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Frank Lasee

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Frank Lasee
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Wisconsin State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assemblymember, Wisconsin State Assembly
1995 - 2009
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin - Green Bay, 1986
Personal
Birthday12/11/1961
Place of birthOceanside, CA
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Frank G. Lasee (b. December 11, 1961) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Lasee served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 2 from 2005 to 2009.

Biography

Lasee earned his B.S in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, majoring in humanistic studies.[1][2]

Prior to serving in the legislature, Lasee was the Ledgeview, Wisconsin Town Board Chair from 1993 to 1997, and was a supervisor for an insurance company. [3] In addition to being a Legislator, Lasee is a real estate broker[4].

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections and Urban Affairs
Financial Institutions and Rural Issues, Vice Chair
Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications
Insurance and Housing, Chair
Tax Exemptions, Co-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lasee served on the following committees:

Issues

Guns in schools

Lasee achieved notoriety through his proposal to allow public school teachers to carry guns. Lasee asserts that such policies have been effective in other countries such as Israel and Thailand.[5] Lasee notes that the proposal would have to "work with a federal law that bans guns on school grounds".[6]

Law school funding

Lasee proposed to cut state funding to the University of Wisconsin Law School, claiming that lawyers are a "plague of locusts" and that we already have too many. His plan includes an initial cut of $1 million and a complete removal of funding by 2010. This would affect about 10 percent of the school's total funding.

Consolidating counties

Lasee feels that Wisconsin has too many counties at 72, and should consolidate the counties in rural areas. He believes that this would produce a cost savings in government, pointing out that original county lines were created at a time when distance was more serious factor.[7]

Taxpayers Bill of Rights

A Taxpayers Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR, was introduced by Frank Lasee and Jeff Wood in 2004 in Wisconsin. They stated "taxpayers in this state need protection".[8] TABOR includes five basic provisions:[9]

  1. Limit state and school spending growth to population growth plus inflation.
  2. Limit county and municipalities the same way.
  3. Any increase in income, sales, franchise, or property tax rates, would require the approval of voters.
  4. Any proposal by the state or local governments to borrow money would require the approval of voters.
  5. Establish an emergency fund and budget stabilization fund.

Taxpayer protection act

A 2006 proposal was the "Taxpayer Protection Act."The TPA proposed to tie governments revenue to inflation, population, personal income growth etc.[10]

Campaign themes

2012

Lasee has distributed an update newsletter, Lasee's Notes, via email to constituents and other interested parties for nearly a decade.[11]

As a member of the State Assembly, Lasee was an advocate of taxpayers and limited spending and opposed tax increases. A list of some of the bills proposed by Lasee is available at Project Vote Smart.

Elections

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Lasee was elected State Senator for the 1st District in 2010. He ran for Wisconsin State Senate District 1, an open seat vacated by Senator Alan Lasee who did not run for re-election. He defeated Dave Hutchison and Jon Soyring in the September 14, 2010,primary. He defeated Democratic opponent Monk Elmer in the November 2, 2010 general election. [12][13]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 1 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Frank Lasee (R) 43,415 60.04%
Monk Elmer (D) 28,800 39.83%
Wisconsin Senate, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Frank Lasee (R) 12,523 56.77%
Dave Hutchison (R) 7,726 35.02%
Jon Soyring (R) 1,800 8.16%

2008

Lasee denounced the Wisconsin teachers union (WEAC) for running ads against him[20] which he suggested the $400,000 in ads purchased by WEAC contributed to his defeat. (The State assembly races have historically cost less than $35,000)

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lasee is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Lasee raised a total of $384,608 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[14]

Frank Lasee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $44,017
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 1 Won $146,189
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Defeated $55,148
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Won $18,081
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Won $25,460
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Won $35,583
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Won $36,622
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 2 Won $23,508
Grand Total Raised $384,608

2012

Lasee was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $44,017.

2010

Lasee won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $146,189.

2008

Lasee lost the election for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $18,081.

2006

Lasee won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $25,460.

2004

Lasee won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $35,583.

2002

Lasee won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $35,583.

2000

Lasee won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $36,622.

1998

Lasee won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Lasee raised a total of $23,508.

Personal

Lasee and his wife, Amy Joy, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Lasee (R)
Wisconsin State Senate District 1
2011-present
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