Rep. Gary Glenn is running for state Senate District 31, which includes Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties.
He lives in Williams Township in Bay County and was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents the 98th District, which includes the cities of Auburn, Pinconning, Linwood, and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, and Williams in Bay County. In Midland County, the district includes the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, and Lincoln.
Gary is Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and Chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee. He also serves on the Military and Veterans Affairs, Communications and Technology, and Insurance committees. He is also Finance Co-Chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Committee on Committees, which decided the makeup of House policy and appropriations committees.
After his first year in office, Gary was named 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the editor and reporters of the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the state Capitol's oldest daily news service. His selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-term state senators was due largely to his leadership in the energy policy debate, MIRS said. In both 2015 and 2016, he also received the Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union for compiling the most conservative voting record in the House on fiscal, social, and military-related issues, and he was named "House Member of the Year" in 2016 by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and in 2017 by the Michigan Propane Gas Association.
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Lawmaker joins elite group of only six honorees in 25 years
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., is the first elected official and one of only six recipients over the last 25 years to be named a "Champion of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, headquartered in Midland.
Rep. Gary Glenn points to a plaque featuring the six individuals -- including himself -- who over the last quarter-century have been named "Champions of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Glenn Monday said he "has been honored to stand with the Associated Builders and Contractors for the last four decades in promoting the principles of free enterprise and competition that create jobs, grow our economy, and give society the best products and services at the best price."
Jimmy Greene, president and CEO of the contractors' organization, said "since the organization was formed in 1977, we have championed free enterprise and acknowledged those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to furthering that principle."
"In that time, we have previously awarded this honor to only five individuals," Greene said. "This year, based on his continued and outstanding advocacy of eliminating the state of Michigan’s 'prevailing wage' law, we have overwhelmingly supported naming our sixth recipient, state Rep. Gary Glenn."
Glenn two weeks ago was the lead speaker during floor debate in the state House of Representatives in favor of legislation to repeal the state "prevailing wage" law, which required that union scale wages and benefits be paid on all government construction projects including schools, other government buildings, and state roadways. The half century old state mandate is estimated to have added 20 percent or more to the cost to taxpayers of such projects.
The five individuals who preceded Glenn in the distinction include:
* Three prominent members and/or founders of the Greater Michigan chapter of ABC -- Jim Johnson of J.E. Johnson Co., Gary Elza of G.E. Insulation Co., and Brian Stadler of Wolgast Corp.
* Two prominent executives of The Dow Chemical Company -- former Michigan Operations Manager Rich Wells, and outgoing CEO Andrew Liveris.
"It is humbling to be listed among such a distinguished group of men who've made such dramatically positive contributions to the economic success of our communities in mid-Michigan," Glenn said.
On the House floor, Rep. Gary Glenn led the successful repeal of Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law, a government price-fixing scheme that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more on government construction projects such as public roads and schools.
Pastor and former Fox News host, Gov. Mike Huckabee, has endorsed state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., in the 2018 Republican primary election for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
"Gary Glenn has been a nationally recognized leader throughout his adult life," Huckabee said. "Whether in helping lead the astonishing effort to make Michigan a Right to Work state, or coauthoring Michigan's voter-approved Marriage Protection Amendment, or as county commissioner in the 90s authoring the first Health Savings Account for county employees anywhere in America, Gary has led on the toughest issues time after time."
"It's also important to me that Gary is the only Republican in this primary who served our country in uniform, and who's firmly committed to protecting our 2nd Amendment right to defend ourselves and our families," Huckabee said.
Glenn said he is "honored to have the support of one of the most eloquent and effective defenders of traditional Christian faith and values in America today."
Glenn's campaign is airing a radio advertisement featuring Huckabee's endorsement.
"Family values and being pro-life and believing in old-fashioned marriage have never been under assault like they are now," Huckabee says in the ad. "A very special friend, Gary Glenn, has been one of the stalwart and key people who has not flinched or wavered in his commitment to pro-life and pro-family values."
“Gary has been absolutely committed to maintaining a steady and solid course for truth. I'm grateful for that," Huckabee says in the ad. "If we had leaders like Gary Glenn across America, our work wouldn't be so hard. Unfortunately, not everybody has his convictions, or his courage.”
Sen. Mike Green ranked second most conservative in state Senate
Lansing, Mi. -- Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has received a third national-level award for compiling the most conservative voting record in the state House of Representatives.
Glenn -- who in 2018 is running for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties -- for the third year in a row was named recipient of the "Award for Conservative Excellence" by the American Conservative Union, a national organization founded in 1964 that promotes the "three-legged stool" of fiscally and socially conservative principles as well as a strong national defense.
