Robb Kahl

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Robb Kahl
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 47
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRipon College, 1994
J.D.UW Law School, 1997
Office website
Campaign website
Robb Kahl is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Kahl graduated from Ripon College in 1994 and earned his J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1997.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2015
State Affairs and Government Operations
Energy and Utilities
Children and Families


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


Campaign themes


Kahl's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Collective Bargaining

  • Excerpt: "I support the restoration of collective bargaining rights for all public employees. As Mayor of Monona, I worked with our employees under the previous collective bargaining system to find compromise and fairness, and we must return to an environment where employees once again have a say in their workplace conditions."

The War On Women

  • Excerpt: "A woman’s right to make very personal and private medical decisions impacting her body, including any decisions regarding reproductive rights, must be protected. We must reverse the cuts to women’s health care access, including the elimination of funding for thousands of women receiving breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control and STD/HIV testing and treatment through Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin."


  • Excerpt: "Responsible job growth requires an understanding of our economy and the obligation that we all share to be stewards of the land. I understand the balance needed to meet both our job growth goals and environmental obligations. To satisfy both we must invite all parties to be part of an open dialogue to find balanced solutions like improving the environmental performance of our existing electrical generation facilities while also continuing to push to be the leader in renewable, clean energy like wind and biomass."


  • Excerpt: "However, we can and should do more to expand and strengthen this service by allowing local governments to partner and have a stronger voice in funding transit investments via locally governed Regional Transit Authorities."

Marriage Equality

  • Excerpt: "The right of any person, regardless of sex, to marry the person he or she loves and have the opportunity to build a family together is one we must continue as a society to pursue and provide. Wisconsin has made some vital steps in the advancement of rights for all individuals with regard to equality in relationships and parenthood, but we can and should do more to provide equal rights for every person."



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly 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. Incumbent Robb Kahl was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Phillip Anderson ran as a Libertarian. Kahl and Anderson faced off in the general election as Michael LaForest (Green) was removed from the candidate list.[2][3] Incumbent Kahl defeated Anderson in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl Incumbent 81.6% 20,332
     Libertarian Phillip Anderson 18.4% 4,596
Total Votes 24,928


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kahl won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 47. He defeated Amanda Hall in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Sandy Bakk (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Sandy Bakk 29% 9,054
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl 70.9% 22,113
     - Scattering 0.1% 36
Total Votes 31,203
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl 67.6% 3,037
Amanda Hall 32.4% 1,457
Total Votes 4,494

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kahl is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kahl raised a total of $60,922 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[7]

Robb Kahl's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 Won $60,922
Grand Total Raised $60,922


Kahl won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kahl raised a total of $60,922.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Ripp (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 47
Succeeded by