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{{tnr}}'''Frederick Kessler''' (b. Janurary 11, 1940) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing the 12th District since 2005. He previously served in the Assembly from 1961-1972.
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{{tnr}}'''Frederick Kessler''' (b. January 11, 1940) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
  
Kessler currently works as a labor arbitrator.  He has served as Circuit Judge in Wisconsin (1978-1981, 1986-1988), and County Court Judge of Milwaukee County (1972-1979).
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Kessler previously served in the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] from 1961 to 1972.
  
He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of [[sunshinereview:Milwaukee, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]] and the Milwaukee Chapter American Civil Liberties Union.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Kessler]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Kessler attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  
==Issue positions==
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Kessler currently works as a labor arbitratorHe has served as Circuit Judge in Wisconsin (1978-1981, 1986-1988), and County Court Judge of Milwaukee County (1972-1979).<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Kessler]</ref>
===2008===
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Kessler's answers to the Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.  The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if electedKessler did not provide an answer when asked what his top legislative priorities were.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart - Assm. Kessler ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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Kessler opposes the [[sunshinereview:Earmark Transparency Act of 2009|Earmark Transparency Act of 2009]], introduced by Rep. [[Rich Zipperer]] . The [http://northshoreexponent.wordpress.com/about/ North Shore Exponent] claims Kessler fears that such legislation would reveal which earmarks are put into the budgets that benefit his district.<ref>[http://northshoreexponent.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/will-red-fred-kessler-listen-to-rich-zipperers-call-for-comprehensive-earmark-reform-in-wisconsin/ North Shore Exponent, "Will Red Fred Kessler listen to Rich Zipperer’s call for comprehensive earmark reform in Wisconsin?" Aug. 4, 2009]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kessler 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 =Campaigns and Elections
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|Committee2 =Criminal Justice
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|Committee3 = Public Safety and Homeland Security
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|Committee4 =
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|Committee5 =
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}}
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kessler has been appointed to these committees:
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During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kessler served on these committees:
AB 171 Unlawful Use of Global Position Device, Chair
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* [[Administrative Rules Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Administrative Rules Committee]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Administrative Rules Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature|Joint Committee on Administrative Rules]]
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|State =Wisconsin
* [[Criminal Justice Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Criminal Justice Committee]]
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|year = 2011
* [[Elections and Campaign Reform Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Elections and Campaign Reform Committee]]
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|Chamber =State Assembly
Personal Privacy
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|Committee1 =Administrative Rules
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|Committee2 =Administrative Rules
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|Joint2=Yes
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|Committee3 =Criminal Justice
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|Committee4 =Elections and Campaign Reform
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|Committee5 =Personal Privacy
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kessler served on these committees:
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During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kessler served on these committees:
* [[State Affairs and Homeland Security Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|State Affairs and Homeland Security Committee]] (Chair)
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* [[Criminal Justice Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Criminal Justice Committee]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Corrections and the Courts Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Corrections and the Courts Committee]]
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|State =Wisconsin
* [[Elections and Campaign Reform Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Elections and Campaign Reform Committee]]
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|year = 2009
* [[Judiciary and Ethics Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Judiciary and Ethics Committee]]
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|Chamber =State Assembly
* [[Personal Privacy Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Personal Privacy Committee]]
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|Committee1 =State Affairs and Homeland Security
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|Chair1=Chair
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|Committee2 =Criminal Justice
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|Committee3 =Corrections and the Courts
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|Committee4 =Elections and Campaign Reform
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|Committee5 =Judiciary and Ethics
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|Committee6=Personal Privacy
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
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==Issues==
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===Earmark Transparency Act===
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Kessler opposes the [[Earmark Transparency Act of 2009|Earmark Transparency Act of 2009]], introduced by Rep. [[Rich Zipperer]]. The [http://northshoreexponent.wordpress.com/about/ North Shore Exponent] claims Kessler fears that such legislation would reveal which earmarks are put into the budgets that benefit his district.<ref>[http://northshoreexponent.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/will-red-fred-kessler-listen-to-rich-zipperers-call-for-comprehensive-earmark-reform-in-wisconsin/ North Shore Exponent, "Will Red Fred Kessler listen to Rich Zipperer’s call for comprehensive earmark reform in Wisconsin?" Aug. 4, 2009]</ref>
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===Sponsored legislation=== 
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Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
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*AB-30 Employer monitoring of employee electronic mail: prohibitions created; DWD to hear discrimination or discharge complaints
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*AB-61 Drug violation re Uniform Controlled Substances Act: court or DOT may suspend motor vehicle operating privilege
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*AB-62 Ethics, elections, and lobbying regulation laws: prosecution and venue for trial of civil and criminal violations modified; disclosure of certain information provision
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*AJR-15 Federal mandate requiring suspension or revocation of driver's license in all drug or controlled substance violation convictions: the state exercises its option to opt out
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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=A12 House site].
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===Campaign themes===
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===2008===
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Kessler's answers to the Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.  The test provides voters with insight as to how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.  Kessler did not provide an answer when asked what his top legislative priorities were.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart - Assm. Kessler ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
  
