Brett Hulsey

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Brett Hulsey
Brett Hulsey1.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College, 1982
Master'sUniversity of Oklahoma, 1988
Date of birth04/28/1959
Office website
Brett Hulsey is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 78 since 2013. He represented District 77 from 2011 to 2013.

Hulsey had been a Dane County Board Supervisor from 1998 up until his election. Hulsey is the founder and president of Better Environmental Solutions, a small business that consults about renewable energy.[1] He holds a BA from Middlebury College and a MS in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Utilities
Government Operations and State Licensing


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



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Hulsey won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 78. Hulsey defeated Christopher Fisher in the Democratic primary on August 14[2] and defeated Jonathan Dedering (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Hulsey Incumbent 75.4% 22,853
     Green Jonathan Dedering 24.2% 7,323
     - Scattering 0.4% 118
Total Votes 30,294

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Hulsey Incumbent 91.3% 5,215
Christopher Fisher 8.7% 497
Total Votes 5,712


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Hulsey defeated Republican David Redick, Green Party Ben Manski, and Independent David Olson in the November 2 general election. Hulsey defeated Democrats Dianne Hesselbein, John Imes, Fred Wade, and Douglas Zwank in the primary election. [4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 77 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brett Hulsey (D) 12,142
Ben Manski (G) 7,762
David Redick (R) 4,670
David Olson (I) 373
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 77 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bret Hulsey (D) 2,904 44.17%
Dianne H. Hesselbein (D) 1,992 30.3%
Fred Wade (D) 1,125 17.11%
John Imes (D) 347 5.28%
Douglas C. Zwank (D) 205 3.12%

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[5]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Hulsey first won election to the State Assembly, he collected $61,652 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Brett Hulsey $3,183
Bonnie Cox $800
18 other contributors $500 each

Campaign themes

Hulsey's slogan on the campaign website is "Progress for a better Wisconsin." He lists positions on the following issues, and generally emphasizes environmental issues.

  • Education
  • Conservation - Supports a ban on unnecessary commercial diesel idling.
  • Energy - Supports clean jobs, clean energy and clean air.
  • Health care - For a healthier Wisconsin.
  • Human rights - Supports a wooman's right to choose.
  • Human services - Believes in protecting vulnerable citizens, and champions seniors.
  • Labor - Believes he understands labor issues. [7]


Hulsey is married and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Pocan (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Spencer Black
Wisconsin State Assembly District 77
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
Terese Berceau (D)