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Boundaries: Includes the southern portion of Rochester Hills and a northern portion of Troy with a portion of Auburn Hills.
First elected: November 2006
Current term: January 1, 2013 -December 31, 2014
Oakland County Board of Commissioners
1200 North Telegraph Road
Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341-0421
Phone: 248-858-0100 (County); Cell: 248-250-3822.
Fax: 248-267-9860; 248-858-1572 (County)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- General Government: Member
- Planning & Building: Member
Board of Commissioners Service History:
- Troy City Council 1993-1997--Member
- State Representative 1999 - 2002 and 2005 - 2006
- Troy City Charter Revision Committee 1990-1993
- Oakland County Board of Commissioners 2007-Present --Member (4th term)
- Chairman-- Employment Relation, Train and Safety--Michigan House of Representatives
- Michigan House of Representatives Committees Tax Policy--Education--Government Operations --Transportation and Health Policy.
Oakland County Achievements:
- Secured 2,000,000 million dollars for Rail-to-Trails-Clinton River Trail.
- M-59 & Adams Interchange w/Adams Road
- Crooks/M-59 Interchange, I-75 widening 8 Mile to Square Lake Road, M-59 --3 Lane to Macomb County, and reworked Auburn Road, and Adams to Dequindre.
Spearheaded: Successful effort to defeat Lansing's Internet tax legislation.
Spearheaded: Defeat of fuel tax increase.
Spearheaded: Defeat of measure that would buy jet aircraft for state elected officials.
Spearheaded: Effort to cap 6% sales tax on gasoline at $1.20/gallon (even when gas cost more).
Spearheaded: Saving taxpayers $10 million in acquisition costs, and saving jobs, by prevailing on MDOT to redesign a connector round around the Troy Delphi facility.
Spearheaded: Legislation reining-in Ameritech by limiting "local long distance" rates and mandating better customer service.
A Gosselin-sponsored hearing in Oakland County "broke the logjam" that had held up reform. Newspaper articles authored by Robert Gosselin spurred legislators to finish the job.
Spearheaded: Legislation that saved GM Tech Center by removing a legal roadblock to a local tax abatement.
Spearheaded: Successful legislation giving police and firefighters the human right to live where they choose, not just where they work (including Detroit).
Spearheaded: An effort to build a consensus in Lansing for no budget increases greater than the rate of inflation.
Spearheaded: Defeating transit legislation (DARTA) that would have levied up to $2 billion in new regional taxes to bolster Detroit's corrupt, union-dominated transit system.
Spearheaded: Effort to defeat the 2002 "Shift and Shaft" property tax increase that moved December school taxpayers more every year.
Spearheaded: Legislation to preempt local "living-wage" ordinances that kill jobs, waste millions of taxpayer dollars, and reduce city services.
Spearheaded: Defeat of a job-killing measure that would have imposed higher unemployment insurance taxes on businesses by raising benefits to excessive levels.
Spearheaded: A bill in Lansing to lower the drunk driving intoxication level from .10 to .08 blood alcohol content.
Spearheaded: Tough penalties for "fake doctors." Gosselin-authored legislation, now Public Act 167 of 1999, was passed when several Oakland citizens were harmed by a fake doctor who had forged medical licenses.
Spearheaded: "Millage Voters Right to Know" Act. Gosselin authored Public Act 248 of 1999, a state law that requires full disclosure in the language of local millage-hike and bond issue votes.
Spearheaded: Legislation to post "IN GOD WE TRUST" in capitol building in Lansing.
Spearheaded: Legislation to post the "TEN COMMANDMENTS" in the capitol building in Lansing.
Spearheaded: Legislation to change "Holiday Tree" to "CHRISTMAS TREE" in Lansing, on capitol grounds.
In the Community:
- Worked on over 50 committees in Oakland County during elections.
- Sponsored and co-sponsored 215 Bills that became part of the State Law--MCL.
- Spearheaded: Troy Term Limits petition drive. Changed city charter to limit council terms.
- Spearheaded: "Cut-and Cap" Troy property taxes petition drive.
- Spearheaded: Petition drive to require voter approval for any new city debt.
- Spearheaded: Reform SOCCRA. Led successful multi-city effort to reform solid waste agency bureaucracy, and cut fees for residents.
- Spearheaded: Rein-in SOCCRA. Stopped proposal to waste taxpayer dollars on Rochester Hills golf course.
- Spearheaded: Defeat of draconian "wetlands and natural features" ordinance that would have infringed the property rights and reduced the property values of some 5,000 Troy property owners.
- Spearheaded: Saving taxpayers some $2 million by using "tubular type" road sign structures rather than the more expensive "erector square type."
- Spearheaded: Campaign to give local restaurants the right to the offer outdoor dining.
- Spearheaded: Building a consensus on the Troy City Council, that city budgets should never increase faster than the rate of inflation.
- Helped Spearheaded: Bringing "Nino Salvaggio" fruit market to Troy.
- Helped Spearheaded: Bringing the "Troy Sport Center" ice arenas to Troy.
- Helped Spearhead: The defeat of an unfair regional "Arts Tax."
- Local Chairman of Troy/Clawson chapter of Michigan Civil Rights Initiative petition drive, to ban racial preferences in state government and state college admissions.
- Spearheading the Troy/Clawson area campaign for "the people's override" of the governor's veto of a partial birth abortion ban. This petition drive will end partial birth abortions in Michigan.
- Local Chairman of petition drive in Troy/Clawson for a state "Defense of Marriage" constitutional amendment that will define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
- Helped lead the defeat of city 29% tax increase in February, 2010
- Helped lead the defeat of the Troy Library tax increase in November, 2010
Commissioner Robert Gosselin is married to Jan and has three children. He has been a resident of Troy for 37 years. He attended Lawrence Technological University, where he studied engineering. He is a Senior Designer of Electrical Systems Engineering for General Motors. He is also a licensed builder, licensed realtor and licensed heating contractor.