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|Name = Fred Clark
 
|Name = Fred Clark
 
|Profile picture = Clark fred.jpg
 
|Profile picture = Clark fred.jpg
|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 42
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|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 81
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Tenure = 2009 - Present
 
|Tenure = 2009 - Present
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 3, 2013]]
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|Term ends = January 5, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 2009
 
|Assumed office = 2009
|Political party = Republican
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|Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
 
|Leadership =
 
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|Per diem = $88/day
 
|Per diem = $88/day
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|Last election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = 2008
 
|First elected = 2008
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Next election = November 4, 2014
 
|Prior office =
 
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|Associate's =  
 
|Associate's =  
 
|Bachelor's = Michigan State University, 1985
 
|Bachelor's = Michigan State University, 1985
|Master's = University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
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|Master's = University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
 
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|Religion = Christian
 
|Religion = Christian
|Office website = http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=42
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|Office website = http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=81
 
|Campaign website =
 
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{{tnr}}'''Fred Clark''' (b. May 14, 1959) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing the 42nd District since 2009 and currently serving as [[State Assembly Minority Caucus Vice Chair|Minority Caucus Vice Chair]].
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{{tnr}}'''Fred Clark''' (b. May 14, 1959) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing District 81. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He has served as [[State Assembly Minority Caucus Vice Chair|Minority Caucus Vice Chair]].
  
Clark is the Owner/Forester/Contractor of Clark * [[Forestry Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Forestry Committee]], Incorporated.  He previously worked as a service forester/consultant with the Wisconsin Department of * [[Natural Resources Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Natural Resources Committee]], and as a forest ecologist for the The Nature Conservancy.
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==Biography==
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Clark earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1985 and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992.
  
He is a member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Forest Guild, National Wild Turkey Federation, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Clark]</ref>  
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Clark is the Owner/Forester/Contractor of Clark Forestry, Incorporated.  He previously worked as a service forester/consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and as a forest ecologist for The Nature Conservancy.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Clark]</ref>  
  
On his campaign site Clark listed a number of legislative priorities, including:<ref>[http://www.clarkforwisconsin.org/issues.html Clark for Wisconsin ''Issues'']</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year =2013
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Education
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|Committee2 =Environment and Forestry
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|Committee3 = Jobs, Economy and Mining
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|Committee4 = Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage
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|Committee5 =
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}}
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===2011-2012===
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During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year = 2011
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Education
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|Committee2 = Natural Resources
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|Committee3 = Rules
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|Committee4 =Rural Economic Development
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|Committee5 =Tourism, Recreation and State Properties
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
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===2009-2010===
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During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year = 2009
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Forestry
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|Chair1=Vice Chair
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|Committee2 =Natural Resources
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|Committee3 =Rural Economic Development
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|Committee4 =Speaker's Taskforce on Preventing Home Foreclosures
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|Committee5 =Tourism, Recreation and State Properties
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|Chair5=Vice Chair
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
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==Issues==
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===Sponsored legislation=== 
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Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
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*AB-180 Environmental Results Program revisions and name changed to Green Tier Program, Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program provisions; Environmental Improvement Program revisions and name changed to Environmental Compliance Audit Program; DNR duties.
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*AB-245 Lobbying by former legislators prohibited for 12 months following their last day in office; penalty provisions
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*AB-295 Lodging establishment may permit smoking in certain guest rooms
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For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the [http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=indxauth&jd=A42 House site].
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===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
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website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.clarkforwisconsin.org/issues.html Clark for Wisconsin ''Issues'']</ref>
 
*Campaign finance reform - "We continue to believe in the democratic principle of one person-one vote. Yet Wisconsin’s regulation of campaign financing is not up the task of protecting that promise."
 
*Campaign finance reform - "We continue to believe in the democratic principle of one person-one vote. Yet Wisconsin’s regulation of campaign financing is not up the task of protecting that promise."
 
