Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)

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Michael Ellis
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Wisconsin State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 31
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President, Wisconsin State Senate
2011-July 17, 2012, 2013-present
Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
1999, 1995-1997, 1993
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1971-1981
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1965
Personal
Birthday02/21/1941
Place of birthNeenah, WI
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael G. Ellis (b. February 21, 1941) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982. He served as President of the Senate from 2011 to July 17, 2012, and from 2013 to the present.[1] Ellis announced April 11, 2014, that he would not run for re-election in 2014 after a video of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was released.[2] Ellis was the Senate Minority Leader in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999.

Ellis served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1971 to 1983 and as an Alderman on the Neenah City Council from 1969 to 1975.

Biography

Ellis earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1965. His professional experiences includes farming and teaching.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Senate Organization
State and Federal Relations, Chair
Employment Relations, Co-chair
Legislative Organization, Co-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Ellis served on the following committees:

Issues

See also: Sen. Ellis's issue positions on Project Vote Smart

Budget bill, 2011

The legislative process for creating and passing the state budget included protestors and substantial attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $66 billion budget on a 19-14 party-line vote after nine hours of debate.

The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.

Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.

“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”

Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the needs of children by slashing funding for education while introducing tax breaks for businesses and of targeting low-income residents while refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch.[4]

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Ellis includes:[5]

  • A bill regarding campaign finance laws
  • A bill prohibiting smoking in public buildings

Elections

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Michael Ellis was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 19 seat. He was unopposed in the primary and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6][7][8]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Ellis (R) 36,122 99.04%
Wisconsin Senate, District 19 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael G. Ellis (R) 16,511 99.73%

Two days after the general election, Ellis was elected President of the Wisconsin State Senate by his Republican peers on November 4, 2010[9].

2006

On November 7, 2006, Michael Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 19. He ran unopposed.[10]

Michael Ellis raised $40,754 for his campaign.[11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Ellis (R) 51,162

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ellis is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellis raised a total of $257,594 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[12]

Michael Ellis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $11,550
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $16,061
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $18,258
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $40,754
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $8,032
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $54,403
2000 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $22,950
1998 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $85,586
Grand Total Raised $257,594

2012

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $11,550.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)'s campaign in 2012
Friends of Pam Galloway$5,000
Northwestern Mutual Life$1,000
Wisconsin Realtors Association$1,000
Associated Bank$534
Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters$500
Total Raised in 2012$11,550
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $16,061.

2008

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $18,258.

2006

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $40,754.

2004

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $8,032.

2002

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $54,403.

2000

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $22,950.

1998

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $85,586.

Personal

Ellis has a wife, Sandy. He is a native of Neenah.[3][13]

Controversies

Illegal PAC comments

On April 9, 2014, the conservative group Project Veritas released a hidden-camera recording of Ellis contemplating setting up a political action committee to attack his Democratic opponent in the 2014 election. Ellis noted in the video that he was considering having his fundraiser, Judi Rhodes Engels, head the PAC. Following the recording's release, Rhodes Engels quit Ellis' campaign, while Ellis announced on April 11 that he would not seek re-election. Ellis was slated to face his first competition in 16 years.[14][15]

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Wisconsin

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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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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