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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Independents for Responsible Government (formerly Independent Tea Party Patriots)

2015-2016 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 4 John Moolenaar Republican 20%
MI State House 3 Wendell Byrd Democratic 14%
MI State House 4 Rose Mary Robinson Democratic 42%
MI State House 5 Fred Durhal III Democratic 21%
MI State House 6 Stephanie Chang Democratic 20%
MI State House 7 LaTanya Garrett Democratic 21%
MI State House 8 Sherry Gay-Dagnogo Democratic 26%
MI State House 10 Leslie Love Democratic 23%
MI State House 12 Erika Geiss Democratic 23%
MI State House 13 Frank Liberati Democratic 26%
MI State House 16 Robert Kosowski Democratic 26%
MI State House 19 Laura Cox Republican 46%
MI State House 21 Kristy Pagan Democratic 20%
MI State House 22 John Chirkun Democratic 15%
MI State House 25 Henry Yanez Democratic 26%
MI State House 27 Robert Wittenberg Democratic 20%
MI State House 29 Tim Greimel Democratic 24%
MI State House 34 Sheldon Neeley Democratic 26%
MI State House 35 Jeremy Moss Democratic 26%
MI State House 36 Peter Lucido Republican 43%
MI State House 37 Christine Greig Democratic 23%
MI State House 38 Kathy Crawford Republican 43%
MI State House 39 Klint Kesto Republican 50%
MI State House 40 Michael McCready Republican 34%
MI State House 41 Martin Howrylak Republican 47%
MI State House 42 Lana Theis Republican 57%
MI State House 43 Jim Tedder Republican 54%
MI State House 44 Jim Runestad Republican 60%
MI State House 45 Michael Webber Republican 49%
MI State House 47 Henry Vaupel Republican 43%
MI State House 48 Pam Faris Democratic 21%
MI State House 49 Phil Phelps Democratic 20%
MI State House 51 Joseph Graves Republican 53%
MI State House 55 Adam Zemke Democratic 19%
MI State House 56 Jason Sheppard Republican 37%
MI State House 58 Eric Leutheuser Republican 46%
MI State House 59 Aaron Miller Republican 53%
MI State House 60 Jon Hoadley Democratic 17%
MI State House 61 Brandt Iden Republican 49%
MI State House 62 John Bizon Republican 29%
MI State House 63 David Maturen Republican 46%
MI State House 65 Brett Roberts Republican 49%
MI State House 67 Tom Cochran Democratic 21%
MI State House 68 Andy Schor Democratic 24%
MI State House 69 Sam Singh Democratic 29%
MI State House 71 Tom Barrett Republican 60%
MI State House 73 Chris Afendoulis Republican 46%
MI State House 74 Rob VerHeulen Republican 42%
MI State House 75 David LaGrand Democratic 13%
MI State House 76 Winnie Brinks Democratic 24%
MI State House 78 Dave Pagel Republican 42%
MI State House 80 Mary Whiteford Republican 33%
MI State House 81 Dan Lauwers Republican 50%
MI State House 82 Gary Howell Republican 40%
MI State House 84 Edward Canfield Republican 51%
MI State House 88 Roger Victory Republican 45%
MI State House 90 Daniela Garcia Republican 46%
MI State House 91 Holly Hughes Republican 37%
MI State House 93 Tom Leonard Republican 47%
MI State House 94 Tim Kelly Republican 49%
MI State House 95 Vanessa Guerra Democratic 17%
MI State House 98 Gary Glenn Republican 63%
MI State House 104 Larry Inman Republican 47%
MI State House 105 Triston Cole Republican 60%
MI State House 107 Lee Chatfield Republican 60%
MI State House 110 Scott Dianda Democratic 37%
MI State Senate 1 Coleman Young II Democratic 24%
MI State Senate 2 Bert Johnson Democratic 19%
MI State Senate 3 Morris Hood III Democratic 21%
MI State Senate 5 David Knezek, Jr. Democratic 15%
