Don Pridemore

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Don Pridemore
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Current candidacy
Running for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
General electionApril 2, 2013
Current office
Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth10/20/1946
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Don Pridemore (b. October 20, 1946) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 22 since 2013. He represented the 99th District from 2005 to 2013.

Pridemore is currently seeking election to the nonpartisan state executive office of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction. He will face incumbent Tony Evers in the general election on April 2, 2013.


Pridemore served in the United State Air Force and has worked as an electronics design engineer, electronics research technician, and senior electronics project engineer.

He is a member of the Erin Park Board, American Legion, Hartford Lions, Hartford Area Taxpayers Association, National Rifle Association (NRA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Washington County Republican Party, and Waukesha County Republican Party.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Campaigns and Elections, Vice Chair


During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:


During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:



See also: Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013

Pridemore is a candidate for the non-partisan statewide position of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2013.[2] The incumbent, Tony Evers, is running for re-election. Unlike previous elections where multiple individuals filed to run, Pridemore was the only challenger to submit the necessary signatures required to appear on the ballot before the[3] [4]filing deadline passed on January 2, 2013[4], thus negating the need for the scheduled February 19, 2013 primary election. Evers and Pridemore, a Republican member of the State House since 2005, will instead face off in the general election on April 2, 2013.[5]


Campaign themes

Pridemore's priorities for the Department of Public Instruction, if elected, include empowering local school boards and administrators to supersede teachers unions as the controlling forces behind state public schools, with the help of Act 10, and placing more emphasis on public schools and conservative style teaching, instead of "choice" schools, or charter schools, to meet the demands of the real world labor force. “There are so many jobs available where the kids coming out of tech schools and high schools don’t have the skills that match those jobs,” he said. “We need to make more connection with the actual world,” he told the Portage Daily Register in March 2013.[6]

He outlines the top issues on his Official campaign website. They include, but are not limited to, the following:[7]

  • Local Control:

"It is time to get the power and the money out of Madison and back to the local schools. We spend over 500 million dollars per year on special programs. School districts should be allowed to spend that money where they decide it would be most beneficial."

  • School Boards:

“School boards should be given the freedom to hire or allow a competent, well trained school official or employee who is experienced with returning force whenever force is required. Police officers, either retired or still on duty, who are trained to respond to school safety situations are the best example of such a qualified person."

  • Virtual Schools:

"There can be no doubt that online learning presents the greatest opportunity to take education to the next level for all Americans. Access to specialized instruction that was out of reach 10 years ago is now only a click of the mouse away. We must allow technology and education to come together."


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Pridemore won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 22. Pridemore defeated Nick Oliver in the Republican primary on August 14[8] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Pridemore Incumbent 98.6% 23,817
     Scattering 1.4% 348
Total Votes 24,165

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Pridemore Incumbent 83.2% 8,290
Nick Oliver 16.8% 1,675
Total Votes 9,965


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Pridemore was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 99. He defeated Democrat Tom Hibbard in the general election on November 2, 2010. He defeated Republicans Jim Batzko and Scott Henke in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [10]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Pridemore (R) 22,355
Tom Hibbard (D) 6,518
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Don Pridemore (R) 7,618 57.65%
Scott M. Henke (R) 3,164 23.94%
Jim Batzko (R) 2,427 18.37%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-336 Health care facility, health care provider, or employee of: liability from immunity for reporting violation of law or certain standards, unprofessional conduct, or negligence in patient care; confidentiality of patient health care records provision
  • AB-359 Married couple with Wisconsin adjusted gross income under certain amount: refundable individual income tax credit created

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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Pridemore received $18,883 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


The top 5 donors to Pridemore's 2008 campaign:[12]

Donor Amount
Northwestern Mutual Life $500
WI Realtors Assoc $500
Mitchell, Susan M $500
WI Motor Carriers Assoc $500
Walton, Lynne $500

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Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 99
Succeeded by
Chris Kapenga (R)