Jennifer Shilling

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Jennifer Shilling
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Wisconsin State Senate District 32
Incumbent
In office
August 27, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedAugust 9, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsNo
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly District 95
2001 - August 26, 2011
Personal
Place of birthJuly 4, 1969
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jennifer Shilling (b. July 4, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in August 9, 2011 after winning a recall election and defeating Republican incumbent Dan Kapanke.

Shilling served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 95 from 2001 to August 26, 2011. She officially took the Senate oath of office on August 27, 2011.[1]

Biography

Shilling has worked as a legislative aide for Assembly member Mark Meyer, and Congressional aide to United States Representative Ron Kind. Shilling is a member of the Family and Childrens' Center Community Board, La Crosse Children's Museum, La Crosse County League of Women Voters, Riverfront La Crosse Community Advisory Board, La Crosse Chancellor's Community Council at the University of Wisconsin, Board of Advisors of Viterbo University, and Wisconsin Technology Council.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications
Universities and Technical Colleges
Joint Finance
Joint Legislative Council

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shilling served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Shilling served on the following committees:

Issues

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-18 Income-producing historic building renovation: state income and franchise tax credit revised; partnership and LLC provision
  • AB-92 Historic buildings and downtown development: revisions re State Historic Building Code, multifamily dwellings, historic rehabilitation tax credit, certification and promotion of downtowns, DOT highway projects in downtown business areas, and certain state office buildings
  • AB-142 Landscape architecture: practicing without a permit prohibited; exemptions provided

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Elections

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

Shilling won re-election in the 2012 election for the Wisconsin State Senate, District 32 seat. She ran unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated Bill Feehan (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Shilling Incumbent 58.3% 51,153
     Republican Bill Feehan 41.6% 36,545
     - Scattering 0.1% 71
Total Votes 87,769

2011 recall

See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Dan Kapanke recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Shilling successfully defeated Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke in the recall election.

An estimated 30,000 signatures were filed against Kapanke on April 1, seeking his recall.[4] On May 23 the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board rejected Kapanke's challenges to the petition, clearing the way for a recall election to be held July 12.[5]

On June 7, James Smith, a recent member of the La Crosse County Republican executive committee, announced he was running against Shilling as a protest candidate. He explained his candidacy - “I want to bring light on the issue that 22,000 signatures can pretty much overturn an election where even the loser got 40,000 votes.” Shilling’s campaign declined to comment on his candidacy.[6]

July 12 Democratic Primary

Shilling easily defeated Smith in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[7]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jennifer Shilling Approveda 25,340 70.19%
James Smith 10,664 29.54%
Scattering 98 0.27%

August 9 recall

August 9 Recall - District 32[8]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jennifer Shilling (D) Green check mark transparent.png 33,193 55.38%
Dan Kapanke (R) 26,724 44.58%
Scattering 25 .04%

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Polling

Conducted June 23-26

August 9, 2011 Recall - District 32 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll[9]
Candidate Party Percent
Jennifer Shilling Electiondot.png Democratic 56%
Dan Kapanke Ends.png Republican 42%
Undecided 3%

Conducted August 5-7

August 9, 2011 Recall - District 32 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll[10]
Candidate Party Percent
Jennifer Shilling Electiondot.png Democratic 54%
Dan Kapanke Ends.png Republican 43%
Undecided 3%

Campaign contributions

Jennifer Shilling Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0103853)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
Special Pre-Election[11] August 1, 2011 $190,646.50 $61,270.20 $(171,827.94) $80,088.76
July Continuing[12] July 5, 2011 $51,988.28 $271,384.52 $(169,739.09) $153,633.71

Official reports

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Shilling was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 95. She defeated Republican Nick Charles in the general election on November 2, 2010. Shilling was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election. [13]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jennifer Shilling (D) 11,893
Nick Charles (R) 6,790
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jennifer Shilling (D) 1,928 99.79%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shilling is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Shilling raised a total of $933,856 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[14]

Jennifer Shilling's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 32 Won $409,169
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 32 Won $347,212
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $36,737
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $24,084
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $11,471
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $26,321
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $10,992
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 95 Won $67,870
Grand Total Raised $933,856

2012

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $409,169.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jennifer Shilling's campaign in 2012
Wisconsin Education Association Council$2,000
Steeb, Mary$2,000
La Crosse County Democratic Party$2,000
United Transportation Union$2,000
State Senate Democratic Cmte of Wisconsin$1,886
Total Raised in 2012$409,169
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Shilling won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $347,212.

2010

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $36,737.

2008

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $24,084.

2006

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $11,417.

2004

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $26,321.

2002

Shilling won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $10,992.

2000

Shilling won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Shilling raised a total of $67,870.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Kapanke (R)
Wisconsin State Senate District 32
August 27, 2011 - present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 95
2000–August 26, 2011
Succeeded by
Jill Billings (D)