*Affordable health care - "Since the federal government is failing to lead in one of the most pressing issues facing our country, Wisconsin must step up to ensure that every Wisconsin citizen has access to affordable, comprehensive health care."
 
*Affordable health care - "Since the federal government is failing to lead in one of the most pressing issues facing our country, Wisconsin must step up to ensure that every Wisconsin citizen has access to affordable, comprehensive health care."
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*Tax equity - "We need to reform business taxation in Wisconsin to ensure that everyone pays their fair share and that the burden of taxation is no longer falling unfairly on the backs of our property owners and middle class citizens."
 
*Tax equity - "We need to reform business taxation in Wisconsin to ensure that everyone pays their fair share and that the burden of taxation is no longer falling unfairly on the backs of our property owners and middle class citizens."
  
==Committee assignments==
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==Elections==
===2011-2012===
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===2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Clark has been appointed to these committees:
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]'' 
* [[Education Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Education Committee]]
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* [[Natural Resources Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Natural Resources Committee]]
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* [[Rules Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Rules Committee]]
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* [[Rural Economic Development Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Rural Economic Development Committee]]
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* [[Tourism, Recreation and State Properties Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Tourism, Recreation and State Properties Committee]]
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===2009-2010===
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Clark won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly]] [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012#District 81|District 81]]. Clark ran unopposed in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 14 and defeated [[Scott Frostman]] (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_on_ballot_08_14_12_partisan_primary_pdf_18477.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," retrieved June 12, 2012]</ref>
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:
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{{Election box 2012
* [[Forestry Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Forestry Committee]] (Vice Chair)
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|Collapse =
* [[Natural Resources Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Natural Resources Committee]]
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|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly, District 81, General Election
* [[Rural Economic Development Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Rural Economic Development Committee]]
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|party1 =Republican
* [[Speaker's Taskforce on Preventing Home Foreclosures Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Speaker's Taskforce on Preventing Home Foreclosures Committee]]
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|party2 = Democratic
* [[Tourism, Recreation and State Properties Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Tourism, Recreation and State Properties Committee]] (Vice Chair)
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|party3 =-
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|winner2 = Fred Clark
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|Inc2 =Y
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|candidate1 = Scott Frostman
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|candidate3 =''Scattering''
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|votes1 = 10995
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|votes2 = 17829
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|votes3 =11
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}}
  
==Elections==
 
 
===2011 recall===
 
===2011 recall===
  
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|}
  
==Sponsored legislation==
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==Campaign donors==
Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
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{{Comprehensive donor history
*AB-180 Environmental Results Program revisions and name changed to Green Tier Program, Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program provisions; Environmental Improvement Program revisions and name changed to Environmental Compliance Audit Program; DNR duties.
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|Name = Clark
*AB-245 Lobbying by former legislators prohibited for 12 months following their last day in office; penalty provisions
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|Full name = Fred Clark
*AB-295 Lodging establishment may permit smoking in certain guest rooms
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|year = 2008
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|Editdate = June 7, 2013
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|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=9905 ''followthemoney.org'', "Clark, Fred," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2012 = 26389
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 81]]
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|totalraised2011 = 308056
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|result2011 = Lost
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|office2011 = [[Luther Olsen recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)|Wisconsin State Senate, District 14]]
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|totalraised2010 = 94411
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|result2010 = Won
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|office2010 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42]]
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|totalraised2008 = 102181
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42]]
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}}
  
For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the [http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=indxauth&jd=A42 House site].
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===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Clark
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|full Name = Fred Clark
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=152772
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 26,389
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|org1 = Holleran, Jennifer
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|org2 = Johnson, William
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|org3 = Muehllehner, Ursula
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|org4 = Clark, Mary
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|org5 = Kanno, Hiroshi
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|orgamount1 = 500
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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===2011===
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{{SLP donor box 2011
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|name = Clark
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|full Name = Fred Clark
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134501
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|office= Wisconsin State Senate
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|new = lost
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 308,056
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|org1 = State Senate Democratic Cmte of Wisconsin
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|org2 = Anonymous
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|org3 = Rose, Donna
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|org4 = Waupaca Democratic Party
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|org5 = Clark, Andrew
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|orgamount1 = 2118
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|orgamount2 = 1875
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|orgamount3 = 1100
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|orgamount4 = 1000
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|orgamount5 = 1000
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|}}
  
