byrum 10%
Michael Callton 67%
Tom Casperson 45%
Philip Cavanagh 14%
Paul Clemente 17%
Patrick Colbeck 70%
Kevin Cotter 76%
Kurt Damrow 73%
George Darany 17%
Cynthia Denby 76%
Brandon Dillon 17%
Fred Durhal, Jr. 10%
Judy Emmons 60%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 12%
Anthony Forlini 71%
Frank Foster 69%
Ray Franz 88%
Douglas Geiss 17%
Bob Genetski 85%
Judson Gilbert II 69%
Ben Glardon 74%
John Gleason 16%
Ken Goike 81%
Mike Green 62%
Vincent Gregory 14%
Gail Haines 76%
Richard Hammel 18%
Goeff Hansen 50%
Harold Haugh 28%
Joseph Haveman 69%
Kurt Heise 74%
Dave Hildenbrand 55%
Rudy Hobbs 12%
Morris Hood III 13%
Thomas Hooker 85%
Hoon-Yung Hopgood 11%
Marcia Hovey-Wright 12%
Lisa Howze 8%
Holly Hughes 69%
Joe Hune 73%
Tupac Hunter 18%
Matt Huuki 76%
Shanelle Jackson 24%
Bradford Jacobsen 74%
Mark Jansen 64%
Nancy Jenkins 74%
Bert Johnson 17%
Joel Johnson 86%
Rick Jones 38%
Roger Kahn 50%
Andrew Kandrevas 12%
Martin Knollenberg 76%
Mike Kowall 59%
Kenneth Kurtz 74%
Andrea LaFontaine 74%
Marilyn Lane 24%
Richard LeBlanc 33%
Steven Lindberg 7%
Lesia Liss 17%
Matt Lori 65%
Pete Lund 74%
Lisa Lyons 74%
Peter MacGregor 74%
Greg MacMaster 83%
State Office Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House - 4 John Moolenaar R 67%
MI U.S. House - 13 Rashida Tlaib D 12%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer D 16%
MI State Senate - 16 Mike Shirkey R 81%
MI State Senate - 17 Dale Zorn R 67%
MI State Senate - 18 Jeff Irwin D 12%
MI State Senate - 20 Sean McCann D 12%
MI State Senate - 26 Aric Nesbitt R 86%
MI State Senate - 27 Jim Ananich D 12%
MI State Senate - 31 Kevin Daley R 74%
MI State Senate - 32 Kenneth Horn R 69%
MI State Senate - 33 Rick Outman R 74%
MI State Senate - 34 Jon Bumstead R 81%
MI State Senate - 36 Jim Stamas R 69%
MI State Senate - 37 Wayne Schmidt R 64%
MI State Senate - 38 Ed McBroom R 55%
MI Mayor - At-Large Vicki Barnett D 14%
MI Council Member - At-Large Bob Constan 21%
MI Council Member - At-Large Hugh Crawford 76%
MI Council Member Coleman Young II 11%
MI Commissioner - 4 Bruce Caswell N/A 47%
MI Commissioner - 6 Jeff Farrington R 76%
MI Commissioner - 6 Eileen Kowall R 74%
MI Commissioner - 12 Glenn Anderson D 18%
MI Commissioner - 12 Chuck Moss R 74%
MI State Board of Education Ellen Lipton D 12%
MI State Board of Education Tom McMillin R 93%
Dave Agema 93%
Joan Bauer 17%
Steven Bieda 11%
Timothy Bledsoe 15%
Jase Bolger 69%
Darwin Booher 58%
Jack Brandenburg 64%
Lisa Brown 21%
Charles Brunner 17%
Barbara Byrum 10%
Michael Callton 67%
Tom Casperson 45%
Philip Cavanagh 14%
Paul Clemente 17%
Patrick Colbeck 70%
Kevin Cotter 76%
Kurt Damrow 73%
George Darany 17%
Cynthia Denby 76%
Brandon Dillon 17%
Fred Durhal, Jr. 10%
Judy Emmons 60%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 12%
Anthony Forlini 71%
Frank Foster 69%
Ray Franz 88%
Douglas Geiss 17%
Bob Genetski 85%
Judson Gilbert II 69%
Ben Glardon 74%
John Gleason 16%
Ken Goike 81%
Mike Green 62%
Vincent Gregory 14%
Gail Haines 76%
Richard Hammel 18%
Goeff Hansen 50%
Harold Haugh 28%
Joseph Haveman 69%
Kurt Heise 74%
Dave Hildenbrand 55%
Rudy Hobbs 12%
Morris Hood III 13%
Thomas Hooker 85%
Hoon-Yung Hopgood 11%
Marcia Hovey-Wright 12%
Lisa Howze 8%
Holly Hughes 69%
Joe Hune 73%
Tupac Hunter 18%
Matt Huuki 76%
Shanelle Jackson 24%
Bradford Jacobsen 74%
Mark Jansen 64%
Nancy Jenkins 74%
Bert Johnson 17%
Joel Johnson 86%
Rick Jones 38%
Roger Kahn 50%
Andrew Kandrevas 12%
Martin Knollenberg 76%
Mike Kowall 59%
Kenneth Kurtz 74%
Andrea LaFontaine 74%
Marilyn Lane 24%
Richard LeBlanc 33%
Steven Lindberg 7%
Lesia Liss 17%
Matt Lori 65%
Pete Lund 74%
Lisa Lyons 74%
Peter MacGregor 74%
Greg MacMaster 83%
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