Jeffrey Plale

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Jeffrey Plale
Wisconsin State Senate District 7
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic

Jeffrey Plale (b. May 31, 1968) was a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He represented District 7 since 2003. He was previously an Assemblyman on the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1996 to 2003 and a South Milwaukee Alderman from 1993 to 1996. His current term ended in 2010.

Plale's professional experiences include shareholder operations specialist for Strong Capital Management and former investment agent.

Plale earned a BA and MA in communications/public relations from Marquette University. [1]

Committee assignments

Sen. Plale served on these legislative committees for the 2009-2010 session:[2]


Employee contracts

Gov. Jim Doyle's administration negotiated the public employee contracts and it hit a snag in the state legislature in mid-December 2010.

The Wisconsin Senate was deadlocked 16-16 on the series of public employee contracts the chamber considered. Democratic state Sens. Russ Decker and Plale joined Republican state senators in opposition.

"It wasn't a party-line vote," Decker said.

Decker is a member of the Bricklayers International Union. He voted for the slate of union contracts in a joint legislative committee Wednesday morning. He was stripped of his majority leader title in a closed-door meeting, following the first deadlocked vote.

When the Senate returned to vote by the same count on each of the remaining contracts, state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, took the role of majority leader.

"I'm extremely surprised," said state Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha. "Never in a million years would you that the majority leader,who's been telling people for two weeks that they (the Senate) had the votes and they were moving forward, would be the one to actually kill (the series of contracts)," Barca said.[3]



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Plale ran for re-election to District 7. He was defeated by his opponent Chris Larson in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [4]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Larson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Wisconsin Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Larson (D) 7,962 60.61%
Jeff Plale (D) (incumbent) 5,148 39.19 %


On November 7, 2006, Jeffrey Plale won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 7. [5]

Jeffrey Plale raised $92,889 for his campaign, while Dimity Grabowski raised $57,450. and Claude Vanderveen raised $5,570.[6]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeffrey Plale (D) 41,502
Dimity Grabowski (R) 21,104
Claude Vanderveen (G) 3,564

Recent legislation sponsored by Sen. Plale includes:[7][8]

  • A bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption[9]
  • A bill encouraging government purchases from Wisconsin businesses[10]

Campaign donors

Some of the top contributors to Sen. Plale's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[11]

AT&T, Richard Sharp, Richard Devos, TDS Telecommunications Corporation, United Transportation Union Communication and electronics companies were his largest donor group.

In 2008, Plale collected $42,468 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign. [12]

Donor Amount
TDS Telecommunications Corp. $1,000
Wal-Mart $1,000
David Condit $1,000
Wisconsin Dental Association $1,000

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He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children; Joey and Jack.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Chris Larson (D)