==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
According to records available as of May 18, 2011, Clark raised $89,303 during 2010. Listed below are the top five contributors.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131491 2010 contributors to Fred Clark]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2010
 
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|name = Clark  
{{legislative donor box}}
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|full Name = Fred Clark
|-
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131491
| [[Public financing of campaigns|Public Fund]]
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
| align="right" | $6,188
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|new = no
|-
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|party = Democratic
| Don B. Katz
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|total raised = 94,411
| align="right" | $1,000
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|org1 = Public Fund
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|org2 = Katz, Donald
| Democratic Party of Columbia County
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|org3 = Clark, Fred
| align="right" | $1,000
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|org4 = Democratic Party of Columbia County
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|org5 = Uihlein, Lynde B
| Fred Clark
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|orgamount1 = 6188
| align="right" | $1,000
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|orgamount2 = 1000
|-
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|orgamount3 = 1000
| Lynde B. Uihlein
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|orgamount4 = 1000
| align="right" | $750
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|orgamount5 = 750
|}
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|}}
  
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
The top 5 donors to Clark's 2008 campaign were individuals:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110106 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2008
{{legislative donor box}}
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|name = Clark
|-
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|full Name = Fred Clark
| Democratic Party of Columbia County
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110106
| align="right" | $1,000
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
|-
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|new = yes
| Clark, Fred
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|party = Democratic
| align="right" | $580
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|total raised = 102,181
|-
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|org1 = Wis Elections Campaign Fund
| Guries, Raymond
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|org2 = Democratic Party of Dane County
| align="right" | $550
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|org3 = Democratic Party of Sauk County
|-
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|org4 = Democratic Party of Columbia County
| Kessler, Frederick
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|org5 = Clark, Fred
| align="right" | $511
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|orgamount1 = 3965
|-
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|orgamount2 = 1350
| Zimmerman, Anne
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|orgamount3 = 1250
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount4 = 1000
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|orgamount5 = 580
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|}}
  
|}
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==Personal==
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Clark is a member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Forest Guild, National Wild Turkey Federation, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Clark]</ref>
  
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==Recent news==
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{{submit a bio}}
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "'''Fred + Clark + Wisconsin + Assembly'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
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<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Fred+Clark+Wisconsin+Assembly&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Fred Clark News Feed</rss>
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
*[http://www.clarkforwisconsin.org/ Representative Clark's campaign]
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*[http://www.clarkforwisconsin.org/ Representative Clark's campaign]
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm42/news/ Representative Clark's website]
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*[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/clark/Pages/default.aspx Representative Clark's website]
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=42 Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Fred Clark]  
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*[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/leg-info-bio.aspx?h=A&d=81 Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Fred Clark]  
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=108964 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134501 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131491 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110106 2008]  
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* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=152772 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134501 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131491 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110106 2008]  
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-104644.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-104644.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Clark/1456465281 Fred Clark on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Clark/1456465281 Fred Clark on Facebook]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fred-Clark-for-Wisconsin/142060979158101?ref=ts Fred Clark for Wisconsin Facebook page]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fred-Clark-for-Wisconsin/142060979158101?ref=ts Fred Clark for Wisconsin Facebook page]
 
*[https://twitter.com/#!/FredClarkWI Fred Clark on Twitter]
 
*[https://twitter.com/#!/FredClarkWI Fred Clark on Twitter]
*[https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/26991 Fred Clark on ActBlue]
 
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 14:26, 18 July 2013

Fred Clark
Clark fred.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 81
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1985
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
Personal
Birthday05/14/1959
Place of birthAnn Arbor, MI
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Fred Clark (b. May 14, 1959) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 81. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He has served as Minority Caucus Vice Chair.