 
==Elections==   
 
==Elections==   
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Kessler 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 12|District 12]]. Kessler defeated [[Mario Hall]] in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 14<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/results/2012/partisan-primary Wisconsin Department of Elections - Official Primary Results]</ref> and was unopposed 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>  
 
Kessler 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 12|District 12]]. Kessler defeated [[Mario Hall]] in the [[Democratic]] primary on August 14<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/results/2012/partisan-primary Wisconsin Department of Elections - Official Primary Results]</ref> and was unopposed 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>  
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{{Election box 2012
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|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12, General Election
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|party1 =  Democratic
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|party2 = –
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|party3 =
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|winner1 = Frederick Kessler
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|Inc1 =Y
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|candidate2 =''Scattering''
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|votes1 =16193
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|votes2 = 232
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|votes3 =
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}}
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{{Primary election box 2012
 
{{Primary election box 2012
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
  
Kessler was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 12. He was unopposed in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]. Kessler was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]] primary election.   <ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf Official GAB primary results]</ref>
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Kessler was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 12. He was unopposed in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]. Kessler was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]] primary election.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf Official GAB primary results]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
On November 4, 2008, Kessler won re-election to Assembly District 12, receiving 98.92% of the vote.<ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=15398&locid=47 ''Wisconsin State Elections Board Results of Fall General Election-11/04/2008'']</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Kessler won re-election to Assembly District 12, receiving 98.92 percent of the vote.<ref>[http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=15398&locid=47 ''Wisconsin State Elections Board Results of Fall General Election-11/04/2008'']</ref>
  
 
{{Votebox |
 
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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-30 Employer monitoring of employee electronic mail: prohibitions created; DWD to hear discrimination or discharge complaints
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|Name = Kessler
*AB-61 Drug violation re Uniform Controlled Substances Act: court or DOT may suspend motor vehicle operating privilege
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|Full name = Frederick Kessler
*AB-62 Ethics, elections, and lobbying regulation laws: prosecution and venue for trial of civil and criminal violations modified; disclosure of certain information provision
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|year = 2004
*AJR-15 Federal mandate requiring suspension or revocation of driver's license in all drug or controlled substance violation convictions: the state exercises its option to opt out
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|Editdate = June 5, 2013
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|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=7347 ''followthemoney.org'', "Kessler, Frederick," accessed June 5, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2012 = 20461
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12]]
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|totalraised2010 = 17379
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|result2010 = Won
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|office2010 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12]]
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|totalraised2008 = 9433
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12]]
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|totalraised2006 = 12516
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|result2006 = Won
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|office2006 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2006|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12]]
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|totalraised2004 = 19774
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|result2004 = Won
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|office2004 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2004|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12]]
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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=A12 House site].
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===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Kessler
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|full Name = Frederick Kessler
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=143388
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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 = 20,461
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|org1 = Kessler, Frederick P
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|org2 = Painters Local 781
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|org3 = Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
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|org4 = Northwestern Mutual Life
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|org5 = Cirks, Mary
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|orgamount1 = 10000
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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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|}}
  
