Rick Gudex

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Rick Gudex
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Wisconsin State Senate, District 18
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
President Pro Tempore
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Richard Gudex is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2015
Universities and Technical Colleges
Economic Development and Commerce, Chair
Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs, Vice Chair
Joint Legislative Council


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


Campaign themes


Gudex's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Building a “Jobs-First” Business Climate: "Over the last 10-15 years, the private sector has been under attack. Job-killing tax hikes and an increasingly hostile environment for job creators have made the effects of the national recession even worse in our state."
  • Control Taxes, Control Spending: "Don’t spend what you don’t have, work to keep the tax burden low, and don’t push deficits into the future for someone else to deal with. I will work to end wasteful spending by our state government, and if budgetary challenges arise, I won’t 'take the easy way out.'"
  • Family Values: "I believe in parental accountability and that it is the duty of parents, not the government, to raise children so that they can achieve their full potential. As a society, we should be there to support that effort. We must reverse the slow erosion of the Wisconsin family unit, and ensure that educational opportunities of many different shapes and sizes are available to parents who strive each day to do what’s best for the next generation."



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

Gudex won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Senate, District 18. Gudex ran unopposed in the August 14th primary and defeated incumbent Jessica King (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Unofficial results showed Gudex leading King by under 600 votes. King initially refused to concede the election, but did on November 13.[3]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jessica King Incumbent 49.6% 42,479
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Gudex 50.3% 43,079
     - Scattering 0.1% 90
Total Votes 85,648

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gudex is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gudex raised a total of $328,542 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[4]

Rick Gudex's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 18 Won $328,542
Grand Total Raised $328,542


Gudex won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gudex raised a total of $328,542.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jessica King (D)
Wisconsin State Senate District 18
Succeeded by