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Penny Bernard Schaber
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 57
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesSouthern Illinois University, 1973 and Fox Valley Technical College, 1986
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University, 1977 and Northwestern University Medical School, 1980
Date of birth11/05/1953
Place of birthMundelein, IL
ProfessionPhysical Therapist
Office website
Penny Bernard Schaber (b. November 5, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 57th District since 2009.

Raised in Illinois, Schaber graduated with both her Associate's and Bachelor's of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University. After graduating from Southern Illinois, Schaber volunteered in the Peace Corps. After completing her service for the Peace Corps in Brazil, she returned state-side to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Schaber graduated from Northwestern with a graduate degree in Physical Therapy. Schaber later attended Fox Valley Technical College and graduated with a Associate's Degree in National Resources[1].

Schaber is a retired Physical Therapist, last working with the Oshkosh Area School District[2]. She is a member of the Physical Therapy Association, Sierra Club, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.[3]

Policy positions

On her campaign site Schaber states she will "promote a cleaner and healthier Wisconsin by:"

  • "assisting businesses to attain affordable and accessible health care for all employees and their families
  • supporting strong * Education Committee, preschool to post-college, with financial support based on need and merit
  • advancing economic growth and environmental protection while allowing for appropriate sustainable community growth
  • encouraging job growth and security including the right to organize
  • decreasing unemployment and providing for a living wage
  • developing efficient mass transit for urban areas
  • balancing revenues with spending
  • promoting cost effective, and positive issue oriented campaigns that are not influenced by financial contributions
  • encouraging contested elections at all levels through a bipartisan redistricting bureau
  • protecting water, air and land resources
  • re-establishing the Office of the Public Intervention and an independent DNR Secretary
  • making government more efficient and responsive."[4]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Schaber is running in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 57. Schaber ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. No Republican candidate filed to run for this seat. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[5]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Schaber was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 57. She defeated Republican Chris Hanson in the general election on November 2, 2010. She was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 57 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Penny Bernard Schaber (D) 10,426
Chris Hanson (R) 9,420
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 57 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Penny Bernard Schaber (D) 1,709 100%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-16 Hearing aids or cochlear implants for children under 18: health insurance policies and plans required to cover; exceptions and Badger Care Plus provisions
  • AB-275 Physical Therapists Affiliated Credentialing Board changed to Physical Therapy Examining Board and no longer attached to or advised by MEB
  • AB-308 Police escorted vehicle or procession of vehicles: provisions created; rights-of-way penalty specified

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Schaber received $81,900 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]


The top 5 donors to Schaber's 2008 campaign:[8]

Donor Amount
Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte $1,175
Schaber, Penny Bernard $1,028
Katz, Donald $1,000
Faulkner, Judith R $1,000
Bader, Linda $1,000

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