Dave Craig

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Dave Craig
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 83
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 electedMay 3, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
David Craig is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 83. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011 in the May 3 special election. He filled the vacancy created when Scott Gunderson (R) resigned to serve as the executive assistant at the Department of Natural Resources.[1]


A fifth-generation Wisconsinite, Dave grew up in a family business and saw firsthand the barriers that big government places in front of small business, hampering their success. Dave was hired out of college as an aide to Congressman Paul Ryan and worked the next nine years helping Congressman Ryan advance the cause of limited government and the free enterprise system. During this time, Dave also held a job in the private sector.

In May 2011, Dave was elected to represent the 83rd Assembly District in a special election. Since then, Dave has fought along side Governor Walker to put Wisconsin's economy back on track - balancing the budget for the first time in over a decade, enacting concealed carry legislation, introducing "crowdfunding" in Wisconsin to free up capital for small businesses and helping lead the fight against ObamaCare in Wisconsin.

Before his election, Dave served in various leadership positions in his church, as well as serving on the Village of Big Bend Board of Trustees. In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and bow-fishing.

Committee assignments


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:


Legislation sponsored in 2013 includes:

  • AB 58/SB 70 Relating to bank service corporations and credit union service organizations.
  • AB 115 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 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.

Campaign themes


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."
  • Health Care 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, 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.[2]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Craig Incumbent 69.7% 23,034
     Democratic James Brownlow 30.2% 9,967
     - Scattering 0.1% 23
Total Votes 33,024


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Craig defeated James Brownlow (D) in the special election on May 3, 2011.[3][4][5]

Campaign donors

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.[6]

Dave Craig's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83 Won $38,133
2011 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 83 Won $38,040
Grand Total Raised $76,173


Craig won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Craig raised a total of $38,133.


Craig won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Craig raised a total of $38,040.


Craig and his wife Amy have four children. Craig is a native of southeastern Wisconsin.

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Preceded by
Scott Gunderson
Wisconsin State Assembly District 83
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