Dale Kooyenga

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Dale Kooyenga
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
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
AssociatesMoraine Valley Community College, 2000
Bachelor'sLakeland College, 2000
Master'sMarquette University, 2007
Date of birth02/12/1979
Place of birthOak Lawn, IL
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
Office website
Campaign website
Dale Kooyenga is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Sign up to receive E-updates from Rep. Kooyenga explaining current issues and news.[1]


Dale grew up the oldest of four siblings in a blue collar family and neighborhood. The son of a garbage man and a nurse, he is proud of the Christian values and strong Midwestern work ethic instilled in him by his parents. Following high school, Dale attended his local Community College on a basketball scholarship and was subsequently recruited by Lakeland College in Sheboygan, where he played NCAA Division III basketball and graduated with honors. He later went on to receive a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Marquette University. Dale applied his skills as a Certified Public Accountant at KPMG firm for ten years. During his career at this international accounting firm, he worked with Wisconsin's largest manufacturing, health care, financial services and nonprofit organizations.

In 2005, Dale enlisted in the United States Army alongside his two brothers. After completing basic training, Officer Candidate School and the Military Intelligence Officer Course, he returned to his career in public accounting and married Jennifer Smith. Two years later, Dale was called to serve in Iraq under the command of General David Petraeus. His team realized an 80% decrease in significant hostile acts from January 2008 to November 2008. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Today, Dale remains a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, owns a small business, and is most proud of his roles as a husband and father. Dale and Jennifer live in Brookfield with their three children, Grant, Taylor, and Quin, where they attend Brookfield Christian Reformed Church. [2]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations and State Licensing
Joint Finance


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


Recent Work

Kooyenga has championed both budget reform and school reform since his election in 2010. He has authored, co-authored, and sponsored bills and resolutions that facilitate the creation of local charter schools, reform treatment of Capitol Losses, in addition to many other issues.[3] During the recent budget cycle he was the leader in the effort to simplify the WI tax code. His most notable change was unifying Federal and State depreciation levels.[4]


Kooyenga's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs and the Economy - Wants to lower the tax burden on small business.
  • Human life - Supports the protection of the unborn.
  • State Finances - Supports cutting wasteful spending and government debt.
  • Right to Bear Arms - Supports keeping weapons away from violent criminals and felons.
  • Taxes - Has signed a pledge not to raise taxes.
  • Education - Supports school vouchers in order to encourage competition.
  • Voter ID - Supports requiring photo ID for voting.

Presidential preference


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

Dale Kooyenga endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kooyenga won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 14. Kooyenga ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14[6] and defeated Chris Rockwood (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDale Kooyenga Incumbent 59.1% 20,976
     Democratic Chris Rockwood 40.8% 14,490
     Scattering 0.1% 42
Total Votes 35,508


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kooyenga was unopposed in the November 2 general election. Kooyenga defeated Republicans David Coon, Dennis Kaun, Chris Maurer, Michael Olen, and Ryan Shulander in the primary election.[8]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14

Republican Primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dale P Kooyenga (R) 6,002 60.76%
David L. Coon (R) 1,634 16.54%
Chris Maurer (R) 1,225 12.4%
Ryan Shulander (R) 397 4.02%
Dennis Kaun (R) 376 3.81%
Michael E. Olen (R) 225 2.28%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kooyenga is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kooyenga raised a total of $95,033 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[9]

Dale Kooyenga's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $49,882
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 14 Won $45,151
Grand Total Raised $95,033


Kooyenga won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kooyenga raised a total of $49,882.


Kooyenga won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Kooyenga raised a total of $45,151.


Kooyenga is married and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leah Vukmir
Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
Succeeded by