Frederick Kessler

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Frederick Kessler
Kessler frederick.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 12
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 10
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1962
Date of birth01/11/1940
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
ProfessionLabor Arbitrator
Office website
Frederick Kessler (b. Janurary 11, 1940) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 12th District since 2005. He previously served in the Assembly from 1961-1972.

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).

He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Chapter American Civil Liberties Union.[1]

Issue positions

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 elected. Kessler did not provide an answer when asked what his top legislative priorities were.[2]

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.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kessler has been appointed to these committees: AB 171 Unlawful Use of Global Position Device, Chair

Personal Privacy


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



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. [4]

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%


On November 4, 2008, Kessler won re-election to Assembly District 12, receiving 98.92% of the vote.[5]

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

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 donors

In the 2008 election, Kessler raised a total of $9,433.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
WI Education Assoc Council $500
Frantz, John A $500
Seidel, Friends of Donna $500
Madison Teachers $500
Electrical Workers $500


In the 2006 election, Kessler raised a total of $12,516. [7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Wisconsin Education Association Council $500
Schmidt, Wolfgang $500
Frantz, John A $500
Wisconsin AFSCME Councils 40 & 48 $500
Six other donors, each donating $500[7] $500


In the 2004 election, Kessler raised a total of $19,774. [8]

His five largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Kessler, Frederick $8,024
Wisconsin AFSCME Councils 40 & 48 $500
Samson, R Max $500
Wisconsin Federation of Teachers $500
Seven other donors, each donating $500 $500

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