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, was ranked the second most conservative member of the state Senate in 2017. Green, who is term-limited and cannot run for reelection, is supporting Glenn's candidacy to succeed him in the Senate.
"It's a priority of mine to demonstrate, by example, that a legislator can be faithful to conservative principles of government and be effective at the same time. You don't have to compromise one to be the other," Glenn said. "I also hope my voting record these last three years will make clear to families in Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties that they can trust me to continue Sen. Green's conservative voting record in the state Senate."
Glenn won the third award based on his 2017 voting record, in which he tied with ten fellow Republicans -- including Speaker of the House Tom Leonard -- in voting conservative on 95 percent of the twenty roll call votes graded by ACU.
Glenn tied with two fellow Republicans in 2015 and 2016 for the most conservative voting record in the House, voting conservative on 94 percent and 96 percent, respectively, of the roughly two dozen roll call votes selected each year by ACU.
Glenn's lifetime ACU average after three years in the state House of Representatives is 95 percent.
"ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Michigan Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles," the Washington, D.C.-based group said in a news release announcing the awards.
"We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the 'three-legged stool': 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues are designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property."
Glenn after his first year in office was also chosen from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by reporters for Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the Capitol's oldest daily news service, based primarily on his leadership on energy and private property rights issues.
He has also been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and "Legislator of the Year" by both the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and the Michigan Propane Dealers Association.
Midland, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, has been endorsed in the August 2018 primary election by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which includes member companies that do business in all three counties.
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., left, and Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Michigan chapter CEO and President Jimmy Greene, after a news conference kicking off a local petition drive to repeal Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law.
Jimmy Greene, Midland, president and CEO of the Greater Michigan chapter, said "there have been fewer stronger and louder voices for all of ABC's issues in Lansing, and we all feel a loyalty to Gary that’s been earned over his two terms in the state House of Representatives."
Glenn Friday expressed his thanks for the construction contractors' support. "Associated Builders and Contractors is a widely recognized leader in Michigan's construction industry," Glenn said, "and in tirelessly advocating for America's free enterprise system, skilled trades training, workplace freedom and rights of conscience, and quality construction standards and competitive bidding to ensure the highest-quality construction of public buildings at least cost to taxpayers."
"ABC's member contractors employ 85 percent of the highly-skilled construction workforce in Michigan," Glenn said, "and their leadership in training and placing skilled tradesmen and women in good-paying jobs is recognized both statewide and nationally. I couldn't be prouder to be associated with their member contractors and skilled trades workforce and to have their support."
Greene noted that Glenn -- even before being elected to the House in 2014 -- was a leader in the successful 2012 drive to enact Michigan's Right to Work law, which prohibits compulsory union membership or financial support as a condition of employment. Michigan has been among the nation's leaders in job creation and income growth since the law's passage, Greene said, "for which Rep. Glenn certainly deserves his share of the credit."
Glenn was also recognized nationally for his leadership on that issue, Greene said, being named recipient of the 2015 Senator Everett M. Dirksen Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by the National Right to Work Committee to an individual “making the most outstanding contribution to public awareness and understanding of the Right to Work principle.”
That same year, Greene and Glenn held a news conference at ABC's Midland office to kick off a regional petition drive for another ABC priority, legislation to repeal Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law, which requires contractors in all areas to pay union scale wages and benefits on all government construction projects, as set by more expensive union contracts in urban areas. Greene said the law costs taxpayers up to $400 million a year extra in construction of schools and roads.
Glenn called the law "an antiquated government price-fixing scheme that has only one effect, and that is to cost taxpayers more money." He said he will be a leader in the House in support of repeal once the state Supreme Court upholds the validity of the citizens petition drive that will put the measure before lawmakers for a vote.
Greene noted that the statewide Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan -- of which the Greater Michigan chapter is a member -- in 2016 presented Glenn its "Legislator of the Year" award.
The ABC chapter's members include Boyle Construction, Bay Aggregate, and Northern Concrete in Bay City; Wolgast Construction, which does business in Lapeer County; and G&G Electric in Caro.
Glenn's candidacy is also supported by term-limited state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who cannot run for reelection to the seat. Glenn faces former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, in the August Republican primary.
Daley voted for over $400 million in tax subsidies
Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., is one of only 22 state legislators out of the nearly 500 who've served in Lansing since 2001 who has never voted to give state tax dollars to any individual business or developer, according to a new study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the nation's largest state-based free market think tank. Glenn was on staff with the Center over 20 years ago.
Glenn Friday said "it's not a proper role of government to take money from taxpayers and redistribute it in payments to any particular business or developer. Instead, we should create a business-friendly economy and tax and regulatory climate in which all businesses have the opportunity to compete and succeed on their merits."
