|Wisconsin State Assembly District 22|
|2005 - Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 2, 2013|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||Milwaukee, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Pridemore ran for the nonpartisan state executive office of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2013. He was defeated by incumbent Tony Evers in the general election on April 2, 2013.
Pridemore holds a degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University. He 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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pridemore served on the following committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Campaigns and Elections, Vice Chair|
|• Urban Education, Chair|
|• Workforce Development|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Children and Families, Chair|
|• Colleges and Universities|
|• Elections and Campaign Reform|
|• Personal Privacy|
During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
|Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Energy and Utilities|
|• Jobs, the Economy and Small Business|
|• Judiciary and Ethics|
|• Tax Exemptions|
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.
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.
- 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."
Following his loss in the 2013 race for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pridemore announced he would consider running again for the position in 2017 if no other conservatives step up.
Pridemore was a 2013 candidate for the non-partisan statewide position of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction. 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 filing deadline passed on January 2, 2013, thus negating the need for the scheduled February 19, 2013 primary election. Evers and Pridemore, a Republican member of the State House since 2005, instead faced off in the general election on April 2, 2013, which Evers won.
- General election
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tony Evers Incumbent||61.1%||487,030|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
With less than three weeks to go until the election, incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers and Pridemore faced off on March 13, 2013 at a meeting of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards in Madison. The race, which is non-partisan, had focused on education proposals put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his budget plan.
Pridemore supports Walker's plan to expand the use of vouchers in the state while not increasing public school spending. Meanwhile Evers, who was first elected in 2009, opposes both measures and wants to increase spending by $225 per student.
Pridemore said budgets are tight and schools should not expect more money. "A lot of these common core standards really started with international standards. Now, why should we be beholden to some worldwide organization that's just trying to dumb down America," he stated.
Regarding school safety, Pridemore proposed allowing schools to have armed volunteers to provide security, which Evers said risks turning schools into the "wild west." While presenting a stark contrast in most of their views, the two did agree in their opposition to Walker's proposal to create a separate school board to oversee charter schools.
Money in the campaign
On March 25, 2013, one week before the election, The Associated Press reported that incumbent Tony Evers' re-campaign had spent almost $210,000 since January, and will end the campaign with about $40,000 cash on hand. These figures reflect the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the candidates' committees with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The latest report lists contributions and spending from Jan 1-March 18. According to the AP report, Pridemore's last filing, covering Jan. 1-Feb 4., showed him spending under $20,000, a significantly lower sum than his opponent. However the lion's share of Evers' spending occurred between Feb. 5 and March 18, therefore it is difficult to assess the candidates' comparative financial standing heading into the April 2 election without Pridemore's updated financial summary. The report also said Pridemore raised $2,400 and had $33,400 on hand as of Feb. 4, 2013.
On March 17, 2013, the Associated Press reported on the existence of a memo from Pridemore's campaign containing the names of five members of the press who had been blacklisted, along with their affiliated media outlets, for exhibiting what Pridemore considers "liberal bias." The memo was turned over to the AP by one of the blacklisted reporters, Jack Craver, from The Capital Times. The memo said: "If the reporter requests an interview, they must submit their questions in a written form and they will receive a written response to only those questions we want to respond to. These are all LIBERAL's and have chosen to parse words, phrases and spin my responses to fit their agendas. If they continue to spin our written responses, they will be ignored in the future." It further instructed that campaign staffers record and track all interactions with blacklisted reporters on a spreadsheet. The memo did not provide specific examples for the biased reporting that led to Craver's and the others' shunning by the campaign.
- 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 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Don Pridemore Incumbent||98.6%||23,817|
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Don Pridemore Incumbent||83.2%||8,290|
- 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. 
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 General Election (2010)|
|Don Pridemore (R)||22,355|
|Tom Hibbard (D)||6,518|
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Don Pridemore (R)||7,618||57.65%|
|Scott M. Henke (R)||3,164||23.94%|
|Jim Batzko (R)||2,427||18.37%|
Comprehensive donor information for Pridemore is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Pridemore raised a total of $119,747 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.
|Don Pridemore's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22||$62,131|
|2010||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99||$18,883|
|2008||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99||$15,310|
|2006||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99||$16,495|
|2004||Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99||$6,928|
|Grand Total Raised||$119,747|
2012Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $62,131.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2012|
|Republican Party of Milwaukee County||$500|
|Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists||$500|
|Wisconsin Institute of Cpas||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$62,131|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $18,883.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2010|
|Wisconsin Institute of Cpas||$750|
|Zignego, Jill A||$500|
|Zignego, Paul R||$500|
|Zignego, Erika L||$500|
|Zignego, David J||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$18,883|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $15,310.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2008|
|Wisconsin Realtors Association||$500|
|Wisconsin Institute of Cpas||$500|
|Fuller, Howard L||$500|
|Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association||$500|
|Wisconsin Builders Association||$500|
|Total Raised in 2008||$15,310|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $16,495.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2006|
|Wisconsin Hospital Association||$500|
|Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance||$500|
|Total Raised in 2006||$16,495|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2004Pridemore won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $6,928.
|Wisconsin State Assembly 2004 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2004|
|Association of State Prosecutors||$500|
|Wisconsin Republican Party||$476|
|Total Raised in 2004||$6,928|
|Source:Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Don + Pridemore + Wisconsin + Assembly"
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- Pridemore for Wisconsin Superintendent Official 2013 Campaign Site
- Follow Pridemore's 2013 campaign on Twitter
- Pridemore's 2013 campaign on Facebook
- Representative Pridemore's campaign
- Official campaign blog
- Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Don Pridemore
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile
- Representative Pridemore's Freedom Speaks profile
- Representative Pridemore's facebook
- Representative Pridemore's twitter
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin April 2 election results," accessed April 3, 2013
- The Greendale Patch, "Election Preview: State Superintendent of Schools," March 22, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pridemore
- Portage Daily Register, "Pridemore: Take control of education from union," March 8, 2013
- Pridemore for Wisconsin, "Issues," accessed March 12, 2013
- WisPolitics, "Pridemore still open to another DPI run in 2017," May 4, 2013
- /page/candidates_registered_4_2_2013_spring_election_1__81844.PDF Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013
- Green Bay Press Gazette, "State Superintendent Supreme Court Justice will face challenges," Accessed January 8, 2013
- WTAQ, "State public school superintendent candidates take jabs at each other," Accessed January 8, 2013
- Walworth County Today, "Wisconsin superintendent candidates to debate," March 12, 2013
- Twin Cities, "Wisconsin: Evers, Pridemore clash in education superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
- WXOW, "Evers, Pridemore clash in superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
- Wisconsin Radio Network, "Stark contrast in state superintendent race," March 13, 2013
- nbc15.com, "Superintendent Candidate Evers Spends over 200 Thousand Dollars on Re-election Campaign," March 25, 2013
- The Republic, "GOP education superintendent candidate's campaign blacklists 5 Wisconsin reporters," March 17, 2013
- Wisconsin Department of Elections - Official Primary Results
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," retrieved June 12, 2012
- Official GAB primary results
- followthemoney.org, "Pridemore, Don," accessed June 5, 2013
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
| Succeeded by|
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 99
| Succeeded by|
Chris Kapenga (R)
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