Roger Roth

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Roger Roth
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Wisconsin State Senate, District 19
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2019
Years in position 0
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Roger Roth is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Roth served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2015
Insurance, Housing, and Trade
Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs, Chair
Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry, Vice Chair
Information Policy and Technology


Campaign themes


Roth's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "My top legislative priority is getting the Fox Valley back to work. Government doesn’t create jobs; people do. Too often, government regulations and taxes put our businesses at a competitive disadvantage. In my business as a homebuilder, I know firsthand how frustrating it is to wade through bureaucratic red tape and jump through unnecessary hoops. I will work for pro-growth policies that will allow our workforce to thrive. It’s best to let the private sector do its job and I’m determined to do what it takes to help jump-start our economy."

Lower Taxes

  • Excerpt: "The tax burden on the hard-working families of the 19th Senate District is still too high. Wisconsin residents deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money to spend any way they choose. Under the previous administration, our business climate in Wisconsin was one of the worst in the country. Fortunately, Governor Walker and the legislature have made progress on property tax relief. And enacted one of the larges income tax cuts in state history. For the first time in over a dozen years, the statewide median property tax on a median value home declined. This is a significant step in the right direction after years of regular tax increases and I will continue to fight to lower taxes and encourage responsible budgets."

Prioritizing Education

  • Excerpt: "I will work with local educators to find creative solutions the challenges that face our districts, while looking out for taxpayers."
  • Excerpt: "Unfortunately, not all children are awarded the same opportunity to attend great schools like those that grow up in the Fox Valley. For that reason, I support a limited expansion of the school choice program, focused on under-achieving school districts and targeted income levels. I also agree that fair assessments are necessary when taxpayer dollars are involved. Students are not afforded the luxury of time while educators work to turn around failing schools and the school choice program provides an opportunity for parents to make the decision to put their child in the best position possible to learn."

Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "The first step and most critical step to restoring taxpayer confidence is passing the constitutional amendment for a segregated transportation fund that will be on the ballot this November 4th. Only then can we begin to have an honest conversation about how to restore the fund and provide the dollars necessary to maintain our transportation infrastructure."

Waste, Fraud and Abuse

  • Excerpt: "Time and again, we turn on the television or open a newspaper to a story outlining waste, fraud and abuse in a government program. One of the easiest steps we can take is assuring that taxpayer dollars are at least being utilized as intended. Whether its waste within specific government departments, people taking advantages of loopholes in programs, or businesses utilizing the safety net to shift costs, abuses of taxpayers dollars should be eliminated. Every dollar we can identify that is being spent unwisely can help those truly in need and provide taxpayer relief."



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Penny Bernard Schaber ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Roger Roth ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Roth defeated Schaber in the general election.[2][3][4]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Roth 57.2% 41,628
     Democratic Penny Bernard Schaber 42.8% 31,135
Total Votes 72,763


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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Ellis (R)
Wisconsin State Senate District 19
Succeeded by