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|Wisconsin State Senate District 18|
|August 26, 2011 - January 3, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||August 9, 2011|
|J.D.||Thomas Jefferson Law School|
|Profession||Attorney, adjunct professor|
- 1 Elections
- 2 Campaign donors
- 3 Recent news
- 4 External links
- 5 References
Jessica King is a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 18 from August 2011 to 2013. She successfully defeated Randy Hopper (R) in a recall election held August 9, 2011 and was sworn into office on August 26.
King is an attorney and serves as Deputy Mayor of Oshkosh. She narrowly lost to Hopper in the 2008 campaign for Senate. King defeated John Buckstaff in the Democratic primary on July 12, and Hopper in the recall election on August 9.
King earned a law degree from Thomas Jefferson Law School. She previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
King ran for re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and was defeated by Rick Gudex in the general election on November 6, 2012. Unofficial results showed Gudex leading King by under 600 votes. King initially refused to concede the election, but finally did on November 13.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jessica King Incumbent||49.6%||42,479|
King announces her campaign for senate
King narrowly defeated Hopper in the recall election.
Signatures were filed against nine different state senators in Wisconsin, while a total of sixteen were originally targeted for recall. On May 23 the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board rejected Hopper's challenges to the petition, clearing the way for a recall election to be held July 12.
Efforts by GOP officials put John Buckstaff on the ballot as a Democratic candidate, forcing a primary between Buckstaff and King, delaying the actual recall election by four weeks. Hopper had said he would have liked the recall election to happen as soon as possible.
Supporters of Hopper began distributing flyers in the district to get out the vote for Buckstaff in the July 12 primary. The flyer described King as a "Pro-Union Extremist" who would put unions first "even if it bankrupts Wisconsin." Meanwhile, Buckstaff was described as "Pro-Wisconsin," saying he would "eliminate special privileges for government unions." The flyer was paid for by a group called "Patriot Advisors."
King issued a statement in response, saying, "It is simply astonishing that the Wisconsin Republicans are so desperate they feel they need turn out voters in the fake primary. The GOP continues to resort to more dirty tricks because they know the voters are responding positively to my message that public servants must stand up for working families and seniors rather than big corporations and the wealthy elite."
Hopper and King met in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County and Oshkosh Community Media Services (OCMS) on July 18. It was open to the public and streamed live online.
The debate offered little in the way of surprises, with Hopper defending his record and King focusing on education, labor issues, and benefits for seniors.
The following day both campaigns issued press releases declaring victory. Hopper stated, "The debate showed two contrasting views on how we should govern here in our state. There’s my approach where I have reduced taxes, balanced our budget, and have focused on job creation here in Wisconsin. Or there is the tax and spend policies of Jessica King."
Meanwhile, King stated, "I promise to fight for students, the elderly and middle class families, not big corporations and the extremely wealthy. This debate showed how I will bring a positive message, honest leadership and an ability to work together to the Wisconsin Senate in order to solve the challenges facing the state today."
July 12 Democratic Primary
King easily defeated Buckstaff in the primary.
|July 12 Democratic primary|
August 9 recall
King defeated Hopper in the recall.
|August 9 Recall - District 18|
|Jessica King (D)||28,191||51.1%|
|Randy Hopper (R)||26,937||48.83%|
Ads relating to the campaign
King called on Hopper to stop airing a TV ad which alleged she voted to raise her salary while on the Oshkosh Common Council by 63 percent. His campaign refused the request and stood by the ad. King says she voted against the 2008 ordinance, which is confirmed by city records. Records also indicate that the raise would have been 56 percent, not 63. PolitiFact gave the claim a “Pants on Fire” rating.
The ad wars continued with another PolitiFact investigation released July 26, this time dealing with claims made against Hopper in an ad by King.
The TV ad in question, released on July 12, stated that “Senator Hopper didn’t pay taxes,” while the middle class did, citing an October 2008 article in the Fond du Lac Reporter as the source. Records from the state Department of Revenue show that Hopper’s five businesses did not have any state income tax liability between 1998 and 2007, and during that period Hopper himself only had a tax liability in 2006, which he appeared to have paid. PolitiFact gave the claim a “Barely True” rating.
Conducted June 23-26
|August 9, 2011 Recall - District 18 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll|
Conducted August 5-7
|August 9, 2011 Recall - District 18 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll|
|Jessica King Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0104608)|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions||(Expenditures)||Cash on Hand|
|Special Pre-Election||August 1, 2011||$190,646.50||$96,372.32||$(180,939.96)||$106,078.86|
|July Continuing||July 5, 2011||$0.00||$221,931.60||$(31,285.10)||$190,646.50|
Hopper collected $237,854 in donations for his campaign while King collected $209,112.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 18 (2008)|
|Randy Hopper (R)||41,904||50.05%|
|Jessica King (D)||41,741||49.86%|
In 2008, King collected $209,112 in donations.
Listed below are the top contributors to her campaign:
|State Senate Democratic Committee||$4,078|
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- Official campaign website
- Jess King for Senate Facebook page
- Jessica King Campaign Twitter Page
- Jessica King on ActBlue
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2008
- FOX 11, "Jessica King sworn in to state Senate," August 26, 2011
- Jessica King for Senate, "About Jess," retrieved May 10, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Senate recall races tempt Assembly members," April 30, 2011
- Jessica King for Senate, "About Jess," retrieved May 17, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "2012 Candidate List
- FOX 11, "King concedes state Senate race," November 13, 2012
- FOX 11, "King to challenge Hopper in recall," April 13, 2011
- Washington Post, "Recall momentum continues: Dems collect huge number of signatures to recall Randy Hopper," April 7, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "It's official: Signatures filed in Hopper recall campaign", April 7, 2011
- FOX 11, "GAB clears way for 3 GOP recall elections," May 23, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin GOP leaders encouraging colleagues to place fake Democrats on recall ballots," June 5, 2011
- Washington Post, "GOP allies hatching sleazy dirty tricks in Wisconsin recall wars," July 8, 2011
- Washington Post, "Buckstaff flyer," July 8, 2011
- WisPolitics, "King Campaign: Statement on Sen. Hopper and GOP continued dirty tricks," July 7, 2011
- Fond du Lac Reporter, "Hopper, King meet in candidate forum tonight," July 18, 2011
- Post Crescent, "Randy Hopper, Jessica King stick to their positions in debate," July 19, 2011
- WisPolitics, "Hopper Campaign: Declares victory in debate," July 19, 2011
- WisPolitics, "King Campaign: Jessica King wins debate on issues," July 19, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "July 12 Primary Election Results District 18," accessed July 11, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 18 Recall Election Results," accessed August 19, 2011
- The Northwestern, “Democratic Wisconsin State Senate Recall candidate Jessica King calls on Sen. Randy Hopper to take down campaign ad,” July 24, 2011
- PolitiFact, “Wisconsin GOP state Sen. Randy Hopper says Democrat challenger Jessica King voted to increase her pay 63 percent.” July 22, 2011
- PolitiFact, “In Wisconsin Senate recall race, Democratic Jessica King says GOP Sen. Randy Hopper ‘didn’t pay taxes,’” July 26, 2011
- Daily Kos, "WI Recall: New Daily Kos polling shows path to victory," June 28, 2011
- Daily Kos, "Wisconsin recall elections: Too close to call," August 8, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Friends of Jessica King," August 1, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Friends of Jessica King," July 5, 2011
- Wisconsin State Election Results
- Follow the Money, 2008 contributors to Jessica King
Randy Hopper (R)
|Wisconsin State Senate District 18
August 26, 2011-2013
| Succeeded by|
Rick Gudex (R)