Jim Townsend (Michigan politician)

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Jim Townsend
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
Preceded by Marie Donigan
Succeeded by Jim Ellison
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennie
Children Jack (b. 1998) and Will (b. 2000)
Residence Royal Oak, Michigan
Alma mater University of North Carolina
University of Michigan
Website Rep. Jim Townsend

Jim Townsend represented the 26th district in the Michigan House of Representatives from January 2011 until January 2017. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Personal life and education[edit]

Townsend earned a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina in 1988. He earned a dual MBA/MPP from the University of Michigan in 1997.[1]


Townsend was first elected to the state house in 2010. In explaining his reelection bid, Townsend stated, "I am running because the promise of a middle class life in Michigan is being broken for too many of our people. We need a state government that will stand up to special interests and invest in the public goods like education that are crucial to creating good-paying jobs for our people."[1]

In 2013, Townsend introduced legislation that called for universal background checks for gun buyers.[2]

Townsend has worked for Ford, and helped found the Michigan suburbs alliance.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Davids, Judy (29 July 2012). "Jim Townsend, Candidate for State Representative, House District 2". RoyalOak Patch. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Davids, Judy (21 May 2013). "Rep. Jim Townsend Introduces Gun Safety Legislation". Royal Oak Patch. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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