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Paul Farrow

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Paul Farrow
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Wisconsin State Senate District 33
Incumbent
In office
December 14, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2019
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader
2015-present
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedDecember 4, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly District 98
2011-2012
Education
Associate'sWaukesha County Technical College, 1987
Bachelor'sCarroll College, 1991
Personal
Date of birth07/17/1964
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul F. Farrow is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012 in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Rich Zipperer (R).[1][2] He currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

Farrow served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 98 from 2011 to 2012.

Biography

Farrow is a graduate of Waukesha County Technical College in 1987 where he studied marketing, and a 1991 graduate of Carroll College, majoring in Business Administration. He owned a small home inspection business.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Farrow served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2015
Universities and Technical Colleges
Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues, Vice Chair
Elections and Local Government, Vice Chair
Education Reform and Government Operations, Chair
Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs
Legislative Organization

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Farrow served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

Balanced Budgets

  • Excerpt: "For the first time in over a decade, state spending has been brought back in line with the taxpayers’ ability to pay. The state has paid back long-standing debts, and can look to the future with a fresh perspective. I will continue to vote against wasteful spending, and to work for a smaller, more effective state government."

Jobs and the Economy in Wisconsin

  • Excerpt: "Government doesn’t create jobs; people do. Too often, government regulations and taxes put our businesses at a competitive disadvantage. In my business as a home inspector, I know firsthand how frustrating the bureaucratic red tape and unnecessary hoops to jump through can be for Wisconsin’s job creators. The ingenuity and work ethic of our state are truly unsurpassed. I will continue to work for pro-growth policies that will allow our workforce to thrive."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "We must reduce the tax burden on Wisconsin’s job creators, families, and seniors. I believe people should have the ability to keep more of their own hard-earned income, and not be forced to overpay into government coffers to support unwanted programs and bureaucracy."
  • Excerpt: "This past session, we were able to achieve progress on property tax relief. For the first time in over a dozen years, the statewide property tax on a median value home declined. This is a step in the right direction, but we have a long road to travel and I will continue to fight for lower taxes and responsible spending."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I believe parents are the best advocates for their own child, and should be empowered to make the school choices that are best for their family. I will continue to stand for increased accountability in our schools, and work to identify new ways to help our students compete."

Sanctity of Life

  • Excerpt: "I am proud to be a 100% pro-life legislator. I will always fight to protect the most vulnerable among us."

2010

Farrow's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Create a climate for job growth

  • Excerpt: "The first thing we need to do is repeal the combined reporting tax."

Lower taxes and Reduce spending

  • Excerpt: "Both the state and federal government have made decisions that will be difficult to maintain in the present economic conditions."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We need to focus on the current road system and how to best maintain it. Legislation that would not allow dipping into the transportation funds to offset general expenses will be important."

Stop over-regulation

  • Excerpt: "Paul realizes that small businesses create most of our jobs. He will work to get rid of unnecessary regulation that stifles growth."

Provide quality education

  • Excerpt: "There are two issues that have to be evaluated when it comes to the education system in Wisconsin: 1. How we educate our children and adults returning; 2. How we fund our schools."

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. Sherryll Shaddock ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Paul Farrow ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Farrow defeated Shaddock in the general election.[4][5][6]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Farrow Incumbent 73.9% 59,199
     Democratic Sherryll Shaddock 26.1% 20,899
Total Votes 80,098

2012

Regular

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Farrow won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 98. Farrow ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Eric Prudent (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Farrow Incumbent 70.4% 22,665
     Democratic Eric Prudent 29.5% 9,503
     - Scattering 0.1% 19
Total Votes 32,187

Special

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Farrow won the special election for state Senate District 33. Rich Zipperer (R) resigned the seat to join Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet. Farrow defeated fellow state Rep. Chris Kapenga (R) in the Republican primary on November 6. No Democrats filed for the seat, thus Farrow easily won the general election on December 4.[8][9][10][11][12]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 33, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Farrow 98.1% 6,909
     - Scattering 1.9% 136
Total Votes 7,045

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Farrow defeated Democrat Victor Weers in the November 2 general election. Farrow defeated Thomas Schellinger in the primary election.[13]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 98 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Farrow (R) 22,236
Victor Weers (D) 6,788
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 98 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Farrow (R) 7,394 60.09%
Thomas J. Schellinger (R) 4,901 39.83%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farrow is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Farrow raised a total of $137,041 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[14]

Paul Farrow's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 98 Won $108,666
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 98 Won $28,375
Grand Total Raised $137,041

2012

Farrow won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Farrow raised a total of $108,666.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Farrow's campaign in 2012
Farrow, Paul F$20,000
Hendricks, Diane M$1,250
Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Local 215$1,000
Farrow, Peter$1,000
Farrow, Michelle A$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$108,666
Source:[Farrow Follow the Money]

2010

Farrow won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Farrow raised a total of $28,375.

Personal

Farrow is married and has two children.

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
Rich Zipperer (R)
Wisconsin State Senate District 33
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Rich Zipperer (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 98
2010-2012
Succeeded by
Adam Neylon (R)