Birth Place: Pinconning, MI, United States
Kurt Haskell was born in Pinconning, Mich. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Saginaw Valley State University, a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a master's degree in tax law from Wayne State University Law School.
He worked as an Internal Revenue Service attorney for six years before opening Haskell Law Firm in 2001. He currently has offices in Monroe and Taylor, Mich.
Haskell and his wife, Lori, award an annual scholarship to one student at Jefferson High School. They also run a nonprofit organization called Save The Monkeys. The organization helps monkeys and other endangered rain forest animals.
The Haskells reside in Michigan.
Kurt Haskell beat fellow Democrat Ruben Marquez in the August 2012 primary for Michigan's 7th Congressional District. He faces incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Walberg in the November general election.
Haskell's campaign platform includes a push for government investment in education, job training and infrastructure. He says student loan interest rates should remain low.
Haskell also says he wants to make changes to tax policy, including reviewing corporate tax rates, business tax incentives, tax credits and deductions. He says he wants the tax cuts enacted during George W. Bush's administration to expire for those making over $250,000.
Haskell is calling for a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
He also says Americans have a right to gun ownership. He supports decriminalization of marijuana at the national level, though he believes marijuana should be regulated by the states.
Haskell is proposing no cuts to senior programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Source: Associated Press