"It's simply not fair to give one business a competitive advantage of being subsidized with money from everyone else's tax dollars, including the taxes paid by that business's own competitors," Glenn said.
Glenn is a candidate in the Aug. 7th Republican primary for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
By comparison, his primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, voted during his six years in the state House of Representatives to give $427 million in tax dollars to individual businesses, the study said, providing them the competitive advantage of a government subsidy not given to competing businesses.
See full MCPP study at: http://www.mackinac.org/new-scorecard-ranks-every-michigan-legislator-on-corporate-handouts
"This is just one more issue on which I offer Republican primary voters a clearly more conservative choice," Glenn said.
He cited Daley's support for Proposal 1, a $2 billion roads tax increase in 2014 that was rejected on the May 2015 ballot by over 85 percent of voters in the 31st state Senate district. Daley also voted in favor of imposing the state income tax on senior citizens' pensions. Glenn prominently opposed both.
Glenn also noted that the last time he ran in 2016, he was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which gave him an A+ grade and, according to VoteSmart.org, scored his voting record as 100 percent supportive of NRA-backed legislation.
The last time Daley ran for office in 2014, he was not endorsed and received a B-minus from the NRA, which scored his voting record at only 57 percent supportive of NRA-backed legislation, according to VoteSmart.
Auburn, Mi. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, Monday said that Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison are using corporate funds to finance nearly $300,000 on television and radio ads aired over the last month promoting the candidacy of his Republican primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum.
"Michigan's current monopoly system, which as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee I've vocally opposed, guarantees Consumers and DTE a 10 percent annual profit from the money we're all forced to pay them for our electricity bills. That means monopoly utility bosses have millions in state-guaranteed profits to spend on deceptive TV ads trying to handpick and elect politicians -- such as Kevin Daley -- who they believe won't stand up to their Lansing lobbyists or threaten their monopoly privileges," Glenn said.
"Monopoly utility bosses know that if I'm elected to the state Senate, I'll continue to oppose their government-privileged monopoly and promote Electricity Choice to give homeowners, businesses, farmers, and schools the freedom to buy electricity from the cheapest provider available," Glenn said.
Glenn supports giving all electricity customers the freedom to choose, but in order to illustrate the negative economic effects of Consumers' and DTE's monopoly status, he has introduced legislation to exempt all farms and food processing operations from the existing cap on Electricity Choice. Electricity is the biggest cost of doing business for the Michigan Sugar Co. in Bay City, the POET ethanol plant in Caro, and the Dairy Farmers of America facility in Cass City.
He's also supported legislation to exempt all public schools from the Electricity Choice cap. The program has saved $200,000 for public schools in Bay County, over $800,000 in Tuscola County, and over $1.5 million for schools in Lapeer County. Schools save $17 million a year under the program, according to Tuscola ISD Supt. Gene Pierce, president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative, but 75 percent of the state's schools by law are blocked from participating in the program, being forced to buy from Consumers and DTE because of their government-granted monopoly.
Glenn noted that utility lobbyists' TV and radio ads promoting Daley deceptively don't mention such energy issues at all, but repeatedly mention Daley's name without expressly advocating his election, which under IRS 501(c)(4) regulations allows utility lobbyists to finance the ads with corporate funds without being required to disclose the source of the funding.
In a May 10th report, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network reported that a secretive front group called "Faithful Conservatives for Michigan" had spent over $100,000 on the ads promoting Daley. http://mcfn.org/node/6901/it-will-send-a-message-some-of-the-first-state-senate-ads-of-2018-are-funded-by-secret-donors
That figure has since grown to nearly $300,000, according to a more recent review of public records the Federal Communications Commission requires television and radio stations to make available to the public.
"Faithful Conservatives for Michigan," which refused to identify its board of directors or source of funding to MCFN, nonetheless shares the same street address -- 2145 Commons Parkway, a law firm in Okemos, east of Lansing (see attached photo) -- with another utility front group, "Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy," which a Consumers Energy spokesman in a 2014 MLIVE interview admitted the utility finances using corporate funds. https://www.bizapedia.com/addresses/2145-commons-parkway-okemos-mi-48864.html
Over the last three years, that front group has aired TV ads opposing Michigan's "electricity choice" program and defending utilities' monopoly status, under which Consumers and DTE are guaranteed 90 percent of the electricity market in their respective service areas plus a 10 percent annual profit by law. http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/02/michigan_consumers_energy_elec.html
"Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy" has also run a reported $55,000 in radio ads over the last month promoting the state Senate candidacy of Rep. Brett Roberts, who has supported utility executives' monopoly status. Roberts is opposed in the Republican primary by Rep. Tom Barrett, who agrees with Glenn that electricity customers should not be forced to buy from a monopoly utility.
