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Pat Kreitlow
Candidate for
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 7
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Senate, District 23
ProfessionTelevision Journalist
Campaign website
Pat J. Kreitlow (b. July 3, 1964) was a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He represented District 23 since 2007. Kreitlow was also President Pro Tempore. He ran for US House in 2012 and lost to incumbent Sean Duffy.[1]

Kreitlow's professional experience is with various radio stations; billboard traffic manager; and contractor office manager.

Kreitlow earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.[2]

Issue positions

Sen. Kreitlow did not list where he stood on the issues on his website, but some information was included in his press releases.[3]

  • Supported greater public financing of State Supreme Court campaigns
  • Supported a lower minimum hunting age
  • Supported journalists' rights to keep sources and material confidential
  • Supported the workplace smoking ban
  • Supported increased access to the Veterans Assistance Grant program
  • Supported bio-fuel initiatives

Committee assignments

Sen. Kreitlow served on these legislative committees:[4]



See also: Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kreitlow ran for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District seat.[5] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and lost to Republican incumbent Sean Duffy in the November general election.[6]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
     Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Senator Kreitlow at the 2008 Democratic Convention


See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Kreitlow was defeated in his bid for re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate District 23. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary. He was defeated by Republican Terry Moulton in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Wisconsin Senate, District 23 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Kreitlow (D) 5,871 99.64%


On November 7, 2006, Pat Kreitlow won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 23.[8]

Pat Kreitlow raised $238,983 for his campaign, while David Zien raised $297,716.[9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 23 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Kreitlow (D) 31,590
David Zien (R) 30,505

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Kreitlow included:[10]

  • A bill requiring business making mass layoffs to provide support service information to affected employees[11]
  • A bill creating a tax credit for fuel efficient vehicles[12]
  • A bill allowing 18 year olds to consume alcohol at licensed premises if accompanied by older spouse or a parent/guardian[13]
  • A bill increasing access to the veterans assistance program[14]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Kreitlow's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Kreitlow lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kreitlow's campaign committee raised a total of $1,280,552 and spent $1,280,552.[15]


Some of the top donors to Sen. Kreitlow's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[16]

Russell C. Doane, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists, Larry Dorn, Painters & Allied Trades, Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association

General business interests were his largest donor group.

In 2008, Kreitlow collected $49,376 in donations.

Listed below are the top four contributors to his campaign.[17]

Donor Amount
Russell Doane $1,500
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades $1,000
TDS Telecommunications Corp. $1,000
Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association $1,000

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He and his wife, Sharry, have two children; Samantha and Chelsea.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Senate District 23
Succeeded by
Terry Moulton