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Gary Tauchen
Tauchen gary.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 6
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, River Falls, 1976
Date of birth11/23/1953
Place of birthRice Lake, WI
Office website
Gary Tauchen is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 6th District since 2007. He previously served as Minority Caucus Secretary.

A businessman by trade, Tauchen currently serves as Director of Badger AgVest, LLC. He formerly served as Director of M&I Bank–Shawano, and was a founding board member of Cooperative Resources International.[1]

Tauchen is a member of a number of community organizations, including the Dairy Business Association, Shawano Area Chamber of Commerce, Shawano County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Shawano County Republican Party, and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tauchen has been appointed to these committees:

Workforce Development


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


Tauchen's official website lists his positions on many issues, including:[3]

  • Tax Reform and Fiscal Restraint - "Our state’s excessively high tax rates are driving away our young college graduates, keeping companies from settling in the Badger State, and crippling small businesses."
  • Economic Development - "I will fight for lower taxes, sensible regulations, a reliable energy supply, and private sector job growth, so Wisconsin can better compete in the global marketplace."
  • Right to Life - "I am pro-life and believe life is to be protected, not destroyed."
  • Capital Punishment - "I believe capital punishment is an appropriate penalty for the most heinous of crimes when there is DNA evidence to support a conviction."
  • Definition of Marriage - "I support the traditional definition of marriage. I believe that only a marriage between a man and a woman should be valid and recognized as a marriage in this state."

Tauchen did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[4]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-85 Temporary "Class B" licenses a municipality may issue to certain organizations in a 12-month period increased
  • AB-166 Veterinary clinic at which pesticides are used or repackaged: certain DATCP permit requirement eliminated; Veterinary Examining Board prohibited from requiring training and continuing education re pesticide use and disposal
  • 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
  • AJR-16 State fund or program revenue appropriation account: dissolution by law permitted; purpose of other accounts may not be changed or used in a conflicting manner. Constitutional amendment (1st consideration)

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

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Gary Tauchen endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Tauchen won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 6. Tauchen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated John Powers (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Tauchen was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 6. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010. [8]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 6 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Tauchen (R) 5,658 99.68%


On November 4, 2008, Tauchen won re-election to Assembly District 6, receiving 55.02% of the vote.[9]

Wisconsin Assembly District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Tauchen (R) 14,237
John Powers (D) 11,631

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tauchen received $14,407 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]


In the 2008 election, Tauchen raised a total of $29,904.[11]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Tauchen, Gary $4,300
Wisconsin Federation Of Cooperatives $700
Wisconsin Institute of CPAS $500
Wisconsin Builders Association $500
Thirteen other donors, each donating $500[11] $500


In the 2006 election, Tauchen raised a total of $55,775. [12]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Tauchen, Gary $33,500
Republican Party of Shawano County $500
Wisconsin Energy Corp $500
Robaidek, Russell $500
Fourteen other donors, each donating $500[12] $500

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