Robin Vos

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Robin Vos
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 63
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker, Wisconsin State Assembly
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday07/05/1968
Place of birthBurlington, WI
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robin Vos is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He has served as Speaker of the Assembly since 2013.[1]

Biography

Vos has worked as a congressional district director, legislative assistant, and small business owner.

Vos previously served on the Racine County Board from 1994 to 2004 and on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1989 to 1991.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Assembly Organization, Chair
Employment Relations, Chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Employment Relations, Co-chair
Joint Legislative Council
Legislative Organization, Co-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vos served on these committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Vos served on these committees:

Issues

Speed limit increase

After Illinois increased its speed limit to 70 miles per hour, Vos gave support to a bill, forwarded by Assemblyman Paul Tittl (R), that would increase Wisconsin's speed limit to 70 miles per hour. Tittl noted that Wisconsin was the sole state in the Midwest that still had a 65 miles per hour speed limit, despite the recent uptick of states increasing their speed limits. However, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said that the Senate did not plan to take up the issue any time soon, and Governor Scott Walker (R) has not taken a position on the bill.[3]

Budget, 2011

The 2011 budget battle in Wisconsin was particularly unusual and contentious. Gov. Scott Walker's bill faced opposition from Democrats and citizen protestors in Madison, Wisconsin. At 3 a.m. on June 15, 2011, the Assembly passed the bill.

At one point in the process, Democrats introduced a wide-reaching amendment that would restore funding to public schools while, in part, nixing provisions for expanding the school vouchers program. When they introduced this, speakers argued that Republicans were rewarding school-voucher proponents who made campaign contributions.

“I did not take the time to look at how much (the state teachers union Wisconsin Education Association Council) gave to all of you to guarantee that you would offer amendments like this,” said Rep. Robin Vos in response.

Vos then said school districts beyond Milwaukee have problems — notably Racine, where Republicans hope to allow vouchers.

While Democrats called the budget an attack on middle-class families that includes $800 million in cuts to schools, Republicans say it is the first responsible budget in years.

“We said it’s time for government to go on a diet, and that’s exactly what we do in this budget,” Vos said.[4]

Recall reform

On August 10, Vos (R) announced his intent to draft legislation that would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to clarify the reasons for recall.[5] In a quote given to the Wisconsin Reporter, Vos said, "Losing an election does not mean you count down days until you can recall somebody," and that "despising someone should not rise to the level of a recallable offense."[6]

In his press release, Vos said, "No longer should taxpayer dollars be wasted on unnecessary recall elections that were triggered by a vote that some special interest group didn’t like. It undermines our democracy and wastes precious taxpayer dollars that are needed elsewhere."[5]

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), a business association with about 4,000 members, threw its support behind Vos' efforts. A statement on the organization's website outlined the group's position. "As we all know, uncertainty and political instability are not good for job creation. That’s why WMC will be supporting recall reform in Wisconsin."[7]

Among those opposing the idea were Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca. Barca issued the following statement in an August press release:[8]

"Floating this constitutional amendment the day after successful recall elections that held legislators accountable appears to indicate that Republicans are frightened that future actions to hold them accountable will also be successful. We must encourage and build on the amazing outpouring of public involvement in democracy that we have seen this year."

According to Article 13, section 12, the state constitution gives only these stipulations for recall:

  • Legislators must have served at least one year to be eligible for recall
  • To initiate a recall against a legislator, a recall petition needs to be signed by electors equaling at least twenty-five percent of the vote cast for the office of governor at the last preceding election, in the state, county or district which the incumbent represents

Under the constitution without the amendment, the state had no requirement for state level recall petitions to declare a reason why the targeted legislator should be recalled. A reason is currently required at the local level. Vos' amendment sought to unify the state and local requirements, thereby incorporating into state recall law a mandate requiring petitions to include a valid reason for recall.[5]

Vos's amendment passed the Assembly but did not pass the Senate. Representative Jim Steineke (R) introduced a similar amendment in 2013.[5][9]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-120 State agency expenditures, contracts, and grants: DOA required to make available on a Web site
  • AB-192 Highway construction or maintenance worker: intentionally causing bodily harm to made a felony
  • AB-225 Mandatory minimum sentences for certain child sex crimes applied only if convicted person was under age 18

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Andy Mitchell was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Robin Vos defeated Bryn Biemeck in the Republican primary. Vos will face Mitchell in the general election.[10][11][12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Vos Incumbent 89.5% 4,594
Bryn Biemeck 10.5% 540
Total Votes 5,134

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Vos won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 63. Vos ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Kelley Albrecht (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13][14]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Vos Incumbent 58.3% 17,704
     Democratic Kelley Albrecht 41.6% 12,637
     - Scattering 0.1% 21
Total Votes 30,362

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Vos was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 63. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[15]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robin J. Vos (R) 8,155 99.84%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vos is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Vos raised a total of $2,370,583 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[16]

Robin Vos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $2,000,601
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $119,689
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $113,329
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $86,819
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $50,145
Grand Total Raised $2,370,583

2012

Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $200,601.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robin Vos's campaign in 2012
Messersmith, Eric G$1,000
Stone, William H$600
Obernberger, David J$575
Obernberger, Bonnie A$575
Turkal, Nick W$500
Total Raised in 2012$200,601
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $119,689.

2008

Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $113,329.

2006

Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $86,819.

2004

Vos won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $50,145.

Personal

Vos is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Knights of Columbus, Leadership Council - National Federation of Independent Business, Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, Racine County Republican Party, Racine Zoological Society, and the Racine/Kenosha Farm Bureau.[2]

Controversies

Milwaukee policing

In August 2013, Vos refuted Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett's request for state funding to help combat crime in Milwaukee by implying that the city's current policing strategies needed to be more effective before state funds were contributed. Saying he was still open to the city's request for $500,000, Vos stated, "There's been a dramatic decline in the number of officers who are patrolling," adding "I think those are bad decisions that have been made by the city. ...I certainly don't want to exacerbate those, but we need to have them step up first. They have created a lot of these problems with the policies that have been implemented," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In response, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn released a statement arguing that it was "obvious that Representative Vos has been intentionally misinformed." Flynn's office noted that there are fewer officer vacancies and more filled positions since Flynn arrived in 2007, and that violent crime is actually down.[17]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

2012

In 2012, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 16.

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References

  1. Wisconsin State Legislature, " 2013 Assembly Resolution 1," January 7, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014
  3. The Associated Press, "Wisconsin: 70 mph speed limit not a sure thing at Capitol," August 20, 2013
  4. Wisconsin Reporter, "Assembly passes budget at 3 a.m.," June 15th, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Wisconsin Legislature, "Robin Vos' press release," August 10, 2011
  6. Wisconsin Reporter.com, "WMC, others push recall reform," August 17, 2011
  7. WMC, "Government Issue & Policy," accessed June 18, 2014
  8. Wisconsin State Assembly, "Rep. Barca: Statement on Rep. Vos’ recall bill," August 11, 2011
  9. State Representative Jim Steineke, "Rep. Steineke Introduces Recall Election Reform," April 3, 2013
  10. Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 2014 fall primary election results," accessed August 12, 2014
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability, "Candidates Registered by Office," June 11, 2014
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2014 Partisan Primary Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
  13. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall Partisan Primary, accessed May 5, 2014
  14. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
  15. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Vos, Robin J," accessed June 6, 2013
  17. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chief Edward Flynn calls Assembly Speaker Vos "intentionally misinformed" on Milwaukee crime numbers," August 12, 2013
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 63
2005–present
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