Across party lines: the Chamber PAC's bipartisan picks work for business.


The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) is the voice for business in key local, state and federal races, impacting the business climate and quality of life of Southeast Michigan.


The PAC is successful in electing pro-business candidates that are working to reduce business taxes, control the spiraling costs of health care, protect the environment and our natural resources, improve the transportation systems that connect businesses to customers and reduce the administrative and cost burden of regulatory policy on business.

Endorsement is based on several criteria, including the candidate's experience and qualifications, proven track-record of accomplishment and history of support for our pro-business public policy agenda.

"These individuals understand what it takes to create jobs and grow businesses," said Chamber PAC Board Chairman Terence A. Thomas, Sr., chief advocacy officer with St. John Health, about the 2008 endorsements. "The PAC has a strong history of success in electing candidates who support the Chamber's pro-business agenda."

Notable among the Chamber PAC's endorsements this year are Justice Cliff Taylor for re-election to the State Supreme Court, L. Brooks Patterson for Oakland County Executive and several federal legislators running for re-election to office. The Chamber PAC endorsements also include candidates running for the recently formed Macomb Charter Commission responsible for leading the county's efforts to establish a County Executive form of government.

Endorsed candidates for the 2008 election

Federal Legislators

Carl Levin (D)

John Dingell (D)

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D)

Joe Knollenberg (R)

Michigan Supreme Court

Justice Cliff Taylor (R)

State House Candidates

John Accavitti (R-Chesterfield)

Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.)

Kathy Angerer (D-Dundee)

Dick Ball (R-Bennington Twp.)

Jase Bolger (R-Richland)

Bryan Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.)

Pam Byrnes (D-Chelsea)

Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga)

Joan Bauer (D-Lansing)

Brian Calley (R-Portland)

Bill Caul (R-Mt. Pleasant)

Ed Clemente (D-Lincoln Park)

Bob Constan (D-Dearborn Heights)

Hugh Crawford (R-Novi)

Marc Corriveau (D-Northville)

Andy Coulouris (D-Saganaw)

George Cushingberry (D-Detroit)

Cindy Denby (R-Hamberg)

Larry DeShazor (R-Portage)

Andy Dillon (D-Redford)

Marie Donigan (D-Royal Oak)

Fred Durhal (D-Detroit) Kevin Elsenheimer (R-Bellaire)

Doug Geiss (D-Taylor)

Lee Gonzales (D-Flint)

Kevin Green (R-Wyoming)

Gail Haines (R-Waterford)

Richard Hammel ((D-Flushing)

Geoff Hansen (R-Hart)

Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell)

Kenneth Horn (R-Frankenmuth)

Shanelle Jackson (D-Detroit)

Bert Johnson (D-Detroit)

Andrew Kandrevas (D-Detroit)

Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy)

Eileen Kowall (R-Highland)

Kenneth Kurtz (R-Hillsdale)

Todd LaJoy (R-Canton)

Mary Treder Lang (R-Grosse Pointe Farms)

Richard LeBlanc (D-Westland)

Gabe Leland (D-Detroit)

LaMar Lemons (D-Detroit)

Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Ferndale)

Lesia Liss (D-Warren)

Pete Lund (R-Romeo)

James Marleau (R-Lake Onon)

Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City)

Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing)

Arlan Meekhof (R-Olive Twp.)

Tim Melton (D-Auburn Hills)

Kim Meltzer (R-Clinton Twp.)

Gregory Moore (R-Battle Creek)

Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham)

David Nathan (D-Detroit)

Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair)

Tom Pearce (R-Rockford)

Amy Peterman (R-Commerce TWP)

Gino Polidon (D-Dearborn)

John Proos (R-St. Joseph)

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