Dean Knudson

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Dean Knudson
Dean Knudson.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 30
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
Date of birth04/29/1961
Place of birthMayville, ND
Office website
Dean Knudson (b. April 29, 1961) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30. He was first elected in 2010.

Knudson was mayor of Hudson, WI from 2008-2010, after serving on the Hudson City council from 1996 to 2002, and was previously Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Croix County Wisconsin.

Knudson earned his DVM in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University, is the founder and owner of Hillcrest Animal Hospital, and has owned Veterinary Service Corporation since 2003.[1][2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Knudson served on these committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Knudson won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 30. Knudson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Diane Odeen (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Knudson Incumbent 55.8% 17,261
     Democratic Diane Odeen 44.1% 13,657
     - Scattering 0.1% 20
Total Votes 30,938


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Knudson defeated Democrat Matt Borup in the November 2 general election. He was unopposed in the primary election. [4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Knudson (R) 14,124
Matt Borup (D) 8,629
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 30 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Knudson (R) 2,947 99.66%

Campaign themes

Knudson's website lists the following views of the issues:

  • Jobs and the Economy - Spending needs to be under control, and policies need to be enacted that will "encourage job growth in the private sector."
  • Tax Relief - Business taxes need to be cut, and reforms to "unleash the innovative, creative power of our free enterprise system."
  • Improving Education - "Needs to couple student achievement to the evaluations and rewards given to teachers." [5]

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[6]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Knudson first won election to the State Assembly, he collected $59,896 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Steven Hamill $1,000
Susan Umbrel $1,000
Roger Bevers $1,000
National Rifle Association $500
Wisconsin Republican Party $500
Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association $500
14 individual donors $500 each


Knudson and his wife, Joy, have two children.

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