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Chair, Michigan Taxpayers Alliance
Leon Drolet was elected in November 2006 to represent the residents of District 26 in southern Macomb Township. The 2007-08 term is his first as the representative for District 26, although he was elected twice previously as the County Commissioner for District 16 in northern Clinton Township.
Drolet, a Republican, previously served on the County Board from January 1998 to March 2001, when he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in a special election to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. Janet Kukuk.
He held the District 33 State House seat through 2006. Term limits prevented him from running again. He moved from Clinton Township to Macomb Township and ran for the District 26 seat on the County Board.
For 20 years, Drolet has been an anti-tax advocate and a champion of individual rights and smaller government. He was statewide chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, the successful November 2006 ballot proposal to eliminate the use of race and gender preferences in university admissions and government hiring or contracting.
Drolet has been a leader of the conservative caucus in the State House, supporting legislation strengthening property rights for citizens and providing tax cuts to individuals and businesses.
Drolet is a founding member of the Michigan House of Representatives' Taxpayer Protection Caucus and is involved with Young Americans for Freedom. He is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus and is former chairman of both the Macomb Coalition of Republicans and the Macomb Term Limits organization.
Drolet's involvement in the community includes volunteering with the Clinton River Cleanup and the Clinton Township Goodfellows. His past work experience includes retail management and jobs with several former state representatives.
Drolet, 39, studied Political Science at Oakland University and is a graduate of the Institute for Humane Studies.
Drolet, who is single, enjoys football, travel and spending time with his family.
President, Americans for Tax Reform
Mr. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of Washington's most effective issues management strategists for over two decades.
Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at both the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. To date, President George W. Bush, 222 House members, and 47 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 6 governors and 1358 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Mr. Norquist also:
• Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America.
• Serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union.
• Serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine.
• Serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.
• Wrote the book Rock the House - an analysis of the 1994 elections, which has been translated and published in Japanese.
In the past, Mr. Norquist served as:
• A commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
• A commissioner on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service.
• Economist and chief speech-writer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984).
• Campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, 1996 Republican Platform Committees.
• Executive director of the National Taxpayers' Union.
• Executive director of the College Republicans.
In the words of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist is "the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history."
P.J. O'Rourke says, "Grover Norquist is Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupçon of Madame Defarge."
Mr. Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He and his wife, Samah, live in Washington, DC.
Chief Economist, Comerica Bank (retired)
David L. Littmann is senior economist for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a member of the Center's Board of Scholars. In January 2005, Littmann retired from Comerica Bank, where he was senior vice president and chief economist.
Littmann received his M.A. degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1967. He holds an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree from Antioch College. He also completed a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Littmann joined Comerica Bank in 1970. He was author of the Bank's business brochure entitled Economic Briefs and developed a variety of business activity indexes for many regional economies, along with a tourism index for the State of Michigan. He compiled and reported monthly on the results of the Southeast Michigan survey of the Purchasing Management Association of Detroit. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune Magazine and the prestigious Blue Chip Economic and Financial Forecast services include on their outlook panels the GDP and interest rate forecasts of Comerica's Economics Department. Littmann was ranked the 7th most accurate economic forecaster for the second half of 1999 by The Wall Street Journal.
Littmann is author of several research articles on the causes of inflation, published in Business Economics, the professional journal of the National Association of Business Economists. He writes a monthly business column appearing in The Detroiter, published by the Detroit Regional Chamber. He is a frequent book reviewer and op-ed writer for The Detroit News and is a columnist and a regular commentator in other national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, and in local and national radio and TV media as well.
Littmann was a member of The Economic Advisory Committee of The American Bankers Association in Washington. He is past president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Business Economists and is a member of the Economic Club of Detroit. He served as a Bank representative to the Michigan Efficiency Task Force in 1976. Littmann served as a director of Nixdorff-Krein Industries located in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1982 and 1985 and was elected to the Bloomfield Hills School Board where he served as trustee, treasurer, and vice-president between 1982 and 1986.
President, Kalamazoo County Taxpayers Assoc.
Raymond H. Wilson served as a Kalamazoo County Commissioner from 1992-2000. In 1995, he co-founded the Kalamazoo County Taxpayers Association, a taxpayer-advocacy group dedicated to lower taxes and streamlined government,
which grew to more than 500 dues-paying members. Its website is www.kaltax.org.
Chair, Wayne County Taxpayers Assoc.
President, Homesite Mortgage
President, Lasercom LLC