Chris Kapenga

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Chris Kapenga
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 99
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2013
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'sCalvin College, 1994
Office website
Chris Kapenga is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 99. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Kapenga earned a B.S. in accountancy from Calvin College and is a CPA. Before assuming office, he was the owner and president of Integrated Time Systems.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Constitution and Ethics, Co-Chair
Financial Institutions, Vice-chair
Jobs, Economy and Mining


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


Campaign themes


Kapenga's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Economy and jobs - "Our economy runs on businesses, not government."
  • Taxes - He proposes "to bring more accountability into place and stop the extreme spending habits of the liberal democrats in power."
  • Welfare - Will work to refine the definition of "the poor" while supporting the "moral obligation" ." ensure that those in society who are unable to care for themselves are cared for. "
  • Immigration - Supports government assurances to "provide a reasonable process of review in a timely manner." for applicants for citizenship."
  • Role of Government - Kapenga believes that "n.o law should be passed that goes beyond the defined scope, with the exception of a passed amendment taking place that changes the scope."
  • Education - "The key to quality education is solid teachers, involved parents, and local decision making."
  • Environment - He believes in protecting the clean water of the Great Lakes and "in programs such as increased use of nuclear power plants, which would decrease pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels."
  • Religion -"Exercise of this freedom must be upheld, and only when religion conflicts with the well-being of society should government step in."
  • Abortion - Kapenga is pro-life.




See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kapenga won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 99. Kapenga ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Thomas Hibbard (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Kapenga Incumbent 76.3% 26,314
     Democratic Thomas Hibbard 23.7% 8,166
     - Scattering 0% 15
Total Votes 34,495


See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Kapenga ran in the special election for state Senate District 33. Rich Zipperer (R) resigned the seat to join Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet. Kapenga faced fellow state Rep. Paul Farrow (R) in the Republican primary on November 6.[5][6] Kapenga conceded the November 6 Republican primary race to Farrow.[7]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kapenga was unopposed in the November 2 general election. Kapenga defeated Republicans Joe Deklotz, Brian Dorow, and Steve Ksobiech in the primary election.[8]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 33 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Kapenga(R) 5,253 39.87%
Brian Dorow (R) 4,541 34.47%
Joe Deklotz (R) 2,646 20.09%
Steve Ksobiech (R) 734 5.57%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kapenga is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kapenga raised a total of $226,204 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[9]

Chris Kapenga's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 / Wisconsin State Senate, District 33* Won $142,888
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 33 Won $83,316
Grand Total Raised $226,204
*In 2012 Kapenga raised $139,313 for his Assembly seat, which he won, and $3,575 for a State Senate special election, which he lost.


General election

Kapenga won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kapenga raised a total of $139,313.

Special election

Kapenga lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kapenga raised a total of $3,575.


Kapenga won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Kapenga raised a total of $83,316.


Presidential preference


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

Chris Kapenga endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]


Kapenga is married.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Don Pridemore (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 99
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 33
Succeeded by
Stephen Nass (R)