Dave Craig

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Dave Craig
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 83
Incumbent
Assumed office
May, 2011
Current term ends
January 3, 2013
Political party Republican
Profession Congressional aide
Dave Craig is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 83. Craig was elected 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]

Craig is a native of southeastern Wisconsin and previously worked as a congressional aide to Rep. Paul Ryan.

Campaign themes

On his 2011 campaign site, Craig details his policy platform:

  • 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."

Elections

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Craig defeated James Brownlow (D) in the special election on May 3, 2011.[2][3][4]

Personal

Craig and his wife, Amy, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Gunderson
Wisconsin State Assembly District 83
2011–present
Succeeded by
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