Luther Olsen

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Luther Olsen
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Wisconsin State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1995 - 2005
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973
Personal
Birthday02/26/1951
Place of birthBerlin, WI
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Luther S. Olsen (b. February 26, 1951) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Olsen served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1995 to 2005.

Biography

Olsen earned his B.S. from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Olsen's professional experience includes Olsen's Mill, Incorporated. Olsen was also a member of the Berlin Area School Board from 1976 to 1997 and its President from 1986 to 1995.[1]

Olsen survived a recall attempt in 2011.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Finance
Insurance and Housing, Vice Chair
Joint Finance
Joint Legislative Council, Co-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Olsen includes:[2]

  • A bill to discourage frivolous lawsuits and claims[3]
  • A bill urging Congress not to pas the Employee Free Choice Act regarding labor unions[4]
  • A bill to create the Indoor Environmental Quality in Schools Task Force[5]
  • A bill to prohibit certain political contributions during the period of the biennial budget act[6]
  • A bill to give tax credits to businesses with workplace wellness programs[7]

2012

Campaign themes

Olsen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • Lowering taxes
  • Balancing the budget
  • Creating family supporting jobs

Elections

2012

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 14. He defeated David Wayne Eiler in the August 14th primary and Margarete Worthington (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Margarete Worthington 42.4% 34,742
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuther Olsen Incumbent 57.5% 47,137
     - Scattering 0.1% 62
Total Votes 81,941
Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuther Olsen Incumbent 77.3% 14,782
David Wayne Eiler 22.7% 4,341
Total Votes 19,123

2011 recall

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

Other Recall Information
Recalls by YearRecall Law in WisconsinRecall laws in other statesRecalls in Wisconsin2011 Scott Walker Budget Repair BillProtests over Budget Repair BillWisconsin Government Accountability BoardRecall timelineElection Results
See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Luther Olsen recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Olsen successfully survived a recall attempt in 2011.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin began a recall campaign targeting Olsen and 7 of his Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in March 2011.[11] The campaign filed approximately 24,000 signatures with election officials on April 18.[12]

On May 9, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board verified 22,381 signatures, 14,733 were necessary to force a recall. Olsen challenged the petitions, citing missing paperwork as well as the possibility of hundreds of invalid signatures. The Board heard arguments on May 23,[13] rejecting most of the challenges. This cleared the way for a recall election to be held July 12,[14] but since multiple candidates filed a primary was held July 12 with the recall on August 9.

Opponents

Democratic state Rep. Fred Clark announced on April 21[15] he would run against Olsen in a recall.[16]

Rol Church, a Republican supporter, ran as a protest candidate in order to necessitate a Democratic primary between himself and Clark.[17] Robert Forseth was running as a "placeholder" Democrat but did not file final paperwork.

July 12 Democratic primary[18]
Candidates Votes Percent
Fred Clark Approveda 15,052 66.7%
Rol Church 7,346 32.55%
Scattering 169 0.75%
  • Robert Forseth Note: Forseth filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.

The recall election took place on August 9 with Olsen defeating Clark.

August 9 Recall - District 14[19]
Candidates Votes Percent
Luther Olsen (R) Green check mark transparent.png 26,553 52.1%
Fred Clark (D) 24,355 47.79%
Scattering 56 .11%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Luther Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 14. He ran unopposed.[20]

Luther Olsen raised $22,430 for his campaign.[21]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Luther Olsen (R) 54,138

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olsen is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Olsen raised a total of $488,285 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[22]

Luther Olsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Won $124,600
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Won $187,356
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $20,755
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Won $22,430
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $28,556
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Won $43,699
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 41 Won $16,411
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 41 Won $30,278
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 41 Won $14,200
Grand Total Raised $488,285

2012

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $124,600.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Luther Olsen's campaign in 2012
Bloch, Burton G$2,000
Hume, William$2,000
Gelhar, James F$1,500
Mckeithan, Dan$1,250
National Corn Growers Association$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$124,600
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $187,356.

2010

Olsen was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $20,755.

2008

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $22,430.

2006

Olsen was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $28,556.

2004

Olsen won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $43,699.

2002

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $16,411.

2000

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $30,278.

1998

Olsen won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Olsen raised a total of $14,200.

Personal

He and his wife have six children.

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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. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014
  2. State Legislature, Luther Olsen Legislation," accessed May 5, 2014
  3. State Legislature, "Bill 197," accessed May 5, 2014
  4. State Legislature, "Bill 30," accessed May 5, 2014
  5. State Legislature, "Bill 41," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. State Legislature, "Bill 23," accessed May 5, 2014
  7. State Legislature, "Bill 56," accessed May 5, 2014
  8. Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed August 12, 2012
  9. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall Partisan Primary, accessed May 5, 2014
  10. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
  11. AOL News, "Wisconsin Election Recall Reality Check," February 23, 2011
  12. Associated Press, "Petition filed to recall 4th GOP Wisconsin senator," April 19, 2011
  13. The Northwestern, "Independent state reviews of petitions to recall Republican State Senators Randy Hopper, Luther Olsen are valid," May 9, 2011
  14. FOX 11, "GAB clears way for 3 GOP recall elections," May 23, 2011
  15. FOX 11, "Clark to challenge Olsen in recall," April 22, 2011
  16. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Senate recall races tempt Assembly members," April 30, 2011
  17. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin GOP leaders encouraging colleagues to place fake Democrats on recall ballots," June 5, 2011
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "July 12 Primary Election Results District 14," accessed July 11, 2011
  19. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 14 Recall Election Results," August 19, 2011
  20. Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin State Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed May 5, 2014
  22. followthemoney.org, "Olsen, Luther," accessed May 31, 2013
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