Gary Tauchen

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Gary Tauchen
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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]

Issue positions

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]

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:



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. [5]

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.[6]

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

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.

Campaign donors


In the 2008 election, Tauchen raised a total of $29,904.[7]

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[7] $500


In the 2006 election, Tauchen raised a total of $55,775. [8]

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[8] $500

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