Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)

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Michael Ellis
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Wisconsin State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President, Wisconsin State Senate
2011-July 17, 2012, 2013-present
Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
1999, 1995-1997, 1993
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1971-1981
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1965
Personal
Birthday02/21/1941
Place of birthNeenah, WI
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael Ellis (b. February 21, 1941) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He served as President of the Senate from 2011-July 17, 2012 and from 2013 to the present.[1] Ellis has represented District 19 since 1998. The 19th District includes Appleton, Menasha, and Neenah. He was the Senate Minority Leader in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. From 1970 to 1980, he was an Assemblyman in the Wisconsin State Assembly and from 1969 to 1975, he was an alderman on the Neenah City Council.

Ellis' professional experiences also include farming and teaching. He earned his BS in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.[2]

See: Sen. Ellis's issue positions on Project Vote Smart

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Senate Organization
State and Federal Relations, Chair
Employment Relations, Co-chair
Legislative Organization, Co-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Ellis served on the following committees:

Issues

Budget bill, 2011

The legislative process for creating and passing the budget the state budget included protestors and a lot of national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.

The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.

Once Gov. Walker signs the budget into law, it will take effect July 1.

One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President Michael Ellis called for a vote. “I want my democracy back!” she screamed.

Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.

“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”

Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the needs of children by slashing funding for education while introducing tax breaks for businesses, and of targeting low-income residents while refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch.[3]

Elections

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Michael Ellis was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 19 seat. He was unopposed in the primary and in the general election on November 2, 2010. [4][5][6]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Ellis (R) 36,122 99.04%
Wisconsin Senate, District 19 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael G. Ellis (R) 16,511 99.73%

Two days after the general election, Ellis was elected President of the Wisconsin State Senate by his Republican peers on November 4, 2010[7].

2006

On November 7, 2006, Michael Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 19. He ran unopposed.[8]

Michael Ellis raised $40,754 for his campaign.[9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Ellis (R) 51,162

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Ellis includes:[10]

  • A bill regarding campaign finance laws[11]
  • A bill prohibiting smoking in public buildings[12]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ellis is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellis raised a total of $257,594 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[13]

Michael Ellis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $11,550
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $16,061
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $18,258
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $40,754
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $8,032
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $54,403
2000 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $22,950
1998 Wisconsin State Senate, District 19 Won $85,586
Grand Total Raised $257,594

2012

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $11,550.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)'s campaign in 2012
Friends of Pam Galloway$5,000
Northwestern Mutual Life$1,000
Wisconsin Realtors Association$1,000
Associated Bank$534
Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters$500
Total Raised in 2012$11,550
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $16,061.

2008

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $18,258.

2006

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $40,754.

2004

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $8,032.

2002

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $54,403.

2000

Ellis was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $22,950.

1998

Ellis won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Ellis raised a total of $85,586.

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Personal

He is a native of Neenah. He is married to Sandy Ellis. [2][14]

References

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1998–present
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