Biography

Clark earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1985 and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992.

Clark is the Owner/Forester/Contractor of Clark Forestry, Incorporated. He previously worked as a service forester/consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and as a forest ecologist for The Nature Conservancy.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Environment and Forestry
Jobs, Economy and Mining
Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-180 Environmental Results Program revisions and name changed to Green Tier Program, Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program provisions; Environmental Improvement Program revisions and name changed to Environmental Compliance Audit Program; DNR duties.
  • AB-245 Lobbying by former legislators prohibited for 12 months following their last day in office; penalty provisions
  • AB-295 Lodging establishment may permit smoking in certain guest rooms

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

Campaign themes

2012

website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Campaign finance reform - "We continue to believe in the democratic principle of one person-one vote. Yet Wisconsin’s regulation of campaign financing is not up the task of protecting that promise."
  • Affordable health care - "Since the federal government is failing to lead in one of the most pressing issues facing our country, Wisconsin must step up to ensure that every Wisconsin citizen has access to affordable, comprehensive health care."
  • Public education - "Wisconsin needs a complete reform of our primary school financing system. We need to fund schools using methods that will allow EVERY school district to meet our state’s own standards for adequacy in education."
  • Tax equity - "We need to reform business taxation in Wisconsin to ensure that everyone pays their fair share and that the burden of taxation is no longer falling unfairly on the backs of our property owners and middle class citizens."

Elections

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Clark won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 81. Clark ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Scott Frostman (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Scott Frostman 38.1% 10,995
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFred Clark Incumbent 61.8% 17,829
     - Scattering 0% 11
Total Votes 28,835

2011 recall

See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Luther Olsen recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Clark announced on April 21 that he would run against Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen in a recall election.[4]

About 24,000 signatures were filed against Olsen on April 18, seeking his recall. On May 23 the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board rejected Olsen's challenges to the petition and certified 22,207 signatures, clearing the way for a recall election to be held July 12.[5]

Clark said he opposed Olsen because of his support for Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill. Clark stated, "I had worked with Luther and respected him. I spoke to him and told him I hoped he'd try to find a compromise (but) at the end of the day he voted along with the rest of his colleagues. They voted without any debate and walked out. That was the night he stopped representing the people."[6]

In late May, Clark publicly challenged Olsen to at least three debates before the election. The Democratic Party released a statement on May 31 saying that Olsen ignored the calls. Olsen's campaign manager, Jeff Weigand, called the accusation "ridiculous," adding that they had not received any calls or emails from Clark asking for debates.[7] On June 5, Olsen said he would be happy to debate his opponent, but as Clark had not yet filed nomination papers, it was premature to set up debates.[8] Clark released a statement on July 11 calling out Olsen for his failure to respond to requests for debates.[9]

Clark and Olsen agreed to a series of debates taking place on three consecutive days from July 26-28, with a fourth being proposed. The first being sponsored by the Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative had no audience participation, but the public could suggest questions beforehand. The second was put on by the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, with the third sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.[10]

GOP officials placed Rol Church on the ballot as a Democratic candidate, forcing a primary between Church and Clark, delaying the actual recall election by four weeks.[11]

Robert Forseth had filed to run as a "placeholder" Democrat. Following the news that all six "fake" Democrats had turned in their final paperwork to get on the ballot to the GAB, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that it would not be running their placeholder candidates in the recalls as they are no longer necessary. Party Chair Mike Tate explained, "The goal of the placeholder candidacies was to create an insurance policy against further Republican attempts to exploit the recall election schedule through dirty tricks and cynical plots."[12]

All three had filed nomination papers with a sufficient number of verified signatures.

July 12 Democratic Primary

Clark easily defeated Church in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[13]
Candidates Votes Percent
Fred Clark Approveda 15,052 66.7%
Rol Church 7,346 32.55%
Scattering 169 0.75%
  • Robert Forseth Note: Forseth filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.

August 9 recall

Clark lost to Olsen in the recall election.

