Rob Zerban

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Rob Zerban
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Rob Zerban was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin.[1]

He was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin. He lost to incumbent Paul Ryan.[2]


Zerban attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. He started two small businesses, and he served two terms on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors.[3]



Zerban listed the following issues on his website:

  • Term Limits- I support limiting members of the House of Representatives and Senate to twelve years in office. That means a maximum of six two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in Senate.
  • I will take a serious look at supporting any bipartisan term-limit proposal.
  • Redistricting- I support independent redistricting committees to end corruption in the way districts are drawn up.
  • I support any ban on lobbying by former Members of Congress[4]
  • I will oppose Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and will promote Fair Trade that benefits the workers of all nations involved. FTAs do not work, they hurt American industry, and I will oppose the outsourcing of American jobs.
  • I will support changes to our tax code to reward job creation in America, not outsourcing of jobs.
  • I support rebuilding our infrastructure to increase economic activity and create construction jobs.
  • I support education for workers including low or no-cost job retraining.
  • I support Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and will fight to protect them. I support retirement security for all Americans.[5]
  • I support a Constitutional Amendment to undo the damaging decision of Citizens United and to end unlimited special interest money in our politics.
  • I support any increased disclosure and transparency legislation, including McCain-Feingold, to shed light on campaign finances and political spending by individuals or groups.
  • I will support any and all efforts to reform Congress, increase transparency, reinstitute strict ethical standards for public servants, and get money out of politics.[6]



See also: Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Zerban ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 1st District. Zerban sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


See also: Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Zerban ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 1st District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was defeated by Republican incumbent Paul Ryan in the November general election.[7]

While Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney on August 11th to be his running mate, Wisconsin law allowed Ryan to pursue his House re-election at the same time. If Ryan had been elected for both offices, the state would have held a special election to fill his U.S. House seat.[8]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Zerban 43.4% 158,414
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 54.9% 200,423
     Libertarian Keith Deschler 1.7% 6,054
     Miscellaneous N/A 0% 167
Total Votes 365,058
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zerban's reports.[9]

Rob Zerban (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[10]January 31, 2014$0$265,964$(221,482)$44,481
April Quarterly[11]April 1, 2014$44,481.86$124,185.37$(92,363.92)$76,303.31
July Quarterly[12]July 14, 2014$76,303.31$104,450.61$(78,694.85)$102,059.07
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2014$107,901.45$113,907.47$(121,919.57)$99,889.35
Running totals


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

Zerban lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Zerban's campaign committee raised a total of $2,265,721 and spent $2,250,102.[14]

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