Joseph Leibham

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Joseph Leibham
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Wisconsin State Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1999 - 2003
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
Personal
BirthdayJune 6, 1969
Place of birthSheboygan, WI
ProfessionAccount Executive, Sargento Foods
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Joseph K. "Joe" Leibham (b. June 6, 1969) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Leibham currently serves as State Senate President Pro Tempore.

Leibham served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 26 from 1999 to 2003.

Leibham was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Wisconsin.[1] State Sen. Glenn Grothman received 219 more votes than Leibham in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014.[2][3][4] Leibham announced on August 22 that he would not request a recount.[4]

Biography

Leibham attended Pigeon River Elementary School and Trinity Lutheran School and Lutheran High School in Sheboygan. Following high school, he attended UW-La Crosse and Ealing College in London, England, before graduating from UW-Madison in 1991 with a B.A. in political science/public administration.[5] After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Leibham worked in the food service industry as an account executive for Sheboygan-based Sargento Foods and as the manager of membership development for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.[6]

Leibham's victory in 1998 helped the Republican Party in Sheboygan gain prominence, as he became the first Republican since 1956 to win the 26th Assembly District. Leibham began his political career serving on the Sheboygan City Council from 1993 to 2000 and was president of the City Council of Sheboygan from 1995 to 1996.[5]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Local Government
Elections and Urban Affairs, Vice Chair
Finance
Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs, Vice Chair
Administrative Rules
Joint Finance
Joint Legislative Council

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Leibham served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Leibham served on the following committees:

Issues

Legislator sick leave

Leibham was critical of the legislature's benefits system, which allowed legislators to accumulate sick days and use leftover sick leave time to accumulate benefits for health care coverage. He called this system over-generous and unrealistic.[7]

Voter ID

In 2007, Leibham, along with Rep. Jeffrey Stone (R) of Greenfield, sponsored a constitutional amendment requiring photo identification at the polls. Leibham's amendment came after then-Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) vetoed legislation that would have required photo ID at the polls. Leibham hoped that a referendum on a constitutional amendment would allow voters to express their support for the measure over the governor's veto.[7]

2007 budget

Leibham voted against the Wisconsin State Budget in both the Senate Version and the Final State Budget, claiming the budget was very fiscally irresponsible.[8]

Sexual predator laws

Leibham crafted legislation to strengthen child enticement laws in Wisconsin so that enticing a child for sexual contact would be a serious felony, regardless of whether the offender was trying to lure the victim to a “secluded,” private or public location. Leibham drafted this legislation in response to a 2007 court ruling in Sheboygan County that overturned a jury’s conviction of a Sheboygan man accused of attempting to entice a nine-year-old girl into a park shelter to have sex.[9]

Veterans property tax credit

Leibham was the major sponsor of Senate Bill (SB) 101 and SB 146 - Expanding the Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit. The goals of this bill were to reverse the property tax credit only offered to veterans who were Wisconsin residents at the time of enlistment, who were 65 years and older and who had a 100 percent service connected disability rating. SB 101 eliminated the 65-year-old age limit and added a provision that would extend this credit to all veterans residing in Wisconsin for more than 10 years, assuming they meet the disability rating requirement. SB 146 moved the 100 percent service connected disability rating threshold to 60 percent. When this legislation was introduced, a veteran who had a 60 percent or higher service connected disability rating would be classified as individually unemployable (IU). Under SB 146 and SB 101, all veterans classified as IU would be eligible for the tax credit.[10]

Veterans in retirement

Leibham's legislation, known as the Veterans Status in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), would create equity among service members by treating all veterans who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) equally.[10]

Campaign themes

2012

Leibham's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Promotes job creation and encouraging local businesses. Co-authored The Job Creation Act.
  • Supports tax decreases.
  • Supports expanded access to health care and the creation of health savings accounts.
  • Supports traditional family values
  • Pro-life
  • Supports more job (re)training through technical colleges
  • Supports legislation to help farms
  • Supports hunting, fishing and gun-ownership rights
  • Supports lower taxes for senior citizens

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Leibham ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 6th District.[1] State Sen. Glenn Grothman received 219 more votes than Leibham in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014.[2][3][4] Leibham announced on August 22 that he would not request a recount.[4]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Grothman 36.2% 23,241
Joe Leibham 35.8% 23,026
Duey Stroebel 24.7% 15,867
Tom Denow 3.3% 2,115
Total Votes 64,249
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Media


"Meet Joe Leibham."

"Happy Father's Day."

"Refused to Back Down."

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Leibham was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 9 seat. He was unopposed in the primary. His opponent in the November 2, 2010, general election was Democrat Jason Borden.[11][12][13]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Leibham (R) 45,663 73.11%
Jason Borden (D) 15,775 26.86%
Wisconsin Senate, District 9 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Leibham (R) 19,436 99.87%

Endorsements

Leibham was endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Joe Leibham won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 9.[14]

Joe Leibham raised $229,367 for his campaign, while Jamie John Aulik raised $70,307.[15]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Leibham (R) 38,335
Jamie John Aulik (D) 26,224

Endorsements

Leibham received a 100 percent rating from Americans for Prosperity and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leibham is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Leibham raised a total of $1,087,833 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[16]

Joseph Leibham's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $47,528
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Won $119,478
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $52,149
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Won $229,367
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $123,780
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 Won $392,591
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 26 Won $83,005
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 26 Won $39,935
Grand Total Raised $1,087,833

2012

Leibham was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $47,528.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Leibham's campaign in 2012
Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Local 215$1,000
Pauly, Gregory E$1,000
Northwestern Mutual Life$1,000
Milwaukee Police Association$1,000
Wisconsin Realtors Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$47,528
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Leibham won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $119,478.

2008

Leibham was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $52,149.

2006

Leibham won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $229,367.

2004

Leibham was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $123,780.

2002

Leibham won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $392,591.

2000

Leibham won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $83,005.

1998

Leibham won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Leibham raised a total of $39,935.


Personal

Liebham was born and raised in Sheboygan and is the fourth oldest of 13 Leibham children.[5]

Scorecards

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2014

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

Legislators are scored on their stances on voting, money in politics and democracy reform legislation.
Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against NPCW's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

2012

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

Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 MiamiHerald.com, "GOP's Leibham, Democrat Harris join Wisconsin race," accessed May 5, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Wisconsin - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 JSOnline.com, "Wisconsin's closest congressional race in decades," accessed August 13, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sheboygan Press, "Leibham won't seek recount in 6th District," accessed August 25, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wisconsin.gov, "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "Senator Leibham," accessed May 5, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 State Senator Joe Leibham, "Senator Leibham Applauds Assembly Action on Photo ID, Legislator Sick Leave Benefit Elimination," March 1, 2007
  8. State Senator Joe Leibham, "Senator Leibham Votes Against Tax Increase Budget," October 23, 2007
  9. Wisconsin.gov, "Senator Leibham Drafting Legislation to Strengthen Child Enticement Law," September 27, 2007
  10. 10.0 10.1 State Senator Joe Leibham, "Supporting our Veterans," November 14, 2007
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010," July 13, 2010
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  13. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  15. FollowtheMoney.org, "2006 contributions," accessed May 5, 2014
  16. FollowtheMoney.org, "Leibham, Joseph," accessed May 31, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Baumgart
Wisconsin State Senate District 9
2002–present
Succeeded by
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