|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Kurt Schuller (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
- 1 Political career
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign donors
- 4 State profile
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Wisconsin Treasurer (2015-present)
Adamczyk was first elected to the treasurer's office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, replacing predecessor Kurt Schuller (R).
Support for eliminating treasurer's office
Immediately after being sworn in as the new state treasurer, Adamczyk set out to fulfill a series of campaign promises he made the previous year to reduce inefficiencies and wasteful spending in Wisconsin's government—starting with his own office, which he pledged to dismantle from the inside. By the time Adamczyk was elected treasurer in November 2014, the majority of the office's responsibilities had already been stripped and transferred to other agencies by various governors (including Gov. Scott Walker) and legislative action, until the treasurer's office consisted of a mere three-person staff. All three were out of a job by mid-January 2015 thanks to Adamczyk's plan to push the office further toward the brink of nonexistence. He insisted he was "more than happy to run the office" alone. Adamczyk does not have the authority to eliminate his office unilaterally, which would require a constitutional amendment.
Tensions with state Board of Commissioners of Public Land
Even before assuming office, Adamczyk indicated his commitment to fully exploit what little influence the state treasurer has left. Besides laying-off his staff, his actions included provoking a tense rivalry with Tia Nelson, the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Land, on which the treasurer serves alongside the attorney general and secretary of state. Adamczyk initiated contact with Nelson the week after winning the general election, asking her to remove the names of elected officials on the board's letterhead. One month later, he moved for Nelson's name to be removed from the letterhead as well, and requested the board cancel its subscription to the New York Times. "We live in Wisconsin and we don't need a subscription to this publication," he complained.
The state board of commissioners of public land controls a substantial trust that distributes funds to libraries and loans money to cities and school districts across Wisconsin. Nelson became the first target of Adamczyk's mission to root out sources of wasteful government spending due to suspicions that Nelson's history of environmentalism had affected her capacity to serve neutrally in the role of secretary. The treasurer placed a controversial request to view records detailing Nelson's management of state-funds and even some information about her private political affiliations. "I don't want people doing their personal passions during work hours," he explained later. Nelson reacted to the request by instructing her staff "to document all contacts they've had with Adamczyk, which includes typing up rough transcripts of their conversations with him in some cases."
|Wisconsin Treasurer Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
|Wisconsin Treasurer, 2014|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
Adamczyk's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 election:
I am running for state treasurer on the pledge to eliminate the position. The antiquated office no longer is needed and has become a prime example of wasteful government spending. Governor Walker and the Republican legislature have removed almost all duties that once were the responsibility of the state treasurer and transferred those duties to other agencies. I fully support this effort by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature to save tax dollars with these efficiencies.
My campaign consists of five pledges I’m making to the residents of Wisconsin if elected: 1. Pledge to work tirelessly to eliminate the Office of State Treasurer 2. Pledge to use the position to find government waste and eliminate it 3. Pledge to never waste taxpayer money 4. Pledge to return 25% of salary to taxpayers 5. Pledge to only serve one term
The only constitutional duty of the Wisconsin State Treasurer is to serve on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL). Serving on this board literally consists of two 15-minute phone calls per month. I feel it is wasteful to spend tax dollars on a four person staffed office for just one responsibility. That is why I fully support the Republican amendment, AJR 48, which would replace the state treasurer with the lieutenant governor on the BCPL. 
—Matt Adamczyk's campaign website, (2014) 
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012
Comprehensive donor information for Adamczyk is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Adamczyk raised a total of $21,341 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 12, 2015.
|Matt Adamczyk's Campaign Contribution History|
|Grand Total Raised||$21,341|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Matt Adamczyk's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Matt Adamczyk's Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$41,729|
|Top 5 contributors||Adamczyk, Matt||$15,355|
|Citizens for August||$727|
|Republican Party of Walworth County||$500|
|Friends of Mike Kuglitsch||$500|
Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 1 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 105 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4. Wisconsin experienced a 1.5 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.
Wisconsin fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Wisconsin residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wisconsin was $52,413 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 13.5 percent poverty rate in Wisconsin during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.
Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Matt Adamczyk Wisconsin Treasurer."
- Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
- Matt Adamczyk for State Treasurer, "About Matt," accessed April 23, 2014
- The Journal Sentinel, "Adamczyk clashes with board's secretary on numerous issues," January 20, 2015
- The Journal Sentinel, "New state treasurer lays off staff to fulfill campaign pledge," January 24, 2015
- Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer, "Staff Directory," accessed January 26, 2015
- Friends of Matt Adamczyk, "Why I'm Running," accessed August 11, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," accessed June 12, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Contributions to Adamczyk, Matt," accessed February 12, 2015
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed March 24, 2015
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed March 24, 2015
- The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed March 24, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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