About the Senator:

Raymond Basham has lived in Taylor for the past 34 years. Raymond and his wife Iva have two children: Brian, age thirty-eight and Tracy, age thirty-one; and four grandchildren.

  • Born: 5/24/45 Roanoke, VA
  • Elected State Senator in November 2002; re-elected 2006.
  • Elected State Representative in a special election in June 1997; re-elected 1998, 2000.
  • Elected to the Taylor City Council, 1989-1997.
  • Served on the Taylor Planning Commission, 1993-1997.
  • Appointed Constable in Taylor, 1985; elected 1987-1989.
  • Appointed Water Commission in Taylor, 1984-1985.
  • Served as an Auxiliary Police Officer, 1979-1984.
  • Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, 1962-66.
  • Employed by Ford Motor Company for 28 years, 1969-1997.
  • Appointed as an Employee Support Services Representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 245, 1985-1997.
  • Elected as a Bargaining Committee Person for UAW Local 245, 1976-1995.
  • Elected as a Committee Person At-Large for UAW Local 245, 1975.
  • Elected as an Education Committee Person and/or served as a part-time Committee Person, 1972-1975.
  • Taken numerous courses in the Humanities at Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, Schoolcraft College and Wayne County Community College.

Memberships: Michigan Democratic Party, 15th District Democratic Organization, Democratic Club of Taylor, the Wolverine Masonic Lodge (Past Master) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Committee Assignments: Local, Urban and State Affairs; Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs; Natural Resources and Environment Affairs (Minority Vice-Chair), and Transportation (Minority Vice-Chair).


Lansing Office:

Office Address: 715 Farnum Bldg.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517-373-7800
Fax: 517-373-9310

Photos Courtesy of Travel Michigan, Randall McCune, Vito Palmisano, and the Traverse City CVB

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