==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, Kessler received $17,379 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2010
 
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|name = Kessler  
{{slp donor box 2010
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|full Name = Frederick Kessler
|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131463
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
|total raised = $17,379
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|total raised = 17,379
 
|org1 = Public Fund
 
|org1 = Public Fund
|org2 = Mtea PAC Fund
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|org2 = Wisconsin Education Association Council
|org3 = Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 75
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|org3 = Mtea Pac Fund
 
|org4 = Wisconsin Pipe Trades
 
|org4 = Wisconsin Pipe Trades
|org5 = Wisconsin Education Association Council
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|org5 = United Transportation Union
|orgdonor1 = $3,863
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|orgamount1 = 3863
|orgdonor2 = $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
|orgdonor3 = $500
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|orgamount3 = 500
|orgdonor4 = $500
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|orgamount4 = 500
|orgdonor5 = $500
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|orgamount5 = 500
 
|}}
 
|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
In the 2008 election, Kessler raised a total of $9,433.<ref name="FTM2">[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110178 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2008
 
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|name = Kessler
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
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|full Name = Frederick Kessler
 
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110178
{{legislative donor box}}
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|office= Wisconsin State Senate
|-
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|new = no
| WI Education Assoc Council
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|party = Democratic
| align="right" | $500
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|total raised = 9,433
|-
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|org1 = Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 75
| Frantz, John A  
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|org2 = Madison Teachers
| align="right" | $500
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|org3 = International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers
|-
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|org4 = Frantz, John A
| Seidel, Friends of Donna
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|org5 = Friends of Donna Seidel
| align="right" | $500  
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|orgamount1 = 500
|-
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|orgamount2 = 500
| Madison Teachers
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|orgamount3 = 500
| align="right" | $500  
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|orgamount4 = 500
|-
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|orgamount5 = 500
| Electrical Workers
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|}}
| align="right" | $500  
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|}
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===2006===  
 
===2006===  
 
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{{SLP donor box 2006
In the 2006 election, Kessler raised a total of $12,516. <ref name="FTM3">[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87539 Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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|name = Kessler
 
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|full Name = Frederick Kessler
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87539
 
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
{{legislative donor box}}
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|new = no
|-
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|party = Democratic
| Wisconsin Education Association Council
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|total raised = 12,516
| align="right" | $500
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|oRg1 = Wisconsin Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors
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|org2 = Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association
| Schmidt, Wolfgang
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|org3 = Association of State Prosecutors
| align="right" | $500
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|org4 = Southeastern Wisconsin Auto Workers
|-
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|org5 = Wisconsin Institute of CPAS
| Frantz, John A
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|orgamount1 = 500
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
|-
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|orgamount3 = 500
| Wisconsin AFSCME Councils 40 & 48
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|orgamount4 = 500
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount5 = 500
|-
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|}}
| Six other donors, each donating $500<ref name="FTM3"/>
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| align="right" | $500
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|}
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===2004===  
 
===2004===  
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{{SLP donor box 2004
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|name = Kessler
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|full Name = Frederick Kessler
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68241
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = yes
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 19,774
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|org1 = Kessler, Frederick
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|org2 = Wisconsin Federation of Teachers
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|org3 = Mtea-Pac Fund
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|org4 = Jacobs, Stephen T
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|org5 = Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 75
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|orgamount1 = 8024
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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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|}}
  
In the 2004 election, Kessler raised a total of $19,774. <ref name="FTM4">[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68241 Follow the Money - 2004 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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==Personal==
 
