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Donna Seidel

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Donna Seidel
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 85
Former officeholder
In office
2005 - January 3, 2013
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1972
Date of birth08/06/1950
Place of birthNeenah, WI
Office website
Campaign website
Donna Seidel (b. August 6, 1950) is a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 85th District from 2005 to 2013. She served as Assistant Minority Leader.

Seidel worked as the Marathon County Clerk of Circuit Court from 1989-2004, and has been an investigator with the District Attorney's Office, and as a police officer.

She is a member of the Marathon County Democratic Party and Wausau Noon Optimists Club, and former member of the Wisconsin Association of Clerks of Circuit Court, The Womens' Community, and Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Seidel served on these committees:

Workforce Development


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Seidel served on these committees:



Donna Seidel campaign ad from April 2012
See also: Pam Galloway recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2012)

Seidel ran against state Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R) in a recall election that targeted state Sen. Pam Galloway (R). Seidel defeated James Buckley in the Democratic primary on May 8 and lost to Petrowski in the recall on June 5.[2]

Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Petrowski 61.3% 44,107
     Democratic Donna Seidel 38.6% 27,744
     - Scattering 0.1% 58
Total Votes 71,909
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Petitions to recall Galloway were turned in on January 17, 2012 to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Following GAB's decision that enough signatures were valid, a recall election was scheduled. Soon after, Galloway resigned her senate seat effective March 17. The recall, however, had to continue and Petrowski stepped in for Republicans.[3]

Wisconsin State Senate District 29 Recall - Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Seidel 63.5% 17,930
James Buckley 35.8% 10,099
Scattering 0.8% 217
Total Votes 28,246


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Seidel was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 85. She defeated Republican Charles Eno and Libertarian Jim Maas in the general election on November 2, 2010. Seidel was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 85 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donna Seidel (D) 10,298
Charles Eno (R) 8,460
Jim Maas (L) 830
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 85 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Donna Seidel (D) 2,661 99.81%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-164 Child placed in the home of a relative: granting the relative the same procedural rights as a foster parent re notice of intent to remove the child and review of decisions and orders involving placement and care
  • AB-209 Nonprofit organization providing assistance to low-income individuals or victims of domestic violence and related crimes: county may appropriate money re capital and operational expenses

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Campaign donors


According to a report filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board at the end of April, Seidel raised $97,000 and had $38,000 on hand.[5]


In 2010, Seidel received $36,472 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Wisconsin State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donna Seidel's campaign in 2010
Brooks, Bryan$500
Service Employees Local 150$500
Spoerl, Robert G$500
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 434$500
Total Raised in 2010 $36,472


The top five donors to Seidel's 2008 campaign:[7]

Donor Amount
Seidel, Kathleen $550
WI Laborers District Council $500
WI Society of Anesthesiologists $500
WI Wholesale Beer Distributors $500
Bruggink, Maria $500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 85
Succeeded by
Mandy Wright (D)