Leah Vukmir

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Leah Vukmir
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Wisconsin State Senate District 5
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
2003 - 2011
Education
Bachelor'sMarquette University, 1980
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
Personal
Birthday04/26/1958
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ProfessionNurse Practitioner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Leah Vukmir (b. April 26, 1958) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 5. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Vukmir served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 14 from 2003 to 2010.

Biography

Vukmir earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Marquette University, and a Master's degree in nursing from UW-Madison. She is a registered nurse, and an active pediatric nurse practitioner.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Health and Human Services, Chair
Judiciary and Labor, Vice Chair
Administrative Rules, Co-chair

2011-2012

At the beginning of the 2011 legislative session, Vukmir served on the following committees:

Issues

  • 2005-AB 3 A bill that would expand enrollment in the Milwaukee school parental choice program and would help eliminate the enrollment caps on the program.
  • 2005-AB 4 A bill that would make Health Savings Accounts tax deductible from state income tax. Wisconsin is one of three states that do not allow state tax deductions on HSA's. The bill passed both houses during the 2005-2006 legislative session, but was vetoed by the Governor.
  • 2007-AB 739 Vukmir co-sponsored this “Earmark Transparency Act” introduced by Rep. Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee that would mandate prior public disclosure and debate on all earmark spending. The bill would also require disclosure of which legislator sought a particular earmark. This bill was passed in the Assembly, but died in the Senate Rules Committee.
  • 2007-AB 820 Vukmir co-sponsored this “Competitive Marketplace Act” with Rep. Bill Kramer of Waukesha that would eliminate a law that requires certain retailers to mark-up prices by a certain amount.
  • All bills introduced by Leah Vukmir in the 2007-2008 legislature.

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:[2]

  • AR-7 Rate increases re sales tax, income tax, or franchise tax: two-thirds majority vote in Assembly required for passage, concurrence, and adoption
  • AB-168 Biennial budget bill preparation and consideration revisions re state agency request for earmark or nonfiscal policy item prohibited, state agency budget modification report by DOA Secretary, earmark transparency report by LFB, JCF executive sessions and documents on legislature's Web site, committee of conference report may not contain earmarks or nonfiscal policy items; lobbyist principal's semiannual report to GAB modified
  • AB-196 State agency and school district operations expenditures, contracts, and grants: DOA required to make certain information available on a Web site; DPI duties

Campaign themes

2014

Vukmir's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "The government doesn’t create jobs – the private sector does. That’s why I’m focused on minimizing the tax burden and red tape facing our job creators."

The Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I am a proud gun owner and member of the NRA. I am committed to defending our constitutional right to bear arms."

Human Life

  • Excerpt: "I am 100% pro-life and believe that life needs to be defended at every stage. I am proud to have the support of Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro Life Wisconsin."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I oppose ObamaCare and will continue to fight against its implementation in Wisconsin. We must look to the private sector and find local solutions that place power in the hands of families and health care professionals, not unelected bureaucrats."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Every child, regardless of location or background, must have access to a quality education. That’s why I have worked so hard to improve our public schools, as well as expand school choice so that parents have the best options available for educating their children."

2012

Vukmir's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Jobs and the Economy in Wisconsin

  • Excerpt: "We must eliminate government regulations and taxes that put our businesses at a competitive disadvantage and we must stop punishing successful companies that create good jobs."

State Spending

  • Excerpt: "We can no longer afford to grow state spending faster than our economy"

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to work for tax relief, and fiscal policies that will grow our economy."

Education

  • Excerpt: "If our children are going to succeed in a world economy, they must have the skills to compete."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I will work to expand competition and consumer-driven health care in Wisconsin."

Human Life

  • Excerpt: "I understand, appreciate and value the sanctity of all human life."

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent Leah Vukmir ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Wendy Friedrich ran running as a Libertarian candidate. Vukmir defeated Friedrich in the general election.[4][5][6]

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Vukmir had no primary opposition. In the November 2, 2010, general election, she defeated Democratic incumbent Jim Sullivan.

Vukmir has been a speaker at several Wisconsin Tea Parties. One of her key issues is combined reporting, which requires companies based in Wisconsin to pay taxes on assets located in other states. Vukmir argues combined reporting is a big reason Harley Davidson laid off 400 workers in 2010 and Polaris announced it would be leaving Wisconsin. Vukmir wanted a special session to repeal the tax, but the legislature did not move on it.[7][8][9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 5 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leah Vukmir (R) 36,852 52.15%
Jim Sullivan (D) 33,702 47.69%
Wisconsin Senate, District 5 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leah Vukmir (R) 18,346 99.47%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Vukmir won re-election to Assembly District 14, receiving 62.28% of the vote.[10]

Wisconsin Assembly District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leah Vukmir (R) 19,419
Dave Hucke (D) 11,708
Scattering 55

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vukmir is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Vukmir raised a total of $704,716 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[11]

Leah Vukmir's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 5 Not up for election $50,810
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 5 Won $446,910
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $51,910
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $62,034
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $52,316
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $40,736
Grand Total Raised $704,716

2012

Vukmir was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $50,810.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Leah Vukmir's campaign in 2012
American Legislative Exchange Council$2,689
Potos, Kathryn$1,500
Wisconsin Wholesale Beer Distributors$1,000
Tavern Industry Association$1,000
Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$50,810
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Vukmir won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $446,910.

2008

Vukmir won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $51,910.

2006

Vukmir won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $62,034.

2004

Vukmir won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $52,316.

2002

Vukmir won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Vukmir raised a total of $40,736.

Personal

Vukmir is married and has two children.[1]

Scorecards

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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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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Sullivan
Wisconsin State Senator-Elect, District 5
2011-Present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Scott Walker
Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
2002–2011
Succeeded by
Dale Kooyenga