|Wisconsin State Senate District 9|
|2003 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly|
|1999 - 2003|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991|
|Place of birth||Sheboygan, WI|
|Profession||Account Executive, Sargento Foods|
Liebham was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002 defeating Democrat Jim Baumgart to become the first Republican since 1982 to win the 9th State Senate District. Previously, Leibham served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1998-2002 representing the 26th State Assembly District. Liebham'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 1993-2000 and was President of the City Council of Sheboygan from 1995 to 1996.
Leibham attended Pigeon River Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran School and Lutheran High School in Sheboygan. Following high school, he attended UW-LaCrosse and Ealing College in London, England, before graduating from UW-Madison in 1991 with a B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration After graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Liebham worked in the food service industry as an Account Executive for Sheboygan based Sargento Foods and the Manager of Membership Development for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Leibham's issue positions, according to his campaign website:
- 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
- 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
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|
|• Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs, Vice Chair|
|• Administrative Rules|
|• Joint Finance|
|• Joint Legislative Council|
At the beginning of the 2011 legislative session, Leibham served on the following committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Administrative Rules|
|• Joint Finance|
|• Joint Legislative Council|
|• Review of Administrative Rules, Vice-Chair|
|• Transportation and Elections|
At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Leibham served on the following committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Economic Development|
|• Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources|
|• Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions|
|• Information Policy and Technology|
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 (2010) General Election|
|Joe Leibham (R)||45,663||73.11%|
|Jason Borden (D)||15,775||26.86%|
|Wisconsin Senate, District 9 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Joe Leibham (R)||19,436||99.87%|
Joe Leibham raised $229,367 for his campaign, while Jamie John Aulik raised $70,307.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 9 (2006)|
|Joe Leibham (R)||38,335|
|Jamie John Aulik (D)||26,224|
Joe Liebham has earned a consistent reputation as a solid fiscal conservative throught his tenure in the State Legislature. In 2007, Senator Liebham had received an 100% rating from Americans for Prosperity  and also from Wisconsin Manufactuers and Commerce. Liebham has been a constant critic of Wisconsin's election system and also of legislative abuse of sick leave pay. . Liebham along with Rep. Jeff Stone a Greenfield Republican have been advocating for the requirement of photo ID at the polls.
2007-2008 Legislative Session
Senator Liebham voted against the Wisconsin State Budget in both the Senate Version and the Final State Budget claming the budget was very fiscally irresponsible . Liebham crafted registration to strengthen child enticement laws in Wisconsin that it will be a serious felony to entice a child for sexual contact regardless of where the alleged offense may take place, and regardless of whether the offender was trying to lure the victim to a “secluded,” private or public location. Liebham crafted 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.
Also, Liebham was the major sponsor of Senate Bill (SB) 101 & SB 146 - Expanding the Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit which was aimed in reversing this property tax credit only offered to veterans who were Wisconsin residents at the time of enlistment, who are 65 years and older, and who have a 100% service connected disability rating. SB 101 eliminates the 65 year old age limit and adds 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 moves the 100% service connected disability rating threshold to 60%. Currently a veteran who has a 60% or higher service connected disability rating can be classified as individually unemployable (IU). Under SB 146 and SB 101, all veterans classified as IU would be eligible for the tax credit. Disabled veterans should not be forced to move out of their homes because they are unable to pay their property taxes.
SB 19 – Veterans Status in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) – The bill that Liebham crafted would create equity among service members by treating all veterans who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) equally.
Past and current endorsements
- Wisconsin Right to Life .
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Leibham received $119,478 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Wisconsin State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joseph Leibham's campaign in 2010|
|Beckermann, M Lee||$1,050|
|Kohler, Herbert V||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$119,478|
Some of the top contributors to Sen. Leibham's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
- John Deere & Co., Pauly Delores, Pfizer, Carpenters Local 344 Camp Fund, Ralph Prescott, and others
Health care companies and interests were his largest donor group and most of his contributions came from individuals.
In 2008, Leibham collected $52,149 in donations.
Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. 
|John Deere & Co.||$1,000|
- Sen. Leibham's campaign website
- Sen. Leibham's official Wisconsin Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Campaign contributions: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- Leibham on Facebook
- Leibham on Twitter
Joe Liebham was born and raised in Sheboygan and is the fourth oldest of 13 Leibham children.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.legis.wi.gov/senate/sen09/news/jlBio.htm
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Senator Leibham
- ↑ Sen. Leibham on the Issues
- ↑ Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010," July 13, 2010
- ↑ Official GAB primary results
- ↑ Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Official General Election 2010 Results
- ↑ Wisconsin State Election Results, 2006
- ↑ Follow the Money 2006
- ↑ http://www.americansforprosperity.org/wi/07_report_card.pdf
- ↑ http://www.wmc.org/PDFfiles/2006vrfinal.pdf
- ↑ http://www.legis.wi.gov/senate/sen09/news/press/2007/pr2007-010.asp
- ↑ http://www.legis.wi.gov/senate/sen09/news/Press/2007/pr2007-023.asp
- ↑ http://www.wrtl.org/legislation/endorsedcandidates
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ Joseph Leibham 2008 campaign contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributors to Joe Leibham
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