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Keith Ripp
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 42
In office
2009 - 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 birth11/13/1961
Place of birthMadison, WI
ProfessionPresident/Co-Founder, Badger Agvest LLC
Office website
Keith Ripp (b. November 13, 1961) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 42 since 2013. He previously represented the 47th District from 2009 to 2013. He also serves as a Town of Dane Board Supervisor.

Ripp is the President and co-founder of the Badger Agvest Limited Liability Company. He is a member of the Columbia/Dane County Republican Party, Ducks Unlimited, and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.[1]

On his campaign site Ripp lists five legislative priorities:[2]

  • Economy - "To jump start our economy, we need a new direction that focuses on incentives for worker training, encourage investment in local business opportunities, and provide relief from needless governmental red tape."
  • Energy - "I am a board member and co-founder of Badger Agvest – an organization that encourages innovative and cutting edge projects in the bio-energy and bio technology industries. These technologies include, but are not limited to, wind, solar, cellulosic, ethanol and bio diesel."
  • Health care - "To make health care more affordable, we need families, not government and politicians, to be in control of their health care decisions and dollars. Families need choices with open disclosure of cost and quality information, so we can see the doctors we choose."
  • Agriculture - "Agriculture is one of my main issues in my campaign and with good reason. Agriculture is Wisconsin's largest industry; it contributes $51.5 billion to the state's economy and accounts for 12% of all jobs."
  • Tax relief - "To control taxes is the issue of controlling spending and keeping a close eye on the taxpayers' ability to pay instead of the wants of government."

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Rural Affairs
Small Business Development
State Affairs
Transportation, Chair
Ways and Means


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


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



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Ripp won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 42. Ripp ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. Paula Cooper ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Paula Cooper (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ripp Incumbent 56.6% 16,394
     Democratic Paula Cooper 43.4% 12,567
     - Scattering 0% 14
Total Votes 28,975


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Ripp was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 47. Ripp defeated Democrat Trish O'Neil in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Ripp (R) 14,488
Trish O'Neil (D) 10,820
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Ripp (R) 5,362 99.78%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-34 Dairy manufacturing facility investment credit: dairy cooperatives allowed to claim
  • AB-87 Ash resulting from the burning of a structure for practice or instruction of fire fighters or testing of equipment: DNR prohibited from requiring disposal in certain landfills

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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Ripp received $83,441 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


Rep. Ripp campaign commercial

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

Donor Amount
WI Republican Party $3,800
Ripp, Keith $2,100
WI Manufacturers & Commerce $1,500
Bryant, Anthony W $750
WI Restaurant Assoc $750

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Preceded by
Fred Clark (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 42
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 47
Succeeded by
Robb Kahl (D)