|Wisconsin State Senate District 7|
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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 M.A. in communications/public relations from Marquette University.
Sen. Plale served on these legislative committees for the 2009-2010 session:
- Commerce, Utilities, Energy, and Rail Committee, Wisconsin Senate, Chair
- Agriculture and Higher Education Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges, and Consumer Protection Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Special Committee on Differences in Laws Applicable to Cities and Villages
- Select Committee on Clean energy, Co-Chair
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.
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010
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)|
|Chris Larson (D)||7,962||60.61%|
|Jeff Plale (D) (incumbent)||5,148||39.19 %|
Jeffrey Plale raised $92,889 for his campaign, while Dimity Grabowski raised $57,450. and Claude Vanderveen raised $5,570.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 (2006)|
|Jeffrey Plale (D)||41,502|
|Dimity Grabowski (R)||21,104|
|Claude Vanderveen (G)||3,564|
- A bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption
- A bill encouraging government purchases from Wisconsin businesses
Some of the top contributors to Sen. Plale's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:
- 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.
|TDS Telecommunications Corp.||$1,000|
|Wisconsin Dental Association||$1,000|
- Wisconsin Senate Biography
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008
- Sen. Plale on State Surge
- Plale on Facebook
He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children; Joey and Jack.
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Plale
- Plale committee assignments
- "Legislature Stalls on Doyle-backed Contracts," Watchdog.org, December 15, 2010
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
- Follow the Money 2006
- Legislation authored by Sen. Plale
- Sen. Plale on State Surge
- Bill 142
- Assembly Bill 1
- Jeff Plale 2008 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Jeffrey Plale
|Wisconsin State Senate District 7
| Succeeded by|
Chris Larson (D)