Dean Kaufert

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Dean Kaufert
Kaufert Dean.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 55
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 24
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth05/23/1957
Place of birthOutagamie County, WI
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Dean Kaufert (b. May 23, 1957) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 55th District since 1991. He previously served as an Alderman for the City of Neenah from 1985-1991.

Kaufert is the owner of the Trophy and Awards Store. He is a member of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Neenah-Menasha Bowling Association, Neenah-Menasha Elks Club, Neenah-Menasha Noon Optimists, and the Winnebago County Republican Party.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kaufert has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kaufert served on these committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kaufert won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 55. Kaufert defeated Jay Schroeder in the Republican primary on August 14[2] and defeated Jim Crail (D) and Rich Martin (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 55 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDean Kaufert Incumbent 65% 4,612
Jay Schroeder 35% 2,487
Total Votes 7,099


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kaufert was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 55. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 55 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dean R. Kaufert (R) 3,822 99.3%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-117 Budget process: withholding pay and expenses from legislators and certain state elected officials if not passed by August 1 of odd-numbered year; acceptance of political contributions by partisan elective state officials prohibited between certain dates, penalty provision;
  • AB-191 OWI conviction for 2nd or 3rd offense: expanding a pilot program that reduces period of imprisonment if violator completes probation that includes AODA treatment
  • AB-345 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility: Corr.Dept may not enter into an agreement or contract to imprison prisoners or detainees from unless they violated a Wisconsin law

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kaufert received $10,601 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


The top 5 donors to Kaufert's 2008 campaign were all individuals:[6]

Donor Amount
Sharp, Sherry $1,000
Mitchell, Susan M $1,000
Walton, Jim $1,000
Anderson, Travis $1,000
Walton, Christy $1,000

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