Gary George recall, Wisconsin (2003)
Gary George, a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate who began representing the 6th District in 1981, was recalled from office in 2003. He is the second senator to be recalled in state history.
The recall campaign against George began after he voted against expanding gambling at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. George made appeals to stop or delay the recall to a trial court, appeals court and state Supreme Court, but he was unsuccessful at all levels. Signatures were first filed to the elections board in June 2003.
George was defeated in a special Democratic primary held October 21, 2003, by state Assemblyman Spencer Coggs. Only 8% of voters turned out for the election. Coggs went on to be the only candidate on the November 18 general election ballot, assuring his victory.
| Wisconsin State Senate, District 6|
Special Democratic Primary (2003)
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Both sides targeting state senators for recall elections," February 19, 2011
- Channel 3000, "Gary George Beaten By Coggs In Recall Election," October 20, 2003
- Channel 3000, "Elections Board To Discuss George Recall Petitions," July 8, 2003"
- Wisconsin State Elections Board, "Special Democratic Primary Election Results," accessed May 23, 2011