July 1, 2011- Thad McCotter makes his run for President official
Married- his wife is a nurse. They have three children.
A Little Bit Of Trivia
Thad McCotter was once a member of a band name the New Flying Squirrels
He is the lead guitarist for the rock and country band, the Second Amendments, which consists of a bipartisan group of Congressmen. The band played for the United States troops stationed overseas during the 2005 holiday season. The Second Amendments also played at the 2006 Picnic on the White House lawn hosted by President Bush. It is said that President Bush referred to Mr. McCotter as, “That rock and roll dude”.
1983- Graduated from Detroit Catholic High School
1987- Received a B.A. from the University of Detroit
1990- Received a J.D. from the University of Detroit
Private Sector Career:
Had a private law practice
1992- Elected to the Wayne County Commission
In this position he had an intricate part in changing the county charter to require the approval of two-thirds of the County Commission and 60% of the voters before new taxes could be passed.
1998- Elected to the Michigan State Senate
2002- Elected as the U.S. Representative to Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, where he still currently serves
U.S. House of Representatives Commissions
Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade
Party Leadership Positions
Chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee
Republican Main Street Partnership- a moderate group
Republican Study Committee- a conservative group
Positions On The Issues:
Thad McCotter is pro-life.
He has a 100% rating by the Christian Coalition, indicating he is strong on family issues.
He is a strong supporter of the Iraq War initiative.
His votes are strong in favor of government reform.
The NRA gives him an “A”, indicating he supports gun rights.
He has a strong military voting record.
He voted in favor of a border fence.
He was the first Republican in the House of Representatives to vote against the Paulson bailout, calling it “American socialism”.
He voted against ObamaCare.
In The Spotlight
Mr. McCotter has been a frequent guest panelist on the Fox News channel’s late night show, “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”.
He has also been a frequent guest on the “Dennis Miller” radio show. Dennis Miller’s pet names for Mr. McCotter is “young Thad” and “T-Mac”.
“Obviously we need to try to restore the image of the Republican Party; this quote-unquote ‘branding’ is more a message thing. In the end, you can call yourself whatever you want, but your deeds have to match your words. We need ideas.” (Washington Post- June 1, 2007)
“No good government denies God’s presence.” (Spoken in the House on November 7, 2007)
“I would remind the president of the United States that he is not the leader of a party or an ideology. He is the leader of our country. The most dangerous special interest is big government and president Obama is its lobbyist. America’s strength and salvation remains her free people, not a person. We the people do not work for government. The government works for us.” (House floor speech March 23,2010)
I must admit that I found Thad McCotter to be quite an interesting possible candidate for our next President.
When I started this candidate profile I did not know a single thing about this man. However, the more I researched the more intrigued I became.
I am very fascinated that President Bush called him the “rock-n-roll dude”. Call me old school if you will, but that intrigues me! Mr. McCotter does not strike me as the rocker kind of dude in the pictures I’ve seen of him, but there seems to be a real “down-to-earth” kind of guy behind the suit and tie.
When I began reviewing his voting record I found several issues that gave me pause. In the event Mr. McCotter does throw his hat in the ring to run for President, his voting record may come back to haunt him with conservatives on some of these issues. In the event that he does make an official bid for office I would like to have the opportunity to hold is feet to the fire, so to speak, on these issues that give me cause for concern. Some of these issues include:
- The Patriot Act- he voted to extend all aspects
- Deepwater drilling moratorium- he voted against lifting the moratorium
- Extension of unemployment benefits- he voted in favor of the extensions
- Removal of Rep. Charlie Rangel as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee- he voted against removing him
On The Web
Thad McCotter 2012 Official Website
Thad McCotter on Twitter
Thad McCotter on YouTube
Thad McCotter on Flickr
Thad McCotter for President on Facebook
Thad McCotter U.S. Representative Website