Matt Adamczyk

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Matt Adamczyk
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Wisconsin Treasurer
In office
January 2015-present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PredecessorKurt Schuller (R)
Base salary$69,936
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Adamczyk is the current Republican Wisconsin Treasurer.[1] He was first elected in the November 2014 general election, and assumed office on January 5, 2015, succeeding Kurt Schuller (R).[2][3]

Adamczyk was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 13 of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Political career

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.[2] 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.[4] 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.[3] He insisted he was "more than happy to run the office" alone.[2] Adamczyk does not have the authority to eliminate his office unilaterally, which would require a constitutional amendment.[5]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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."[3]



See also: Wisconsin down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Adamczyk ran for election to the office of Wisconsin Treasurer.[1] Adamczyk won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12. Matt Adamczyk won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Wisconsin Treasurer Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Adamczyk 61.8% 132,598
Randall Melchert 38.2% 82,117
Total Votes 214,715
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
General election
Wisconsin Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Adamczyk 48.8% 1,120,140
     Democratic David Sartori 44.7% 1,026,548
     Green Ron Hardy 2.9% 66,120
     Libertarian Jerry Shidell 2.3% 53,113
     Constitution Andrew Zuelke 1.2% 28,053
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,244
Total Votes 2,295,218
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.


Campaign themes

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. [6]

—Matt Adamczyk's campaign website, (2014), [5]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Adamczyk initially declared to run in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 13. However, he did not appear on the primary ballot.[7]

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Preceded by
Kurt Schuller (R)
Wisconsin Treasurer
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