Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)

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Michael Ellis
Wisconsin State Senate District 19
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 3, 2015
Political party Republican
Website Senate website

Michael Ellis (b. February 21, 1941) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate who currently serves as President of the Senate. 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.[1]

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

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jacksonn has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacksonn served on these committees:


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.[2]



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. [3][4][5]

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[6].


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

Michael Ellis raised $40,754 for his campaign.[8]

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:[9]

  • A bill regarding campaign finance laws[10]
  • A bill prohibiting smoking in public buildings[11]


In 2008, Ellis collected $18,258 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign: [12]

Donor Amount
Interest Income $16,420
School Administrators Alliance $500
Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters $500
Egelhoff for Assembly $500

External links

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He is a native of Neenah. He is married to Sandy Ellis. [1][13]


Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Senate District 19
Succeeded by