Raymond E. Basham

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Raymond E. Basham
Member of the
Wayne County Commission
from the 14th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Edward A. Boike, Jr.
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 8th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Loren Bennett
Succeeded by Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
June 18, 1997 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Greg Pitoniak
Succeeded by Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Personal details
Born (1945-05-24) May 24, 1945 (age 71)
Roanoke, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Iva
Profession organized labor
Religion Christian

Raymond Edward Basham (born May 24, 1945) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was a Democratic member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 8th District from 2003-9. His district was located in central Wayne County. Previously he was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002.[1][2] He currently serves as a member of the Wayne County Commission.


Raymond Basham has lived in Taylor for nearly 40 years. Raymond and his wife Iva have two children: Brian, age thirty-eight and Tracy, age thirty-one; and four grandchildren named Zach, Jacob, Karlie, and Shelby.


Basham served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966.

From 1969 to 1997, he was employed by the Ford Motor Company. During his tenure, he was appointed as an Employee Support Services Representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 245. He also served on various UAW committees, including the bargaining committee and education committee.

Basham served as an Auxiliary Police Officer from 1979 to 1984. He was appointed to the Taylor Water Commission in 1984, and served until 1985.

Political career[edit]

Basham was elected as the Constable in Taylor, and served from 1987 to 1989. He was elected to the Taylor City Council in 1989, and served until 1997.

That year, Basham won a special election to serve as a State Representative. He went on to win re-election in 1998 and 2000. Basham was elected to serve in the Michigan State Senate in 2002, and won re-election in 2006. He was then elected to the Wayne County Commission in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

Legislative Issues[edit]

It was while Basham was working at Ford Motor Company that he first became aware of the issue of second-hand smoke. It was also while he was at Ford that Basham became directly involved with smoking and second-hand smoke as an employee support services representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 245.

"I was involved in smoking cessation and other programs with the UAW," he said. "I had numerous complaints of second-hand smoke, and we dealt with them on a case-by-case basis."[citation needed]

During Basham's service on the Taylor City Council and Planning Commission, he noticed smoking during meetings and people ignoring no smoking signs, and smoking was even allowed in the state Capitol. Mounting evidence, such as food service workers are 50 percent more likely than the general population to develop lung cancer and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified second-hand smoke as a Group A carcinogen, drove Basham to action.

"I had colleagues that would not come into the caucus room because they had ash trays on the chairs," he said.[citation needed]

Basham has championed smoke-free legislation since he was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1997, and has continued that quest in the Senate.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 election for Michigan State Senate - Michigan 8th District
Name Percent
Raymond E. Basham (D)   70.9%
Fred Kalsic (R)   26.4%
Loel Gnadt (L)   2.7%
  • 2002 election for Michigan State Senate - Michigan 8th District
Name Percent
Raymond E. Basham (D)   64.2%
Pamela S. Montelauro (R)   32.4%


  1. ^ Michigan Legislative Service Bureau (2006). Michigan Manual 2005-2006. Lansing, MI: Legislative Council, State of Michigan. p. 129. ISBN 1-878210-06-8. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ Michigan Senate Democrats (2007). "Michigan Senate Democrats: About Raymond E. Basham". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 

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