August 9 Recall - District 14[14]
Candidates Votes Percent
Luther Olsen (R) Green check mark transparent.png 26,553 52.1%
Fred Clark (D) 24,355 47.79%
Scattering 56 .11%

Polling

Conducted July 21-24

August 9, 2011 Recall - District 14 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll
Candidate Party Percent
Fred Clark Electiondot.png Democratic 49%
Luther Olsen Ends.png Republican 47%
Undecided 4%

Conducted August 5-7

August 9, 2011 Recall - District 14 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll[15]
Candidate Party Percent
Fred Clark Electiondot.png Democratic 47%
Luther Olsen Ends.png Republican 50%
Undecided 3%

Ads relating to the campaign

Ad controversy

On July 15, the state Democratic Party sent a formal letter to six television stations asking them to pull an ad paid for by Wisconsin Family Action which they said was "shameful" and "grossly mischaracterizes and purposely deceives the voters about Fred Clark and his strong commitment to his family."[16] The ad alleges that Clark stated his child support payments "weren't a huge priority."

Campaign contributions

Fred Clark Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0104644)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
Special Pre-Election[17] August 1, 2011 $163,106.59 $67,750.23 $(163,401.40) $67,455.42
July Continuing[18] July 5, 2011 $12,642.26 $226,501.27 $(76,006.94) $163,196.59
Official reports

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Clark was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 42. He defeated Republican Jack Cummings in the general election on November 2, 2010. Clark was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election.[19]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Clark (D) 10,208
Jack Cummings (R) 9,921
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42

Democratic primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Clark (D) 1,656 99.76%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clark is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Clark raised a total of $531,037 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[20]

Fred Clark's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 81 Won $26,389
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 14 Defeated $308,056
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42 Won $94,411
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42 Won $102,181
Grand Total Raised $531,037

2012

Clark won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $26,389.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Clark's campaign in 2012
Holleran, Jennifer$500
Johnson, William$500
Muehllehner, Ursula$500
Clark, Mary$500
Kanno, Hiroshi$500
Total Raised in 2012$26,389
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Clark lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $308,056.

2010

Clark won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $94,411.

2008

Clark won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $102,181.

Personal

Clark is a member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Forest Guild, National Wild Turkey Federation, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.[21]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Clark
  2. Clark for Wisconsin Issues
  3. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," retrieved June 12, 2012
  4. FOX 11, "Clark to challenge Olsen in recall," April 22, 2011
  5. FOX 11, "GAB clears way for 3 GOP recall elections," May 23, 2011
  6. The Northwestern, "Democrat Fred Clark says he is challenging Sen. Luther Olsen in recall election because Olsen "stopped representing the people"," April 29, 2011
  7. Baraboo News Republic, "Clark, Olsen debate debate," June 1, 2011
  8. Post Crescent, "No date set in recall debate between Republican State Senator Luther Olsen and Democratic opponent Fred Clark," June 6, 2011
  9. WisPolitics, "Clark Campaign: Time to plan debates," July 11, 2011
  10. Portage Daily Register, "Clark, Olsen plan debates," July 15, 2011
  11. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin GOP leaders encouraging colleagues to place fake Democrats on recall ballots," June 5, 2011
  12. WisPolitics, "WisDems: Dems to end placeholder candidacies in recall elections," June 17, 2011
  13. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "July 12 Primary Election Results District 14," accessed July 11, 2011
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 14 Recall Election Results," August 19, 2011
  15. Daily Kos, "Wisconsin recall elections: Too close to call," August 8, 2011
  16. WisPolitics, "WisDems: Shady conservative hit group smears Fred Clark with blatantly misleading attack ad," July 18, 2011
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Clark for Wisconsin," August 1, 2011
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Clark for Wisconsin," July 5, 2011
  19. Official GAB primary results
  20. followthemoney.org, "Clark, Fred," accessed June 7, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Clark
Political offices
Preceded by
Kelda Roys (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 81
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 42
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Keith Ripp (R)