Randy Hopper

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Randy Hopper
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Wisconsin State Senate District 18
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
August 9, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Radio Station Owner
Randy Hopper (b. January 23, 1966) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He represented District 18 from his election in 2008 to his recall on August 9, 2011. On August 9, 2011, Hopper was recalled. The remainder of his term will be served by Jessica King (D) until January 3, 2013.

Hopper is the owner of Mountain Dog Media, a company that owns prominent radio stations in the South Fox Valley region including KFIZ-AM 1450 and 107.1 KFIZ-FM.

Hopper earned a B.A. in history from Denison University in 1989. He received his M.B.A. from Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, in 2002.


The 18th State Senate District consists of major cities of Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Waupun.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hopper served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hopper served on these committees:

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Hopper includes:[1]

  • A bill excluding from taxable income gains from a Wisconsin business.[2]
  • A bill to provide the public with more information about school district and state agency expenditures[3]
  • A bill granting tax exemptions for businesses with worker wellness programs[4]
  • A bill to limit the budget and decrease the deficit[5]


2011 recall

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Randy Hopper recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Hopper lost to Jessica King in the recall election.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin began a recall campaign targeting Hopper and 7 of his Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in March 2011.[6][7] 23,946 signatures were filed with election officials,[8] and the Hopper campaign challenged them.[9]

On May 9, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board verified 23,127 signatures, 15,269 were necessary to force a recall. Hopper challenged the petitions, citing missing paperwork as well as the possibility of hundreds of invalid signatures. The Board heard arguments on May 23[10] and rejected most of the challenges. The GAB officially certified the recall election on June 3. This cleared the way for a recall election to be held July 12.[11] However, since multiple candidates filed, a primary was held July 12 with the recall election on August 9.[12]


Oshkosh attorney Jessica King announced on April 13 that she would run against Hopper in a recall.[13]

John Buckstaff, a Republican supporter, ran as a protest candidate in order to necessitate a Democratic primary between himself and King.[14] Hopper had said he would have preferred the recall election to happen as soon as possible.

July 12 Democratic primary[15]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jessica King Approveda 19,562 68.21%
John Buckstaff 8,995 31.37%
Scattering 120 0.42%

On August 9 Hopper lost to King.

August 9 Recall - District 18[16]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jessica King (D) Green check mark transparent.png 28,191 51.1%
Randy Hopper (R) 26,937 48.83%
Scattering 42 .08%


On November 4, 2008, Randy Hopper was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 18. It was a slim victory in the open seat.[17]

He collected $237,854 in donations for his campaign.[18]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Randy Hopper (R) 41,904 50.05%
Jessica King (D) 41,741 49.86%

Campaign donors


According to records available as of May 17, 2011, Hopper raised $58,656 during 2010, a year he was not up for election. Listed below are the top five contributors.[19]

Donor Amount
Wal-Mart $1,000
Gary Sadoff $1,000
Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists $1,000
Maggie Murphy $1,000
American Family Insurance $1,000


Senator Hopper interview

In 2008, Hopper collected $237,854 in donations. *Finance, insurance and real estate interests were his largest donor group and most of the contributions were made by individuals.[18]

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign:

Donor Amount
Randy Hopper $22,000
Northwestern Mutual Life $5,000
Gopac Wisconsin 2008 $2,500
Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters $2,300


Hopper is separated from his wife, Alysia, and has filed for divorce.[20] They have two children, Christopher and Isabella. Hopper is a native of Fond du Lac.[21]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Roessler
Wisconsin State Senate District 18
2008–August 9, 2011
Succeeded by
Jessica King