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John Spiros
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 86
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Office website
Campaign website
John Spiros is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 86. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Spiros is currently the Vice President of Safety and Claims Management for Roehl Transport. He has been a member of the Marshfield City Council since 2005.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Spiros served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2015
Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Ways and Means, Chair
Transportation, Vice-Chair
Labor, Vice-Chair


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


Campaign themes


Spiros' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Business and Jobs

  • Excerpt: "We need to continue to cut the red tape, reduce cost, and become a more employer friendly state. I am proud of my bi-partisan approach to co-authoring bills and working hard to keep "Skyward" and hundreds of good paying jobs in Wisconsin."

Wisconsin Industry

  • Excerpt: "Our area has many different industries; agriculture, manufacturing, Paper and logging to name a few. I would like to see these industries stay solvent and continue to grow and prosper. Often this may mean, less regulation and government interference. I will offer strong support to these industries so that they can remain strong and continue to be a positive reminder of what Wisconsin offers the country. Our next generation deserves the opportunities we have all had and I will do my part to make sure these industries are around for many generations to come."

Gogebic Taconite Mine

  • Excerpt: "In February 2013 the State Assembly along with the State Senate passed legislation for the application, regulation and oversite of applicants who are interested in Taconite Mining. I voted for this legilation [sic], and believe thatenvironmentally safe. The mine if built has the potential to bring Wisconsinites 3,175 jobs each year for two years. This mine will also bring a total of $20.6 million dollars in state and local tax revenue. This mine will make a 2 billion dollar total economic impact on Wisconsin."


  • Excerpt: "I have never voted for a tax increase, and in the last 7 years our city tax rate has either decreased or remained the same, and the size of our city government, excluding protective services, has declined. As Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee, my committee and I have taken a hard line on costs and we have not seen our services decline. Having local government experience and understanding shared revenues and budgets, is essential for our small towns and cities. I am proud of the work I have done in Marshfield and now in our state to reduce the tax burden on our residents!"


  • Excerpt: "I do believe that everyone should be able to afford decent healthcare but I did not support the Obama Affordable Care Act when passed and I do not support it now. I believe that each individual’s health care is personal and private and that the Government has no Constitutional right to mandate, that for the first time in American history, that American’s buy health insurance or face taxation for not doing so. Wisconsin has had a very good healthcare system, and our health care is ranked at the top in the nation."


Spiros's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Lower Taxes
  • More Private Sector Jobs
  • Controlling Government Spending
  • Protecting Family Values
  • Supporting Small Business Owners"



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Nancy Stencil was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent John Spiros was unopposed in the Republican primary. Stencil and Spiros faced off in the general election.[2][3] Incumbent Spiros defeated Stencil in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 86 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Spiros Incumbent 62.5% 15,875
     Democratic Nancy Stencil 37.5% 9,528
Total Votes 25,403


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Spiros won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 86. He defeated Wayne Thorson in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Dennis Halkoski (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 86, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Spiros 55.6% 17,175
     Democratic Dennis Halkoski 44.2% 13,664
     - Scattering 0.2% 48
Total Votes 30,887
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 86 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Spiros 73.6% 3,985
Wayne Thorson 26.4% 1,430
Total Votes 5,415


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

In 2010, Spiros was a Republican candidate for District 70 of the Wisconsin State Assembly. The primary election was on September 14, 2010, and the general election was on November 2, 2010. Spiros was defeated by Democratic incumbent Amy Vruwink in the November 2 general election. He defeated Stephen Zdun in the primary election.[7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 70 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Spiros (R) 2,431 50.72%
Stephen Zdun (R) 2,361 49.26%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Spiros is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Spiros raised a total of $80,449 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[8]

John Spiros's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 86 Won $80,449
Grand Total Raised $80,449


Spiros won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Spiros raised a total of $80,449.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Spiros's campaign in 2012
Wisconsin Builders Association$500
Vandehey, Tom$500
Whitten, Christopher$500
Kuehne, Mary Ellen$500
Martin, Gary$500
Total Raised in 2012$80,449
Source: Follow the Money


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Preceded by
Jerry Petrowski (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 86
Succeeded by