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Debra Kolste
Debra Kolste.jpeg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 44
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln (1975)
Date of birthJune 20, 1953
ProfessionMedical Technologist
Office website
Debra Kolste is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 44. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kolste served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Mental Health
Small Business Development
Workforce Development



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. Incumbent Debra Kolste was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jacob Dorsey was unopposed in the Republican primary.[1][2] However, prior to the general election, Dorsey withdrew his candidacy. Kolste was to run unopposed in the general election,[3] but Dorsey appeared on the general election ballot.[4] Incumbent Kolste defeated Dorsey, and was re-elected for another term.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Kolste Incumbent 68% 13,354
     Republican Jacob Dorsey 32% 6,298
Total Votes 19,652


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kolste won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 44. She defeated Sam Liebert, Yuri Rashkin, and Kevin Murray in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated incumbent Joe Knilans (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Joe Knilans Incumbent 38.3% 10,571
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Kolste 61.5% 16,983
     - Scattering 0.2% 43
Total Votes 27,597
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Kolste 42.1% 1,926
Kevin Murray 35.2% 1,610
Yuri Rashkin 15.4% 705
Sam Liebert 7.3% 335
Total Votes 4,576

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kolste is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kolste raised a total of $63,839 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[8]

Debra Kolste's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 Won $63,839
Grand Total Raised $63,839


Kolste won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kolste raised a total of $63,839.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Debra Kolste's campaign in 2012
Kolste, Debra$16,744
Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte of Wisconsin$1,025
Barton, Larry$500
Cullen, Timothy F$500
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin$500
Total Raised in 2012$63,839
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Knilans (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 44
Succeeded by