Jeff Wood

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Jeffrey Wood
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 67
Former officeholder
In office
2003 – 2010
PartyIndependent
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Jeffrey Wood (b. Septermber 12, 1969) was an Independent member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 67th District from 2003-2010.

Wood served in the United Sates Navy/United States Naval Reserve from 1986-1994, and has worked as a local government reporter and small business owner.

He is a member of the American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau, and a former member of the Libertarian Party of the Chippewa Valley.[1]

Wood did not be seek re-election to District 67 in 2010. [2]

Controversies

DWI arrests

Disciplinary hearing

Wood received a disciplinary hearing before the Assembly ethics panel on March 3, 2010. He had been arrested 3 times since December 2008 for driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. Wood has said that he wouldn't run for another term in fall 2010.[3] At the hearing, Ward admitted to being guilty of drunken driving, but not of the charges of driving under the influence of drugs. Wood's attorney argued that House members did not have the authority to force Wood out of office. Wood reached a plea deal which had him pleading guilty to third-offense drunken-driving charges, in exchange for dropping the drug-related charges.[4]

Ethics committee deadlocks

On March 23, the ethics committee did not offer any recommendation for Wood. Committee members deadlocked, with all three Democrats voting to support the resolution to reprimand Wood, and all three Republicans backing expulsion.[5]

Sentenced

On April 19, Wood was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined over $1,600. His plea deal was accepted and he began his jail time immediately. Additionally, his driver's license was revoked for four years and three months, and for two years afterward he would have to have a breathalyzer ignition lock in his car.[6].

Wood was sentenced to 60 days in jail on October 13, 2010, for fourth offense drunk driving in Marathon County. In addition to jail time, Wood was placed on two year's probation and was fined $1,500[7].

On December 2, 2010, Wood pleaded not guilty to a felony count of driving under the influence. Wood faced trial for his fifth offense in Monroe County[8].ref>Wisconsin Department of Transportation "Drunk Driving Penalties"</ref>. A fifth offense for drunken driving is treated as a felony in Wisconsin[8].

Released

Wood served 32 days in the Chippewa County jail and was released early for good behavior on May 28.[9]

Committee assignments

Representative Wood serves on the following committees for the 2008-2009 session:

Elections

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Wood did not seek re-election in 2010.

Legislation sponsored in 2009 included:

  • AB-136 Trespassing liability exemption under set conditions for assessor and staff making an assessment; certain civil liability immunity for owner and notice provisions; municipal assessor must publish a notice prior to revaluation of property

Campaign donors

2008

The top 5 donors to Wood's 2008 campaign were mostly individuals:[10]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $4,363
Wood, Jeff $2,100
Sather, Robert $550
Brost, Joe $500
Callan, James $500

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 67
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Tom Larson (R)