Joel Kleefisch

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Joel Kleefisch
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 38
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 10
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPepperdine University, 1993
Date of birth06/08/1971
Place of birthWaukesha, WI
Office website
Joel Kleefisch (b. June 8, 1971) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 38th District since 2005. He previously served as Minority Caucus Vice Chair.

Kleefisch is a former investigative reporter for WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He previously worked as a reporter/anchor at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and a news researcher at KCBS-TV Los Angeles.

He is the founder of Lakewatch Volunteer Organization, and a member of Musky Mike's Fishing Pro-Staff, Okauchee Lions Club, Watertown Elks Club, and Watertown Moose Club.[1]

Joel is married to Lieutenant Governor-Elect Rebecca Kleefisch.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kleefisch has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kleefisch served on these committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kleefisch won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 38. Kleefisch ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Scott Michalak (D) and Leroy Watson (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Kleefisch Incumbent 58.5% 19,181
     Democratic Scott Michalak 39% 12,795
     Libertarian Leroy Watson 2.4% 788
     - Scattering 0.1% 17
Total Votes 32,781


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kleefisch was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 38. He defeated Democrat Dick Pas in the general election on November 2, 2010. Pas was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Kleefisch (R) 17,267
Dick Pas (D) 6,558
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 38 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Kleefisch (R) 8,547 99.72%


On November 4, 2008, Kleefisch won re-election to Assembly District 38, receiving 66.27% of the vote.[4]

Wisconsin Assembly District 38
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Kleefisch (R) 20,294
Dick Pas (D) 10,295
Scattering 34

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-79 OWI penalties for third offense and higher revised; no release after third OWI conviction and pretrial release may be denied; law enforcement provision; JRCCP report

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kleefisch received $28,735 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Kleefisch's campaign in 2010
Wisconsin Chiropractic Association$1,000
Kwapil, Don$1,000
Tavern League Of Wisconsin$500
Ksicinski, Gregory J$500
Gende, Angela M$500
Total Raised in 2010 $28,735


The top 5 donors to Kleefisch's 2008 campaign:[6]

Donor Amount
Gende, Angela M $1,000
Kolb, Walter L $750
Pulaski, Robert J $600
Koch Industries $500
Alliant Energy $500

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