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John Klenke
John Klenke.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 88
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth04/24/1958
Office website
John Klenke is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 88 since 2011.

Klenke is a retired executive of Schneider National trucking. He holds a BA in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MS in taxation from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. [1]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Utilities


At the beginning of the 2011 legislative session, Klenke served on the following committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Klenke won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 88. Klenke ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Ward Bacon (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 88, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Klenke Incumbent 52.4% 14,445
     Democratic Ward Bacon 47.5% 13,085
     - Scattering 0.1% 36
Total Votes 27,566


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Klenke defeated Democratic incumbent James Soletski in the November 2 general election. Klenke was unopposed in the primary election. [3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 88 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Klenke (R) 8,224
James Soletski (D) 7,957
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 88 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Klenke (R) 3,320 99.51%

Campaign themes

Klenke lists four main issues for his campaign:

  • "Fix the Budget Crisis" - Wants to eliminate the budget deficits, stop light rail project, stop raiding segregated funds, give tax incentives for business growth, use responsible budgeting practices.
  • "Reduce Taxes" - Notes tax increases by the current administration and says he will fight against increases.
  • "Bring Jobs back to Wisconsin" = Points out more people employed in government than in manufacturing. Wants to bring back jobs by supporting business growth and limiting government.
  • "Practical Energy Policy" - Believe that inefficient practices waste energy.[4]

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[5]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Klenke first won election to the State Assembly, he collected $114,878 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
John Klenke $50,317
Citizens for Mark Gottleib $500
Tony Theisen for Assembly $500
Friends & Neighbors of Robin Vos $500
Tavern League of Wisconsin $500
15 individual donors $500 each


Klenke is married and has six children.

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