Donald Friske

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Donald Friske
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 35
Former members
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Donald Friske (b. November 11, 1961) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 35th District since 2001.

In March 2010, Friske announced he would not be seeking re-election in November.[1]

Friske has worked as a deputy sheriff and served in the United States Army from 1979-1985. He is a member of American Veterans, Environmental Education Board, National Rifle Association, and the Optimist Club.[2]

On his official campaign website, Friske listed four main legislative priorities:[3]

  • Local Jobs - "the future of our community depends on the growth of our local economy and industries. That's why I worked in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Jobs Creation Act, which greatly reduced government red-tape and made job creation and retention easier in Wisconsin."
  • Affordable Healthcare - "I voted for BadgerCare Plus, ensuring all children in Wisconsin will be able to get the health care they need at a price their families can afford."
  • Protecting Seniors - "I have always made quality health care for seniors a top priority."
  • Our Children - "I voted to increase funding for rural school districts by an additional $3.6 million. I also voted to increase funding for gifted and talented programs and special education; to keep smaller class sizes; and to increase State aid by $524.8 million."

Committee assignments



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Friske did not seek re-election in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Friske won re-election to Assembly District 35, receiving 56.72% of the vote.[4]

Wisconsin Assembly District 35
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Friske (R) 15,416
Jay Schmelling (D) 11,751
Scattering 14

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-257 Environmental surcharge for violation of an environmental law increased

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Campaign donors


The top five donors to Friske's 2008 campaign were mostly individuals:[5]

Donor Amount
Republican Party of Lincoln County $1,450
WI Farm Bureau $1,000
Nelson, Paul $1,000
Walton, Jim $500
Coley, Elwood $500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 35
Succeeded by
Tom Tiffany