Alberta Darling

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Alberta Darling
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Wisconsin State Senate District 8
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 3, 2013
Political party Republican
Website Senate website

Alberta Darling (b. April 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate. She has represented District 8 since 1992. Previously, Darling joined the Wisconsin State Assembly 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 in 1992 to the state senate.

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]

Issue positions

Sen. Darling's issue positions, according to her website[2][3]

  • 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

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jacksonn has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacksonn served on these committees:

Darling was named as Senate Co-Chairperson of the Joint Finance Committee for the 2011-2012 session on November 5, 2010[4].


Budget bill, 2011

The legislative process for creating and passing the budget the state budget included protestors and a lot of 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.

Once Gov. Walker signs the budget into law, it will take effect July 1.

One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President Michael Ellis called for a vote. “I want my democracy back!” she screamed.

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.[5]


Senators Darling and Taylor talking about the budget

2011 recall

See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Alberta Darling recall, Wisconsin State Senate (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.[6],[7] About 30,000 signatures to recall Darling were filed on April 21, 2011.[8]

Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch filed papers with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on May 5 to run against Darling if a recall election takes place.[9]


On November 4, 2008, Alberta Darling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 8.[10]

Alberta Darling raised $534,408 for her campaign, while Sheldon Wasserman raised $543,953.[11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alberta Darling (R) 50,125
Sheldon Wasserman 49,118

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Darling includes:[12]

  • A bill to give the courts the power to determine if someone should not be allowed to possess a firearm[13]
  • A bill relating to an education tax credit for businesses[14]
  • A bill regarding income tax deductions for educational loans[15]
  • A tax exemption for older taxpayers[16]

Campaign donors


According to records available as of May 17, 2011, Darling raised $70,355 during 2010, a year she was not up for election. Listed below are the top five contributors.[17]

Donor Amount
Dean Health System $1,500
Michael Kubly $1,000
John Deere & Co $1,000
Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association $1,000
Joan Stein $1,000


Some of the top contributors to Sen. Darling's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[18]

Joel Quadracci, Margaret Uihlein, William Oberndorf, 5th Congressional District Republican Party, Patricia Ericson, and others

In 2008, Darling collected $534,408 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to her campaign. [19]

Donor Amount
Randall Knox $1,000
William Oberndorf $1,000
Kathy White $1,000
JJ Ziegler $1,000

Financial, insurance, and real estate interests were her largest donor group and most of her contributions came from individuals.

External links

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Personal life

Darling was born in Hammond, Indiana.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Senate District 8
Succeeded by