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was a 2012 Democratic
candidate who sought election to the U.S. House
representing the 1st Congressional District
. He lost to incumbent Paul Ryan
Zerban attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. He started two small business and he served two terms as a Kenosha County Board of Supervisors.
Zerban listed some of his campaign's issues on his website:
- Term Limits- I support limiting members of the House of Representatives and Senate to twelve years in office. That means a maximum of six two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in Senate.
- I will take a serious look at supporting any bipartisan term-limit proposal.
- Redistricting- I support independent redistricting committees to end corruption in the way districts are drawn up.
- I support any ban on lobbying by former Members of Congress
- I will oppose Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and will promote Fair Trade that benefits the workers of all nations involved. FTAs do not work, they hurt American industry, and I will oppose the outsourcing of American jobs. See trade policy.
- I will support changes to our tax code to reward job creation in America, not outsourcing of jobs.
- I support rebuilding our infrastructure to increase economic activity and create construction jobs.
- I support education for workers including low or no-cost job retraining.
- I support Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and will fight to protect them. I support retirement security for all Americans.
- I support a Constitutional Amendment to undo the damaging decision of Citizens United and to end unlimited special interest money in our politics.
- I support any increased disclosure and transparency legislation, including McCain-Feingold, to shed light on campaign finances and political spending by individuals or groups.
- I will support any and all efforts to Reform Congress, increase transparency, reinstitute strict ethical standards for public servants, and get money out of politics.
- See also: Wisconsin's 1st congressional district elections, 2012
Zerban ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Wisconsin's 1st District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was defeated by Republican incumbent Paul Ryan in the November general election.
While Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney on August 11th to be his running mate, Wisconsin law allowed Ryan to pursue his House re-election at the same time. If Ryan had been elected for both offices, the state would hold a special election to fill his U.S. House seat. 
Breakdown of the source of Zerban's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Zerban lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Zerban's campaign committee raised a total of $2,265,721 and spent $2,250,102.
|U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1, 2012 - Rob Zerban Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner
|Total Spent by Election Winner
|Top contributors to Rob Zerban's campaign committee|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|