|Wisconsin State Assembly District 83|
|2011 - Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||May 3, 2011|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Wisconsin Lutheran High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee|
|Birthday||March 16, 1979|
|Place of birth||Waukesha, Wisconsin|
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Craig is a fifth-generation Wisconsinite. While growing up, Craig worked at his family's small business and was inspired by President Reagan to join the conservative movement. As such, while attending college, Craig interned with then U.S. Representative for New Mexico Heather Wilson. Following graduation from UW-Milwaukee in 2002, Craig was hired as an aide to Congressman Paul Ryan. He worked for Ryan for nine years while also holding a job in the private sector.
From 2008 to 2010, Craig served on the Village of Big Bend Board of Trustees. He is also a licensed real estate agent.
In May 2011, Dave was elected to represent the 83rd Assembly District in a special election. He was re-elected in 2012.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Craig served on the following committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Campaigns and Elections|
|• Family Law|
|• Financial Institutions, Chair|
|• Government Operations and State Licensing, Vice-chair|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Craig served on these committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Judiciary and Ethics|
|• Financial Institutions|
Legislation sponsored by Craig in 2013 includes:
- AB 58/SB 70 Relating to bank service corporations and credit union service organizations.
- AB 115/SB116 Relating to remittance transfers under the Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A, relating to funds transfers.
- AB 161/SB 154 Relating to injunctions suspending or restraining the enforcement or execution statewide of a statute of this state.
- AB 189 Relating to incorporations of villages and cities involving more than one town.
- AB 277 Relating to rule-making procedures and modifying and repealing various rules promulgated by the Department of Financial Institutions.
- AB 257 Relating to exemption from civil liability for electric service providers.
- AB 514/SB 392 Relating to requiring legislation for agencies to take an action to, request federal moneys to, and use state moneys to assist the federal government to create or implement a health benefit exchange.
- SJR 38/AJR 43 Relating to religious liberty and the right of conscience.
- AB 275/SB 243 Relating to requiring approval by a municipal governing body before construction of highway roundabouts.
- AB 350 Relating to exemptions from securities registration requirements.
- AJR 49 Relating to the terms people and person.
- AB 512/SB 390 Relating to expanding the requirement of county board approval of a town amendment of its zoning ordinances.
Bolded bill titles indicate the bill has been signed by the governor and enacted into law. For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the Assembly site.
Craig's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Governing Philosophy: "I believe that that government is best which governs least. I believe that taxing of one’s income and regulation of one’s actions are inherently restrictive to liberty."
- State Budget Reform: "I believe our state government is too big. Every household in Wisconsin has had to adjust it’s budget during these hard economic times. Our state government should be no different. I oppose raising taxes, fees or raiding segregated funds to fill our budget deficit. We need to implement massive spending cuts immediately and put our government on a spending diet that respects our individual liberties and our businesses. I PLEDGE TO OPPOSE ANY BUDGET THAT RAISES TAXES."
- Life: "I believe that life begins at conception. I oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide. While the state should intervene as little as possible in peoples’ lives, I believe the state has an inherent role in promoting a civil society that respects life at all stages."
- Marriage: "I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am opposed to any legislation allowing for same sex marriages or civil unions."
- Taxes: "Our state tax code is beginning to rival the federal tax code in complexity. I believe we need to overhaul our current tax code and replace it with a simplified system. I would look at all possible reforms, including REPLACING our current progressive tax code with a consumption tax or flat tax."
- Healthcare Reform: "I support state action challenging the Constitutionality of the new federal health care mandate."
- Education: "We must reduce the tax and regulatory burden on families, allowing for more opportunity for involvement in the education of their children. I support parental choice in education, including the use of vouchers."
- Energy: "I support lifting the moratorium limiting nuclear energy production. I oppose all efforts to institute a statewide cap and trade system, or any other taxing system that penalizes carbon dioxide production."
- Tort Reform: "Our system has been abused time and time again in awarding massive non-economic damage awards to plaintiffs. This practice stifles business, bogs down the courts and tramples individual liberties. For these reasons, I support legislation capping non-economic damages."
- 2nd Amendment: "I believe this vision includes the right to carry arms, be it openly or concealed. I further believe that the legislature should approve “Castle Doctrine” legislation."
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014
Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Jim Brownlow was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dave Craig was unopposed in the Republican primary. Brownlow and Craig faced off in the general election. Incumbent Craig defeated Brownlow, and was re-elected for another term.
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012
Craig won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 83. Craig ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated James Brownlow (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dave Craig Incumbent||69.7%||23,034|
Comprehensive donor information for Craig is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Craig raised a total of $76,173 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.
|Dave Craig's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83||$38,133|
|2011||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83||$38,040|
|Grand Total Raised||$76,173|
2012Craig won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Craig raised a total of $38,133.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dave Craig's campaign in 2012|
|Poulsen, James D||$500|
|Kolb, Walter L||$500|
|Huss, Gary D||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$38,133|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2011Craig won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Craig raised a total of $38,040.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dave Craig's campaign in 2011|
|1St District Republican Party of Wisconsin||$800|
|Kolb, Walter L||$750|
|Schroeder, Alan E||$750|
|Total Raised in 2011||$38,040|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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- WKBT, "3 Wis. lawmakers bid adieu to take jobs with gov," January 3, 2011
- Wisconsin State Legislature, "Representative David Craig," accessed November 22, 2013
- Vote Dave Craig, "About," accessed November 22, 2013
- Wisconsin State Assembly, "State Representative Davide Craig," accessed November 22, 2013
- Wisconsin Government Accountability, "Candidates Registered by Office," June 11, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2014 Partisan Primary Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
- Madison.com, "Election Results: Wisconsin Legislature," accessed November 5, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," accessed June 12, 2012
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Governor Orders Special Elections for Three Assembly Seats," February 23, 2011
- The Journal Times, "Two candidates running for Rep. Gunderson’s seat - May 3 election," March 29, 2011
- Daily Journal, "Republican Craig defeats Brownlow for Assembly seat in southeast Wisconsin district," May 03, 2011
- followthemoney.org, "Craig, Dave," accessed June 7, 2013
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