Glenn said utility lobbyists got sloppy and tipped their hand when -- according to publicly-available records at WSGW Radio in Saginaw -- "Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy," the front group Consumers Energy has admitted it funds, scheduled a radio buy in Glenn's media market and then later switched the buy to "Faithful Conservatives for Michigan," which utility spokesmen have thus far publicly refused to confirm or deny funding. Glenn said Consumers Energy has admitted in private conversations, however, that the corporation is responsible for funding the Daley ads.
Three other related "dark money" front groups also list 2145 Commons Parkway, Okemos, the law office of attorney Eric Doster, as their street address:
* Michigan's Voice, which in 2016 spent tens of thousands of dollars on mailings attacking state Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, in his special election campaign to fill the state House seat vacated by former Rep. Todd Courser, who resigned. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/29/gop-challenger-gamrat-mystery-attack/74835628/
* "Save Roads Yes" and "Michigan Citizens for Better Roads and Schools," which lists Democratic political strategist Howard Edelson as its treasurer, both of which supported Proposal 1, the May 2015 statewide ballot measure rejected by voters that would have raised Michigan's gas and sales taxes by $2 billion.
Glenn has made Proposal 1 a focal point of his state Senate campaign, citing Daley's vote in favor of the $2 billion tax increase, which Daley called "historic" and "sustainable" in comments published in late 2014 by the Lapeer County Press. Glenn and now-Congressman Paul Mitchell were leaders of the ballot campaign opposing the massive tax hike, which Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected, including 85 percent of voters in Bay County and 88 percent of voters in Lapeer and Tuscola counties who voted against it.
"The same monopoly utility bosses who doubled or tripled many homeowners' electricity bills this past winter, who've turned people's power off if they object to having so-called "smart meters" installed, and who are pushing to put industrial wind turbine projects up across our rural landscapes, they're the ones who are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to elect Kevin Daley to the state Senate," Glenn said. "It's entirely reasonable for voters, every time they see one of those 'faithful family farmer' ads that utility bosses are buying for Daley, to ask why."
Glenn noted that during a Consumers Energy shareholders meeting earlier this month, a proposal by shareholders -- to require utility executives to publicly disclose corporate spending on advertising intended to affect the outcome of legislation or elections -- was narrowly defeated, 55 to 45 percent, after Consumers' board of directors urged shareholders to reject it.
Glenn said in response that he would introduce legislation requiring utility monopolies to disclose such spending.
"Electrical utilities are the only corporations in Michigan who have the privilege of a government-guaranteed 90 percent of the market plus a government-guaranteed 10 percent profit each year," Glenn said. "As long as monopoly utility bosses enjoy those government-granted privileges, ratepayers have a right to know how much of the money that utility bosses collect from our electricity bills is being used to try to buy elections and block legislation that would allow electricity customers more freedom of choice."
Glenn said he assumes utility executives "thought they were being clever" in naming their newest front group, "Faithful Conservatives for Michigan," hoping it would offset what Glenn believes are among his biggest strengths among Republican primary voters:
* He was ranked as the most conservative member of the state House of Representatives in each of his first two years in office by the American Conservative Union, based on his votes on fiscal, social, and veterans issues. His voting record was also graded A+ by the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election, which graded Daley only a B-minus in his last race in 2014 against Sen. Mike Green.
* As president of the American Family Association of Michigan for nearly two decades, Glenn has led a faith-based advocacy group for traditional family values, in which capacity he coauthored with Catholic law professor Patrick Gillen the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by nearly 60 percent of voters on the 2004 statewide ballot.
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House Energy Policy Committee to hear bills later this month
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, discusses a package of bipartisan Energy Freedom legislation unveiled Tuesday during a news conference at the state Capitol in Lansing. Rep. Glenn’s legislation, House Bill 5861, is the main bill in a package intended to allow homeowners, farmers, businesses, and other individuals or organizations the freedom to form cooperatives to own solar or other renewable energy sources without being dependent on monopoly utilities such as Consumers Energy or Detroit Edison. Glenn’s bill will allow more innovative and diverse methods to power homes, businesses, churches, or agricultural production and processing activities at lower costs for electricity.
Rep. Glenn is joined at the news conference by other bill sponsors (from right) Rep. Steve Johnson R-Wayland; Chairman Glenn; Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor; Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte; and Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet.
Rep. Glenn plans to have committee hearings on the bills later this month.