Dean Knudson

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Dean Knudson
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 30
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayApril 29, 1961
Place of birthMayville, North Dakota
Office website
Dean Knudson (b. April 29, 1961) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

On August 29, 2013, Knudson announced that he was running for the State Assembly Majority Leader position that was vacated by Scott Suder (R). He was defeated by Bill Kramer (R) in an election held on September 4, 2013.[1][2]


Knudson earned his DVM in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University, is the founder and owner of Hillcrest Animal Hospital, and has owned Veterinary Service Corporation since 2003. Knudson was mayor of Hudson, WI from 2008-2010, after serving on the Hudson City council from 1996 to 2002, and was previously Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Croix County Wisconsin.[3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Knudson served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Colleges and Universities


During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Knudson served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Knudson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs and the Economy - Spending needs to be under control, and policies need to be enacted that will "encourage job growth in the private sector."
  • Tax Relief - Business taxes need to be cut, and reforms to "unleash the innovative, creative power of our free enterprise system."
  • Improving Education - "Needs to couple student achievement to the evaluations and rewards given to teachers."



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Darrel Laumann was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dean Knudson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Laurie Kroeger is running as a Libertarian. Laumann, Knudson and Kroeger will face off in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Knudson won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 30. Knudson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Diane Odeen (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Knudson Incumbent 55.8% 17,261
     Democratic Diane Odeen 44.1% 13,657
     - Scattering 0.1% 20
Total Votes 30,938


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Knudson defeated Democrat Matt Borup in the November 2 general election. He was unopposed in the primary election. [8]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Knudson (R) 14,124
Matt Borup (D) 8,629
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Knudson (R) 2,947 99.66%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knudson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Knudson raised a total of $117,766 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[9]

Dean Knudson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 Won $57,870
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 Won $59,896
Grand Total Raised $117,766


Knudson won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $57,870.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dean Knudson's campaign in 2012
Berg, Meredith A$800
Hood, Tim$500
Larson, Jeff$500
Hanson, Christian$500
Duerst, Dennis$500
Total Raised in 2012$57,870
Source:Follow the Money


Knudson won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $59,896.


Knudson and his wife, Joy, have two children.


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In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.


In 2012, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 16.

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