Peter Barca

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Peter Barca
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 64
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly District 64
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1977
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983
Date of birth08/07/1955
Place of birthKenosha, WI
Office website
Peter Barca (b. August 7, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 64th District from 1984-1995, and currently since 2009. He currently serves as State Assembly Minority Leader. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-1995.

Barca has worked as an employment specialist, CEO of Northpointe Resources, and as a teacher. He is the President of Aurora Association International, co-founder of the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research (ISCTR), and board member of the Kenosha Family and Aging Society.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Barca served on these committees:


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


Employee contracts

Gov. Jim Doyle's administration negotiated the public employee contracts and it hit a snag in the state legislature in mid-December 2010.

The Wisconsin Senate was deadlocked 16-16 on the series of public employee contracts the chamber considered. Democratic state Sens. Russ Decker and Jeff Plale joined Republican state senators in opposition.

"It wasn't a party-line vote," Decker said.

Decker is a member of the Bricklayers International Union. He voted for the slate of union contracts in a joint legislative committee Wednesday morning. He was stripped of his majority leader title in a closed-door meeting, following the first deadlocked vote.

When the Senate returned to vote by the same count on each of the remaining contracts, state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, took the role of majority leader.

"I'm extremely surprised," said Barca. "Never in a million years would you that the majority leader,who's been telling people for two weeks that they (the Senate) had the votes and they were moving forward, would be the one to actually kill (the series of contracts)," Barca said.[2]



See also: [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014

Barca is considered a potential challenger to Republican Governor Scott Walker's bid for re-election in 2014. As of January 2013, he has not stated publicly his intentions regarding the race, however a grassroots social media outreach campaign was mounted by local activists aiming to urge Barca to run.[3]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Barca won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 64. Barca ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 64, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Barca Incumbent 96.8% 20,264
     - Scattering 3.2% 662
Total Votes 20,926


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Barca was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 64. He is opposed by Libertarian Daane Hoffman in the general election on November 2, 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 64 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Barca (D) 9,667
Daane Hoffman (L) 1,774
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 64 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peter W. Barca (D) 1,466 99.8%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-217 Colorectal cancer examinations and laboratory tests: health insurance policies and plans required to cover; conditions and OCI and DHS duties
  • AB-365 Felony victim's prior testimony: admissibility of in revocation of probation, parole, or extended supervision proceedings
  • AB-366 OWI second or third offense penalty: court may order a therapeutically indicated dose of naltrexone as condition of probation, fine provision

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Barca received $47,631 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


Rep. Barca responding to an endorsement from Fire Fighters local 414

The top 5 donors to Barca's 2008 campaign:[7]

Donor Amount
Barca, Citizens for Peter $1,100
Barca, Peter W $1,000
Barca, Kathleen $500
Barrett For Wisconsin $500
Kenosha Professional Fire Fighters Local $500

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