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Raymond Basham (Dist. 14)

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Commissioner Raymond E. Basham was elected to the Wayne County Commission in 2010 after serving for two terms in the Michigan Senate.

Born in Roanoke, Va., Basham served with the Air Force from 1962-66, before becoming an employee with Ford Motor Co. from 1969-97. During his tenure with Ford, he was appointed as an employee support services representative for the United Auto Workers Local 245. He also served on various UAW committees, including the bargaining and education committees.

Basham, a Democrat, served as an auxiliary police officer for the city of Taylor from 1979-84. He was later elected as the constable in Taylor, serving from 1987-89. He was elected to the Taylor City Council in 1989 and served until 1997. That year, Basham won a special election to serve as a state representative. He went on to win re-election in 1998 and 2000. Basham served in the state Senate from 2003-09.

Basham and his wife, Iva, live in Taylor and have two children, Brian and Tracy, and four grandchildren.

Representing: Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Woodhaven and Taylor.
Chair of the Committee on Audit
Staff: Brian Peters , Aidan Higgins
Phone: (313) 224-0876
Fax: (313) 967-1234

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Commissioner Basham: State House bill threatens Great Lakes
Commissioner Basham: State House bill threatens Great Lakes
Friday, March 02, 2018
House Bill 5638 would allow farms and businesses digging irrigation wells to provide their own analysis of the impact their use would have. Farms would also be exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act, keeping the public in the dark.
Commission's Office of Legislative Auditor General praised for savings to taxpayers in 2017
Commission's Office of Legislative Auditor General praised for savings to taxpayers in 2017
Friday, January 26, 2018
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham praised the county's Office of Legislative Auditor General after release of its annual report.
Wayne County Commissioner Basham calls attention to EPA public hearing on hazardous wells
Wayne County Commissioner Basham calls attention to EPA public hearing on hazardous wells
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Commissioner Basham believes that increasing pressure in two hazardous injection wells can potentially spread hazardous waste over a large area of Wayne County.
Wayne County Auditor General's office once again receives high marks in peer review process
Wayne County Auditor General's office once again receives high marks in peer review process
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wayne County's auditing policies and procedures have again received high marks after review by an outside agency.
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham to hold forum on religious diversity
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham to hold forum on religious diversity
Friday, August 25, 2017
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham will be holding a Conversation on Downriver's Religious Diversity on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Brownstown Event Center, 23451 King Road in Brownstown Township.
Commissioner Basham to hold update meeting on I-75 construction project
Commissioner Basham to hold update meeting on I-75 construction project
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham will hold a meeting Tuesday, May 16, to provide the public with updates on the Detroit/Downriver I-75 construction project.
Commissioner Basham to hold ID Card event for Veterans on March 24 at Taylor City Hall
Commissioner Basham to hold ID Card event for Veterans on March 24 at Taylor City Hall
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wayne County Commissioner Basham will hold an ID Card event for county military veterans.
Commissioner Basham urges driving safety, updates 2017 road projects
Commissioner Basham urges driving safety, updates 2017 road projects
Monday, December 19, 2016
Commissioner Raymond Basham represents the 14th District, which covers Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Taylor and Woodhaven.
Commissioner Raymond Bashams summer 2016 newsletter
Commissioner Raymond Bashams summer 2016 newsletter
Monday, June 20, 2016
Commissioner Raymond Basham represents the 14th District, which covers Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Taylor and Woodhaven.
Commissioner Basham honors Pia's Ristorante Italiano for 61 years of service in Taylor
Commissioner Basham honors Pia's Ristorante Italiano for 61 years of service in Taylor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Commissioner Raymond Basham, D-Taylor, recently honored Pia's Ristorante Italiano with a resolution honoring the eatery for 61 years of business in Taylor.
Commissioner Basham honors Angler's Marine Prop & Sail Inc. in Taylor for 53 years of service
Commissioner Basham honors Angler's Marine Prop & Sail Inc. in Taylor for 53 years of service
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham, D-Taylor, recently presented a resolution to Robert and Douglas Reimel of Angler's Marine Prop & Sail Inc. in Taylor for 53 years of service to the community.
Commissioner Basham to host public forum on religious tolerance
Commissioner Basham to host public forum on religious tolerance
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham, D-Taylor, will host a 'Public Forum on Religious Tolerance' at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Council Chambers at Taylor City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road.
Wayne County Commission terminates unfinished jail construction audit from 2013
Wayne County Commission terminates unfinished jail construction audit from 2013
Thursday, March 03, 2016
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously March 3 to terminate the Wayne County Consolidated Jail Facility construction audit that was started in 2013 and ordered stopped that year, before the audit was completed.
Commissioner Basham honors Woodhaven mayor for her involvement with Downriver dog care group
Commissioner Basham honors Woodhaven mayor for her involvement with Downriver dog care group
Friday, February 19, 2016
Woodhaven Mayor Patricia Odette accepted a resolution from Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham on Feb. 16, thanking her for her volunteer work with C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc., a nonprofit group.
Commission Committee Audit Chairman Basham praises county's Office of Legislative Auditor General
Commission Committee Audit Chairman Basham praises county's Office of Legislative Auditor General
Monday, February 15, 2016
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham, who chairs the Committee on Audit, strongly praised the county's Office of Legislative Auditor General for its efforts after it released its 2015 annual report, as required by the county charter. ...
Commission adopts resolution opposing relaxed air pollution permits at Detroit refinery
Commission adopts resolution opposing relaxed air pollution permits at Detroit refinery
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Wayne County Commission unanimously adopted a resolution Jan. 21 opposing proposed changes to the air quality pollution permits for the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery at 1300 S. Fort St., Detroit.
Commission approves new county credit card use ordinance, strengthens vehicle use ordinance
Commission approves new county credit card use ordinance, strengthens vehicle use ordinance
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Commissioner Raymond Basham, D-Taylor, initiated both measures based on the work of the county's Office of Legislative Auditor General, which works closely with the Commission's Committee on Audit, which he chairs.
Wayne County commissioner upset over latest rejection for TIGER grant
Wayne County commissioner upset over latest rejection for TIGER grant
Friday, October 30, 2015
Downriver motorists will have to wait longer for relief from long waits for trains.
Opinion: Consider giving to social-service agencies, rather than directly to street-corner panhandlers
Opinion: Consider giving to social-service agencies, rather than directly to street-corner panhandlers
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I am frequently reminded of a quote that has many versions and has been attributed to many in history - that is, to paraphrase: 'The measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members.'
Commissioner Basham to hold three in-district Town Hall meetings to address county issues
Commissioner Basham to hold three in-district Town Hall meetings to address county issues
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham, D-Taylor, will hold three Town Hall meetings in the 14th District to discuss county issues - especially significant financial concerns - and provide residents the opportunity to ask questions. ...
Commissioner Basham honors Matador Restaurant for more than 60 years in community
Commissioner Basham honors Matador Restaurant for more than 60 years in community
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) presented a resolution March 17 to the management of Matador Restaurant in Taylor for 61 years of service to Wayne County residents.
Commissioner Basham honors Rony's Body Shop for more than 50 years of service
Commissioner Basham honors Rony's Body Shop for more than 50 years of service
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) presented a resolution Jan. 21 to the management of Rony's Body Shop in Taylor for more than 50 years of service to Wayne County residents.