Jon Richards

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Jon Richards
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Current candidacy
Running for Wisconsin Attorney General
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Wisconsin State Assembly District 19
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLawrence University, 1986
J.D.University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994
Personal
Birthday09/05/1963
Place of birthWaukesha, WI
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jon Richards (b. September 5, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Richards was a candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General in the 2014 elections.

Biography

Richards has worked as an attorney and an English teacher in Japan.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Audit
Finance
Financial Institutions
Joint Finance
Joint Legislative Audit

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Richards served on these committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Richards served on these committees:

Issues

Legislation sponsored in 2009:

  • AB-70 Background checks for handgun purchasers: DOJ required to check for court order or finding rendering the person ineligible under federal law re mental health status; courts required to determine ineligibility and other duties; person may petition court to cancel the order
  • AB-118 Health insurance policy coverage of dependents: requirements expanded to include children under 27 years of age under set conditions, including full-time student status and National Guard or reserves service
  • AB-253 Smoking prohibitions: designated smoking area prohibited in public places and places of employment, a few exceptions specified; certain existing exceptions eliminated; smoking in sports arenas, private clubs, and bus shelters specifically prohibited; enforcement by person in charge required

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

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin attorney general election, 2014

Richards ran for election to the office of Wisconsin Attorney General. Richards did not win the Democratic nomination in the primary.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary results

Wisconsin Attorney General Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Jon Richards 32.5% 90,101
Ismael Ozanne 15.4% 42,555
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Happ 52.1% 144,367
Total Votes 277,023
Election Results Via:Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Primary Election Results.

Issues

Campaign themes

Richards's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 election:

I’m running for Attorney General because I believe Wisconsin needs an experienced, independent leader who can set politics aside and focus on real priorities for our state’s citizens.

As your Attorney General, I bring the experience as an attorney and lawmaker with a history of team-building to tackle some of Wisconsin’s toughest issues. I will be tough on crime and ensure that local law enforcement has the resources they need to keep our communities safe.

I know we need to be a stronger partner with local authorities to improve our neighborhoods. That’s why in my role on the state finance committee I was the lead voice for fair pay for our state’s prosecutors and smarter investment in our criminal justice system. We need to give local law enforcement tough, smart tools to prevent crime. As Attorney General, I want to support programs like the successful drug courts operating around the state, which hold drug abusers accountable but addresses their addiction without filling up our jails – saving taxpayers money. Local law enforcement officials need to be able to count on a reliable partner at the Department of Justice. We need to address head-on the scourge of violence in our cities and schools, the alarming increase in the rate of heroin abuse, the problem of domestic violence, the needless apathy about drunk driving, and the delays in justice in our court system.

Wisconsin expects an open, transparent government to do the work of the people. Your Attorney General is your watchdog on this front. You can count on me to fight for every Wisconsin citizen’s right to vote, without unfair and discriminatory barriers. I have a long record of fighting for every woman’s right to control her own health care decisions. I have fought for civil rights and equality under the law, and I will restore the Department of Justice’s historic role in protecting consumers and preserving Wisconsin’s natural resources.

[3]

—Jon Richards's campaign website, (2014), [4]

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Richards won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 19. Richards ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJon Richards Incumbent 97.7% 24,856
     Scattering 2.3% 597
Total Votes 25,453

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Richards was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 19. He defeated Republican Krista Burns in the general election is on November 2, 2010. Richards was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election.[6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jon Richards (D) 15,123
Krista Burns (R) 6,892
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jon Richards (D) 3,732 99.28%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Richards won re-election to Assembly District 19, receiving 98.52% of the vote.[7]

Wisconsin Assembly District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jon Richards (D) 25,2821
Scattering 379

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Richards is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Richards raised a total of $206,377 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[8]

Jon Richards's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $19,618
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $39,579
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $21,318
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $26,677
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $28,193
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $12,414
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $34,690
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 19 Won $23,888
Grand Total Raised $206,377

2012

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $19,618.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jon Richards's campaign in 2012
Gehweiler, Grant$500
Levinson, Jeremy P$500
Painters Local 781$500
Wilder, Jeffrey M$500
Northwestern Mutual Life$500
Total Raised in 2012$19,618
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $39,579.

Rep. Richards speaking at a Milwaukee Rally

2008

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $21,318.

2006

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $26,677.

2004

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $28,193.

2002

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $12,414.

2000

Richards won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $34,690.

1998

Richards won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Richards raised a total of $23,888.

Personal

Richards is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Council of Young Political Leaders, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corps.[9]

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 19
1998–present
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