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Rich Zipperer
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Wisconsin State Senate District 33
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - August 5, 2012
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
2007 - 2011
Bachelor'sSaint Norbert College, 1996
Master'sGeorge Washington University, 2000
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
Date of birth04/16/1974
Place of birthGreen Bay, WI
Office website
Campaign website
Rich Zipperer (b. April 16, 1974) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 33 from 2011 until August 5, 2012. He was first elected to the senate in 2010, after representing District 98 in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2007-2010.

Zipperer resigned his seat effective August 5, 2012 in order to become Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff and senior legal counsel.[1]

A attorney from Reedsville, WI, Zipperer previously served as the District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and as an aide to Congressman Tom Petri in Washington DC.

Zipperer graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere with a Bachelor's Degree, received a Master's Degree from George Washington University in Washington DC, and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes

On his official campaign site Zipperer states a number of his positions, including:[2]

  • Taxes - "High taxes in Wisconsin are driving away jobs, causing our seniors to move out of state, and making it even more difficult for families to make ends meet. In the Assembly, I am working for tax relief, authoring one of the few tax cuts to become law in the last budget."
  • Government Spending - "Weeding out bureaucratic waste and red tape to get government off of the backs of small businesses and individuals will be one of my most important goals."
  • Education - "I am a strong advocate of giving greater control of education to parents and teachers, and having less mandates from Washington and Madison. Milwaukee’s school choice program is one way to give parents and children options they need."
  • 2nd Amendment - "As a hunter, sportsman, and strong defender of the right of individuals to protect themselves, I will oppose efforts by those who would trample on our constitutionally protected rights to keep and bear arms."
  • Big Government Mandates - "We don't need the state government to act as a nanny for us all. I will work in the Assembly to promote individual freedom and stop the seemingly endless march toward more and more government regulation of our daily lives."


2011 unemployment bill

Zipperer was one of three Republican state senators, including Mary Lazich and Glenn Grothman, who voted no on the Wisconsin State Senate's version of an unemployment bill in July 2011.

The bill, which could eliminate a newly instituted one-week waiting period on the receipt of unemployment benefits, passed in the Senate with a vote of 30-3. State officials said the one-week waiting period is a crucial part of the effort to root out fraud, but the bill works to eliminate it.

Democratic Senator Robert Jauch called the one-week waiting period “a 55 million dollar highway robbery of workers."[3]

After the initial Senate vote, the Assembly voted 81-16 to retain the one-week waiting period.[4] The Senate then moved to agree with the Assembly along party lines, with a 19-14 vote, retaining the one-week waiting period.[5]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:[6]

  • 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
  • AB-263 Restraining order and injunction violations: court may order person to submit to GPS tracking by Corr.Dept in certain cases; surcharge and penalties for tampering with device

Rich was the lead sponsor on Assembly Bill 739 in 2008 in which would make all earmarks go public before debate and also prohibit air dropping of earmarks in conference committee. AB 739 passed, but it was killed in the Wisconsin State Senate Rules Committee.



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010
See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Zipperer was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 33. Zipperer did not run for re-election to Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. He ran for an open seat in Wisconsin State Senate District 33, vacated by Theodore Kanavas, who did not run for re-election. He defeated his opponent Tim Dietrich in the September 14, 2010,primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7] [8][9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 33 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Zipperer (R) 62,732 99.5%
Wisconsin Senate, District 33 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rich Zipperer (R) 24,107 73.74%
Tim Dietrich (R) 8,562 26.19%

Campaign donors


In 2010, when Zipperer first won election to the Senate, he collected $85,591 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Sylvia DuBois $1,250
American Legislative Exchange Council $1,026
13 contributors $1,000 each


The top five donors to Zipperer's 2008 campaign:[11]

Donor Amount
WI Restaurant Assoc $500
Delgado, Jose M $500
General Electric $500
WI Dental Assoc $500
Zipperer, Albert $500


Zipperer and his wife, Rita, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore Kanavas
Wisconsin State Senate District 33
2011-August 5, 2012
Succeeded by
Paul Farrow (R)
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 98
Succeeded by
Paul Farrow (R)