|Wisconsin State Senate District 33|
| Assumed office|
January 3, 2011
| Current term ends|
January 3, 2015
A attorney from Reedsville, WI, Zipperer previously served as the District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and as an aide to Congressman Tom Petri in Washington DC.
Zipperer graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere with a Bachelor's Degree, received a Masters Degree from George Washington University in Washington DC, and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zipperer has been appointed to these committees:
- Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs, Vice Chair
- Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology
- Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations, Chair
- Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties, Co-Chair
- State and Federal Relations and Information Technology
- Joint Committee on Tax Exemptions
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Zipperer served on these committees:
- Energy and Utilities Committee
- Jobs, the Economy and Small Business Committee
- Judiciary and Ethics Committee
- Tax Exemptions Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature
- Special Committee on High-Risk Juvenile Offenders
2011 unemployment bill
The bill, which could eliminate a newly instituted one-week waiting period on the receipt of unemployment benefits, passed in the Senate with a vote of 30-3. State officials said the one-week waiting period is a crucial part of the effort to root out fraud, but the bill works to eliminate it.
Democratic Senator Robert Jauch called the one-week waiting period “a 55 million dollar highway robbery of workers."
Zipperer was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 33. Zipperer did not run for re-election to Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. He ran for an open seat in Wisconsin State Senate District 33, vacated by Theodore Kanavas, who did not run for re-election. He defeated his opponent Tim Dietrich in the September 14, 2010 primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.  
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 33 (2010) General Election|
|Rich Zipperer (R)||62,732||99.5%|
|Wisconsin Senate, District 33 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Rich Zipperer (R)||24,107||73.74%|
|Tim Dietrich (R)||8,562||26.19%|
In 2010, when Zipperer first won election to the Senate, he collected $85,591 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|American Legislative Exchange Council||$1,026|
|13 contributors||$1,000 each|
The top 5 donors to Zipperer's 2008 campaign:
|WI Restaurant Assoc||$500|
|Delgado, Jose M||$500|
|WI Dental Assoc||$500|
Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
- AB-168 Biennial budget bill preparation and consideration revisions re state agency request for earmark or nonfiscal policy item prohibited, state agency budget modification report by DOA Secretary, earmark transparency report by LFB, JCF executive sessions and documents on legislature's Web site
- AB-263 Restraining order and injunction violations: court may order person to submit to GPS tracking by Corr.Dept in certain cases; surcharge and penalties for tampering with device
Rich was the lead sponsor on Assembly Bill 739 in 2008 in which would make all earmarks go public before debate and also prohibit air dropping of earmarks in conference committee. AB 739 passed, but it was killed in the Wisconsin State Senate Rules Committee.
On his official campaign site Zipperer states a number of his positions, including:
- Taxes - "High taxes in Wisconsin are driving away jobs, causing our seniors to move out of state, and making it even more difficult for families to make ends meet. In the Assembly, I am working for tax relief, authoring one of the few tax cuts to become law in the last budget."
- Government Spending - "Weeding out bureaucratic waste and red tape to get government off of the backs of small businesses and individuals will be one of my most important goals."
- Education - "I am a strong advocate of giving greater control of education to parents and teachers, and having less mandates from Washington and Madison. Milwaukee’s school choice program is one way to give parents and children options they need."
- 2nd Amendment - "As a hunter, sportsman, and strong defender of the right of individuals to protect themselves, I will oppose efforts by those who would trample on our constitutionally protected rights to keep and bear arms."
- Big Government Mandates - "We don't need the state government to act as a nanny for us all. I will work in the Assembly to promote individual freedom and stop the seemingly endless march toward more and more government regulation of our daily lives."
Zipperer and his wife, Rita, have three children.
- Rich Zipperer's official campaign website
- Rich Zipperer on the Wisconsin State Legislature website
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile
- Rich Zipperer's Freedom Speaks profile
- Rich Zipperer on Facebook
- "Amended Unemployment Bill Could Hamper Fraud Detection Efforts," MacIver News Service, July 20, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010 Partisan Primary - 09/14/2010," July 13, 2010
- Official GAB primary results
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Official General Election 2010 Results
- Follow the Money, Rich Zipperer candidate summary, Retrieved June 9, 2011
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
- Wisconsin Legislature - Bills sponsored by Rich Zipperer
- Rich Zipperer Issues
|Wisconsin State Senate District 33
| Succeeded by|
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 98
| Succeeded by|
Paul Farrow (R)