Rating Group: Independents for Responsible Government

2011-2012 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House - 4 John Moolenaar Republican 63%
MI U.S. House - 13 Rashida Tlaib Democratic 18%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 18%
MI State Senate - 16 Mike Shirkey Republican 76%
MI State Senate - 17 Dale Zorn Republican 58%
MI State Senate - 18 Jeff Irwin Democratic 22%
MI State Senate - 20 Sean McCann Democratic 17%
MI State Senate - 26 Aric Nesbitt Republican 80%
MI State Senate - 27 Jim Ananich Democratic 17%
MI State Senate - 31 Kevin Daley Republican 65%
MI State Senate - 32 Kenneth Horn Republican 55%
MI State Senate - 33 Rick Outman Republican 63%
MI State Senate - 34 Jon Bumstead Republican 71%
MI State Senate - 36 Jim Stamas Republican 63%
MI State Senate - 37 Wayne Schmidt Republican 59%
MI State Senate - 38 Ed McBroom Republican 51%
MI Mayor - At-Large Vicki Barnett Democratic 19%
MI Council Member - At-Large Bob Constan 23%
MI Council Member - At-Large Hugh Crawford 69%
MI Council Member Coleman Young II 15%
MI Commissioner - 4 Bruce Caswell No Party Affiliation 53%
MI Commissioner - 6 Jeff Farrington Republican 70%
MI Commissioner - 6 Eileen Kowall Republican 65%
MI Commissioner - 12 Glenn Anderson Democratic 17%
MI Commissioner - 12 Chuck Moss Republican 67%
MI State Board of Education Ellen Lipton Democratic 16%
MI State Board of Education Tom McMillin Republican 93%
Dave Agema 92%
Joan Bauer 19%
Steven Bieda 16%
Timothy Bledsoe 15%
Jase Bolger 63%
Darwin Booher 58%
Jack Brandenburg 72%
Lisa Brown 29%
Charles Brunner 20%
Barbara Byrum 16%
Michael Callton 61%
Tom Casperson 46%
Philip Cavanagh 18%
Paul Clemente 18%
Patrick Colbeck 71%
Kevin Cotter 72%
Kurt Damrow 65%
George Darany 18%
Cynthia Denby 65%
Brandon Dillon 19%
Fred Durhal, Jr. 12%
Judy Emmons 54%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 17%
Anthony Forlini 61%
Frank Foster 61%
Ray Franz 80%
Douglas Geiss 19%
Bob Genetski 79%
Judson Gilbert II 63%
Ben Glardon 61%
John Gleason 18%
Ken Goike 76%
Joseph Graves 50%
Mike Green 59%
Vincent Gregory 15%
Tim Greimel 25%
Gail Haines 70%
Richard Hammel 22%
Goeff Hansen 52%
Harold Haugh 26%
Joseph Haveman 63%
Kurt Heise 66%
Dave Hildenbrand 57%
Rudy Hobbs 17%
Morris Hood III 13%
Thomas Hooker 83%
Hoon-Yung Hopgood 13%
Marcia Hovey-Wright 14%
Lisa Howze 11%
Holly Hughes 59%
Joe Hune 76%
Matt Huuki 67%
Shanelle Jackson 18%
Bradford Jacobsen 67%
Mark Jansen 61%
Nancy Jenkins 65%
Bert Johnson 15%
Joel Johnson 73%
Rick Jones 46%
Roger Kahn 52%
Andrew Kandrevas 18%
Martin Knollenberg 72%
Mike Kowall 60%
Kenneth Kurtz 63%
Andrea LaFontaine 75%
Marilyn Lane 27%
Richard LeBlanc 28%
Steven Lindberg 11%
Lesia Liss 19%
Matt Lori 58%
Pete Lund 70%
Lisa Lyons 64%
Peter MacGregor 72%
State Office Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House - 4 John Moolenaar R 63%
MI U.S. House - 13 Rashida Tlaib D 18%
MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer D 18%
MI State Senate - 16 Mike Shirkey R 76%
MI State Senate - 17 Dale Zorn R 58%
MI State Senate - 18 Jeff Irwin D 22%
MI State Senate - 20 Sean McCann D 17%
MI State Senate - 26 Aric Nesbitt R 80%
MI State Senate - 27 Jim Ananich D 17%
MI State Senate - 31 Kevin Daley R 65%
MI State Senate - 32 Kenneth Horn R 55%
MI State Senate - 33 Rick Outman R 63%
MI State Senate - 34 Jon Bumstead R 71%
MI State Senate - 36 Jim Stamas R 63%
MI State Senate - 37 Wayne Schmidt R 59%
MI State Senate - 38 Ed McBroom R 51%
MI Mayor - At-Large Vicki Barnett D 19%
MI Council Member - At-Large Bob Constan 23%
MI Council Member - At-Large Hugh Crawford 69%
MI Council Member Coleman Young II 15%
MI Commissioner - 4 Bruce Caswell N/A 53%
MI Commissioner - 6 Jeff Farrington R 70%
MI Commissioner - 6 Eileen Kowall R 65%
MI Commissioner - 12 Glenn Anderson D 17%
MI Commissioner - 12 Chuck Moss R 67%
MI State Board of Education Ellen Lipton D 16%
MI State Board of Education Tom McMillin R 93%
Dave Agema 92%
Joan Bauer 19%
Steven Bieda 16%
Timothy Bledsoe 15%
Jase Bolger 63%
Darwin Booher 58%
Jack Brandenburg 72%
Lisa Brown 29%
Charles Brunner 20%
Barbara Byrum 16%
Michael Callton 61%
Tom Casperson 46%
Philip Cavanagh 18%
Paul Clemente 18%
Patrick Colbeck 71%
Kevin Cotter 72%
Kurt Damrow 65%
George Darany 18%
Cynthia Denby 65%
Brandon Dillon 19%
Fred Durhal, Jr. 12%
Judy Emmons 54%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 17%
Anthony Forlini 61%
Frank Foster 61%
Ray Franz 80%
Douglas Geiss 19%
Bob Genetski 79%
Judson Gilbert II 63%
Ben Glardon 61%
John Gleason 18%
Ken Goike 76%
Joseph Graves 50%
Mike Green 59%
Vincent Gregory 15%
Tim Greimel 25%
Gail Haines 70%
Richard Hammel 22%
Goeff Hansen 52%
Harold Haugh 26%
Joseph Haveman 63%
Kurt Heise 66%
Dave Hildenbrand 57%
Rudy Hobbs 17%
Morris Hood III 13%
Thomas Hooker 83%
Hoon-Yung Hopgood 13%
Marcia Hovey-Wright 14%
Lisa Howze 11%
Holly Hughes 59%
Joe Hune 76%
Matt Huuki 67%
Shanelle Jackson 18%
Bradford Jacobsen 67%
Mark Jansen 61%
Nancy Jenkins 65%
Bert Johnson 15%
Joel Johnson 73%
Rick Jones 46%
Roger Kahn 52%
Andrew Kandrevas 18%
Martin Knollenberg 72%
Mike Kowall 60%
Kenneth Kurtz 63%
Andrea LaFontaine 75%
Marilyn Lane 27%
Richard LeBlanc 28%
Steven Lindberg 11%
Lesia Liss 19%
Matt Lori 58%
Pete Lund 70%
Lisa Lyons 64%
Peter MacGregor 72%
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