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Kessler is a board member of the World Affairs Council of [[Milwaukee, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]] and the Milwaukee Chapter American Civil Liberties Union.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Kessler]</ref>
His five largest contributors in 2004 were:
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{{legislative donor box}}
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|-
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| Kessler, Frederick
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| align="right" | $8,024
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|-
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| Wisconsin AFSCME Councils 40 & 48
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| align="right" | $500
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|-
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| Samson, R Max
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| align="right" | $500
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|-
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| Wisconsin Federation of Teachers
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| align="right" | $500
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|-
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| Seven other donors, each donating $500
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| align="right" | $500
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|}
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=52032 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110178 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87539 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68241 2004]  
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*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=143388 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131463 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110178 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87539 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68241 2004]  
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-100994.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-100994.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign]
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/75571/wisconsin-(wi)-state-assembly-member-frederick-p-kessler-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Freedom Speaks profile]
 
 
*[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-kessler/16/b24/367 Representative Kessler's LinkedIn]
 
*[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-kessler/16/b24/367 Representative Kessler's LinkedIn]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/frederick.p.kessler Kessler on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/frederick.p.kessler Kessler on Facebook]
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 04:30, 18 October 2013

Frederick Kessler
Kessler frederick.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 12
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
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
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 1962
Personal
Birthday01/11/1940
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ProfessionLabor Arbitrator
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Frederick Kessler (b. January 11, 1940) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Kessler previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1961 to 1972.

Biography

Kessler attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kessler currently works as a labor arbitrator. He has served as Circuit Judge in Wisconsin (1978-1981, 1986-1988), and County Court Judge of Milwaukee County (1972-1979).[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Campaigns and Elections
Criminal Justice
Public Safety and Homeland Security

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Earmark Transparency Act

Kessler opposes the Earmark Transparency Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Rich Zipperer. The North Shore Exponent claims Kessler fears that such legislation would reveal which earmarks are put into the budgets that benefit his district.[2]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-30 Employer monitoring of employee electronic mail: prohibitions created; DWD to hear discrimination or discharge complaints
  • AB-61 Drug violation re Uniform Controlled Substances Act: court or DOT may suspend motor vehicle operating privilege
  • AB-62 Ethics, elections, and lobbying regulation laws: prosecution and venue for trial of civil and criminal violations modified; disclosure of certain information provision
  • AJR-15 Federal mandate requiring suspension or revocation of driver's license in all drug or controlled substance violation convictions: the state exercises its option to opt out

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

Campaign themes

2008

Kessler's answers to the Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with insight as to how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. Kessler did not provide an answer when asked what his top legislative priorities were.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kessler won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 12. Kessler defeated Mario Hall in the Democratic primary on August 14[4] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrederick Kessler Incumbent 98.6% 16,193
     Scattering 1.4% 232
Total Votes 16,425


Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrederick Kessler Incumbent 71.8% 1,937
Mario Hall 28.2% 762
Total Votes 2,699

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kessler was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 12. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010. Kessler was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election.[6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick Kessler (D) 13,758
Sam Hagedorn (R) 4,868
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12

Democratic primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick P. Kessler (D) 2,689 99.41%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kessler won re-election to Assembly District 12, receiving 98.92 percent of the vote.[7]

Wisconsin Assembly District 12
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick Kessler (D) 20,399
Scattering 233

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kessler is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Kessler raised a total of $79,563 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[8]

Frederick Kessler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Won $20,461
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Won $17,379
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Won $9,433
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Won $12,516
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 12 Won $19,774
Grand Total Raised $79,563

2012

Kessler won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kessler raised a total of $20,461.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Frederick Kessler's campaign in 2012
Kessler, Frederick P$10,000
Painters Local 781$500
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin$500
Northwestern Mutual Life$500
Cirks, Mary$500
Total Raised in 2012$20,461
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kessler won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Kessler raised a total of $17,379.

2008

Kessler won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kessler raised a total of $9,433.

2006

Kessler won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Kessler raised a total of $12,516.

2004

Kessler won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Kessler raised a total of $19,774.

Personal

Kessler is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Chapter American Civil Liberties Union.[9]

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