MI State Senate 6 Hoon-Yung Hopgood Democratic 27%
MI State Senate 7 Patrick Colbeck Republican 57%
MI State Senate 8 Jack Brandenburg Republican 63%
MI State Senate 9 Steven Bieda Democratic 20%
MI State Senate 10 Tory Rocca Republican 30%
MI State Senate 11 Vincent Gregory Democratic 24%
MI State Senate 12 James Marleau Republican 48%
MI State Senate 13 Martin Knollenberg Republican 56%
MI State Senate 14 Dave Robertson Republican 60%
MI State Senate 15 Mike Kowall Republican 43%
MI State Senate 16 Mike Shirkey Republican 59%
MI State Senate 17 Dale Zorn Republican 33%
MI State Senate 18 Rebekah Warren Democratic 20%
MI State Senate 19 Michael Nofs Republican 41%
MI State Senate 20 Margaret O'Brien Republican 37%
MI State Senate 21 John Proos IV Republican 57%
MI State Senate 22 Joe Hune Republican 67%
MI State Senate 23 Curtis Hertel, Jr. Democratic 15%
MI State Senate 24 Rick Jones Republican 40%
MI State Senate 25 Phil Pavlov Republican 57%
MI State Senate 26 Tonya Schuitmaker Republican 47%
MI State Senate 27 Jim Ananich Democratic 18%
MI State Senate 28 Peter MacGregor Republican 48%
MI State Senate 29 Dave Hildenbrand Republican 60%
MI State Senate 30 Arlan Meekhof Republican 48%
MI State Senate 31 Mike Green Republican 52%
MI State Senate 32 Kenneth Horn Republican 41%
MI State Senate 33 Judy Emmons Republican 53%
MI State Senate 34 Goeff Hansen Republican 45%
MI State Senate 35 Darwin Booher Republican 53%
MI State Senate 36 Jim Stamas Republican 52%
MI State Senate 37 Wayne Schmidt Republican 48%
MI State Senate 38 Tom Casperson Republican 33%
MI Director of the Office of the State Budget Al Pscholka 42%
MI Commissioner 4 Bruce Caswell No Party Affiliation 20%
MI Commissioner 6 Eileen Kowall Republican 0%
MI Commissioner 9 Hugh Crawford Republican 0%
Theresa Abed 29%
Clemente Amaya 14%
Glenn Anderson 40%
Brian Banks 26%
Vicki Barnett 29%
Jase Bolger 0%
Terry Brown 14%
Charles Brunner 24%
Jon Bumstead 50%
Michael Callton 32%
Philip Cavanagh 29%
Paul Clemente 18%
Kevin Cotter 45%
Todd Courser 69%
Kevin Daley 14%
George Darany 29%
Cynthia Denby 0%
Brandon Dillon 19%
Gretchen Driskell 24%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 14%
Jeff Farrington 53%
Anthony Forlini 37%
Frank Foster 0%
Ray Franz 63%
Cindy Gamrat 69%
Douglas Geiss 29%
Bob Genetski 29%
Ben Glardon 37%
Ken Goike 61%
Gail Haines 0%
Harold Haugh 29%
Joseph Haveman 0%
Kurt Heise 45%
Rudy Hobbs 29%
Thomas Hooker 63%
Marcia Hovey-Wright 16%
Tupac Hunter 40%
Jeff Irwin 26%
Bradford Jacobsen 39%
Mark Jansen 20%
Nancy Jenkins 45%
Joel Johnson 55%
Roger Kahn 0%
Andrew Kandrevas 14%
John Kivela 29%
Kenneth Kurtz 14%
Andrea LaFontaine 39%
Collene Lamonte 29%
Marilyn Lane 24%
Bill LaVoy 21%
Ellen Lipton 29%
Matt Lori 0%
Pete Lund 14%
Lisa Lyons 39%
Greg MacMaster 14%
Ed McBroom 41%
Sean McCann 29%
Derek Miller 30%
Paul Muxlow 42%
David Nathan 29%
Aric Nesbitt 50%
John Olumba 14%
Rick Outman 42%
John Pappageorge 20%
Peter Pettalia 55%
Julie Plawecki 14%
Earl Poleski 50%
Phil Potvin 47%
Amanda Price 42%
Bruce Rendon 47%
Randy Richardville 0%
Sarah Roberts 24%
Bill Rogers 0%
David Rutledge 16%
Harvey Santana 25%
Kate Segal 29%
Dian Slavens 14%
Charles Smiley 30%
Virgil Smith, Jr. 9%
Pat Somerville 61%
Thomas Stallworth III 33%
Woodrow Stanley 29%
Jonathan Switalski 14%
Alberta Tinsley-Talabi 26%
Rashida Tlaib 29%
Jim Townsend 21%
Howard Walker 0%
John Walsh 0%
Gretchen Whitmer 40%
Ken Yonker 39%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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