Howard Marklein

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Howard Marklein
Howard Marklein1.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 51
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1976
Date of birth10/03/1954
Place of birthMadison, WI
Office website
Howard Marklein is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Marklein earned his BBA in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1976 and his CPA in 1978.

Marklein has been a partner at Baker Tilly (formerly Virchow Krause) since 1984 and is an expert in the area of forensic accounting and white collar crime investigation.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Audit, Vice Chair
Financial Institutions
Rural Affairs
Ways and Means, Chair
Joint Legislative Audit


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


Campaign themes


Marklein's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs: Create tax and regulatory policies that are not hostile to the businesses that create jobs.
  • Health care: Points out the importance of not-for-profit community hospitals to overall community health.



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2014

On April 10, 2013, Marklein announced his intent to run in the 2014 election for District 17. Marklein will face incumbent Dale Schultz in the Republican primary, should Schultz choose to run for re-election.[2]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Marklein won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 51. Marklein ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Maureen May-Grimm (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Marklein Incumbent 51.9% 14,279
     Democratic Maureen May-Grimm 48.1% 13,238
     - Scattering 0.1% 22
Total Votes 27,539


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Marklein defeated Democratic candidate John Simonson in the November 2 general election. He was unopposed in the primary election.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Howard Marklein (R) 10,822
John Simonson (D) 9,931
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Howard Marklein (R) 4,564 99.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Marklein is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Marklein raised a total of $280,011 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[5]

Howard Marklein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Won $168,121
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Won $111,890
Grand Total Raised $280,011


Marklein won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Marklein raised a total of $168,121.


Marklein won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Marklein raised a total of $111,890.


Marklein is married to Peggy, a registered nurse. He is the father of Nicole and William, and three stepchildren. He served in an elected position on the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit community hospital, and has served almost four years as Board Chair.[6]

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