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Alberta Darling
Darling alberta.jpg
Wisconsin State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1990 - 1993
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1966
Personal
Birthday04/28/1944
Place of birthHammond, IN
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Alberta Darling (b. April 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 8. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Darling served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1990 to 1993. She joined the chamber by winning a special election in 1990 (defeating now-U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Richard W. Graber in the primary). She served the remainder of the term and a full two-year term in the Wisconsin State Assembly before being elected to the state senate in 1992.

Biography

Darling received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966. Before she was elected to political office, Darling was a teacher and marketing director.[1]

Darling was born in Hammond, Indiana. She survived a recall attempt in 2011.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance, Chair
Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue, Vice Chair
Employment Relations
Joint Finance, Co-chair
Joint Legislative Audit
Joint Legislative Council

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Darling served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Darling served on the following committees:

Issues

Budget bill, 2011


Senators Darling and Taylor talking about the budget

The legislative process for creating and passing the state budget included protestors and significant national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.

The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.

Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.

“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”

Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the needs of children by slashing funding for education while introducing tax breaks for businesses, and of targeting low-income residents while refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch.[2]

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Darling includes:[3]

  • A bill to give the courts the power to determine if someone should not be allowed to possess a firearm[4]
  • A bill relating to an education tax credit for businesses[5]
  • A bill regarding income tax deductions for educational loans[6]
  • A tax exemption for older taxpayers[7]

Campaign themes

2012

Darling's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8][9]

  • Education is her main focus. She has advocated things such as a strong curriculum and good learning environments.
  • Promotes improved child care, especially for at-risk children.
  • Has passed legislation to provide greater protection against sexual predators and abusive clergy.
  • Supports lower taxes and government spending caps.
  • Supports exempting social security from the state income tax and tax breaks for senior citizens.
  • Supports environmental preservation
  • Supports hunting and fishing rights
  • Supports campaign finance reform
  • Supports more accessible and affordable health care with an emphasis on wellness and prevention
  • Supports job creation and small business development

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Alberta Darling endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]

Elections

2012

Darling won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Senate, District 8.[11] Darling was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14th and the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[12]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlberta Darling Incumbent 95.6% 76,402
     Write-In Beth L. Lueck 0.6% 453
     - Scattering 3.9% 3,079
Total Votes 79,934

2011 recall

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

Other Recall Information
Recalls by YearRecall Law in WisconsinRecall laws in other statesRecalls in Wisconsin2011 Scott Walker Budget Repair BillProtests over Budget Repair BillWisconsin Government Accountability BoardRecall timelineElection Results
See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Alberta Darling recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Darling defeated Sandy Pasch in a recall election held August 9, 2011.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin began a recall campaign targeting Darling and 7 of her Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in March 2011.[13],[14] About 30,000 signatures to recall Darling were filed on April 21, 2011.[15] On May 31 the GAB upheld some of the challenges to the petition, but ultimately gave the go ahead for a recall election.[16]

Opponents

Democratic Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch ran against Darling. The Government Accountability Board (GAB) officially certified the recall election on June 3, setting the primary on July 12, and the recall election August 9.[17]

The recall would have been held on July 12, but Gladys Huber, a longtime Republican supporter, ran as a protest candidate, necessitating a Democratic primary between herself and Pasch.

Nicholas Brehm had filed to run as a "placeholder" Democrat, but did not take the final step to be on the ballot. Following the news that all six "fake" Democrats had turned in their final paperwork to get on the ballot to the GAB, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that it would not be running their placeholder candidates in the recalls as they were no longer necessary. Party Chair Mike Tate explained, "The goal of the placeholder candidacies was to create an insurance policy against further Republican attempts to exploit the recall election schedule through dirty tricks and cynical plots."[18]

July 12 Democratic primary[19]
Candidates Votes Percent


Sandy Pasch Approveda 21,657 64.13%
Gladys Huber 11,865 35.14%
Scattering 246 0.73%
  • Nicholas Brehm Note: Brehm filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.

Darling narrowly defeated Pasch in the August 9 recall.

August 9 Recall - District 8[20]
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Alberta Darling (R) 39,449 53.62%
Sandy Pasch (D) 34,071 46.31%
Scattering 56 .08%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Alberta Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 8.[21]

Alberta Darling raised $534,408 for her campaign, while Sheldon Wasserman raised $543,953.[22]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Alberta Darling (R) 50,125
Sheldon Wasserman 49,118

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Darling is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Darling raised a total of $2,307,191 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[23]

Alberta Darling's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Won $116,304
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Won $987,820
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $86,380
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Won $534,408
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $102,071
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Won $213,073
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $47,750
2000 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Won $219,385
Grand Total Raised $2,307,191

2012

Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $116,304.

2011

Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $987,820.

2010

Darling was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $86,380.

2008

Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $534,408.

2006

Darling was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $102,071.

2004

Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $213,073.

2002

Darling was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $47,750.

2000

Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Darling raised a total of $219,385.

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