Thaddeus McCotter

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Thaddeus G. McCotter was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 11th district, since 2003. He was the head of the Republican Policy Committee for the 110th Congress, and continued in that role during the 111th Congress.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

In an Aug. 30, 2007 posting on McCotter argued that the "surge" in Iraq was working. He asked that when Gen. Patraeus issued his Sept. 15 report to Congress that Americans focus on the local tribes, town and provinces where the surge was "delivering both the eradication of the insurgents and localized reconstruction projects," enabling an "election for freedom" by Iraqis who were choosing between American-allied forces and insurgents. Focusing on failures by the Iraqi parliament to meet political benchmarks set by Congress in early 2007 was getting things "absolutely backwards," McCotter wrote, "We cannot abandon Iraq’s fledgling democracy – or any democracy – under terrorist attack. The War for Freedom must be won through ideological, political, economic, diplomatic and – as an ultimate resort – martial means." [1]

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For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

McCotter cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[2]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


McCotter was born August 22, 1965 in Livonia, Michigan. He received a B.A. from the University of Detroit in 1987 and a J.D. from the same school in 1990. He had a private law practice before being elected to the Wayne County Commission in 1992. While on the Commission, he helped change the county charter to require that new taxes win the approval of 2/3rds of the Commission and 60% of voters in order to be passed. McCotter was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1998.

Congressional career

As a State Senator, McCotter helped design the U.S. Congressional district from which he was elected in 2002 for the 108th Congress. He was re-elected in the 2004 Congressional elections. Following the 2006 midterm elections, McCotter was selected as the head of the House Republican Policy Committee for the 110th Congress.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Tony Trupiano to face McCotter in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] McCotter retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


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Wikipedia also has an article on Thaddeus McCotter. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


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Articles and Resources


  1. Thad McCotter, "Battle of 'The Bums',", Aug. 30, 2007.
  3. Members, Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, accessed July 30, 2008.

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