Jack O’Malley (R)

Background:

Jack O’Malley is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives running for reelection to represent District 101.

He was first elected to represent District 101 in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 2018 general election. His current term ends Dec. 31, 2020.

O’Malley serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, and also serves on the Tax Policy, Energy, and Education committees.

O’Malley is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media. After college, O’Malley spent 34 years hosting a morning show on WTCM FM. To learn more, check out his campaign website. 

Endorsements:

The Michigan Farm Bureau

Right to Life of Michigan

The Police Officers Association of Michigan

The Small Business Association of Michigan

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Issues:

Environment: “Being born and raised in Michigan I know freshwater is our treasure.” O’Malley says he voted yes on efforts to control Michigan’s PFAS problem, though the exact legislation is not specified. He also says he introduced a high water/erosion task force. O’Malley is also interested in creating a statewide septic code.

Education: “As our school year skidded to a suspension in March, I was proud of how our teachers and staff changed gears to keep kids learning at home. The thousands of meals delivered district wide. Diversity pulled everyone together and good things emerged. How the new school year unfolds in the fall we shall all see.” O’Malley lists making sure flexibility is allowed and strong funding as his education priorities. He also supports skilled trades education.

Roads: “As Chairman of Transportation I lead the charge for reforms in how our road dollars were being directed and spent. I fought for more money for local roads…not just downstate big cities. The pandemic may cause a few more hurdles we need to jump but my focus will continue to be every penny at the pump going to roads and fixing the worst roads in the state, the local roads. The ones you drive everyday.” O’Malley has not listed any specific goals or policies regarding the issue of Michigan roads.

Flooding and Erosion: “This summer is expected to continue to see our lakes and streams rise. Which means we can’t yet begin restoring all our infrastructure as more damaged is expected.” O’Malley wants to expedite the permit process. He has also introduced legislation to institute a task force to help prepare for future flooding.

Sponsored Legislation (not a complete list):

HR 0066 of 2019 – A resolution to declare April 15-21, 2019, as Aviation Week in the state of Michigan.

HR 0143 of 2019 –  A resolution to support the U.S. cherry industry’s petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission stating unfair trade practices against Turkey and to urge the Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce to take action protecting U.S. cherry farmers.

HB 4267 of 2019 – House Bill 4267 would amend Part 353 (Sand Dunes Protection and Management) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to require the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to issue a special exception regarding an activity in a critical dune area under certain circumstances.

HB 5038 of 2019 House Bill 5038 would amend the Pupil Transportation Act to prohibit an individual from entering a school bus without the permission of the school bus driver. The prohibition would not apply to students, preschoolers, teachers or chaperones of students, or other persons authorized to protect property or the health, safety, and welfare of students or others. [Note: As written and punctuated, the actual scope of this exception is unclear.] A violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days or a fine of up to $100, or both. The bill would also prohibit an individual from entering a school bus with the intent to do bodily harm.

Top Donors:

Chatfield Majority Fund

Chatfield Majority Fund 2

DTE Energy Company PAC

Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification PAC

Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association PAC

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.