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Robert Cowles
Cowles robert.jpg
Wisconsin State Senate District 2
Incumbent
In office
1987 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1983 - 1987
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Green Bay, 1975
Personal
Birthday07/31/1950
Place of birthGreen Bay, WI
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robert L. Cowles (b. July 31, 1950) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 1987.

Cowles served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 2 from 1982 to 1987, when he won the special election to the Senate.

Biography

Cowles graduated from the University of Green Bay in 1975. He then worked for a communications construction company as the director of the company's alternative energy division.

Cowles is part of the Investment Committee for DaneVest Tech Fund Advisors, LLC.[1][2][3]

Cowles survived a recall election in 2011.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cowles served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Consumer Protection, and Government Reform, Chair
State and Federal Relations, Vice Chair
Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs
Information Policy and Technology
Joint Legislative Audit, Co-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cowles served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cowles served on the following committees:

Issues

Notable proposed legislation

Cowles has authored and sponsored multiple bills, the most recent of which involve budget process reform, the prohibition of text-messaging while driving, access of employment records for law enforcement candidates, and state budget transparency.[4][5]

Elections

2012

Cowles ran unopposed for re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Senate, District 2.[6] Cowles was unopposed in the August 14th primary election and the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Cowles Incumbent 98.5% 64,192
     - Scattering 1.5% 951
Total Votes 65,143

2011 recall

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

Other Recall Information
Recalls by YearRecall Law in WisconsinRecall laws in other statesRecalls in Wisconsin2011 Scott Walker Budget Repair BillProtests over Budget Repair BillWisconsin Government Accountability BoardRecall timelineElection Results
See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Robert Cowles recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

A 2011 recall attempt against Cowles failed, with Cowles defeating Nancy Nusbaum (D) on August 9.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin began a recall campaign targeting Cowles and 7 of his Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in March 2011.[8][9]

About 26,000 signatures to recall Cowles were filed on April 28, 2011. This was the ninth set of signatures filed in the sixteen different state senate recalls that were attempted in Wisconsin.[10] Challenges to the petition were reviewed by the board on May 31.[11] At the meeting the GAB rejected most of the challenges, giving the go ahead for a recall election.[12] The Board officially certified the recall against Cowles on June 3, effectively setting the election for July 12. Since there was more than one opposing candidate a primary occurred on July 12, with the recall on August 9.

Opponents

Former Brown County board member Rich Langan announced on May 10 that he would run against Cowles in a recall election.[13] However, Langan dropped out days later.[14] Nancy Nusbaum replaced Langan, officially announcing her campaign on May 16. She was also a former member of the Brown County Board.[15] Nusbaum defeated Otto Junkermann in the Democratic primary on July 12. Junkermann was the "protest candidate." Junkermann, when asked if he was a "spoiler candidate," replied, “I don’t know how I could avoid being considered that.” Nusbaum called the move "a mockery of the democratic process," and "a sign of desperation."[16]

July 12 Democratic primary[17]
Candidates Votes Percent
Nancy Nusbaum Approveda 14,197 65.04%
Otto Junkermann 7,578 34.72%
Scattering 54 0.25%
  • Mert Summers Note: Summers filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.[18]

Cowles defeated Nusbaum in the August 9 recall.

August 9 Recall - District 2[19]
Candidates Votes Percent
Robert Cowles (R) Green check mark transparent.png 27,037 57.44%
Nancy Nusbaum (D) 19,974 42.43%
Scattering 62 .13%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Robert Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 2. He ran unopposed.[20]

Robert Cowles raised $14,234 for his campaign.[21]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Cowles (R) 60,507

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cowles is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Cowles raised a total of $334,868 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[22]

Robert Cowles's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Won $112,032
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Won $179,151
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Not up for election $400
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Won $14,234
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Not up for election $675
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Won $6,293
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Not up for election $300
2000 Wisconsin State Senate, District 2 Won $21,783
Grand Total Raised $334,868

2012

Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $112,032.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Cowles's campaign in 2012
Cmte to Elect a Republican Senate of Wisconsin$23,169
Kress, Donald F$2,000
Republican Party of Brown County$1,995
Kuehne, Carl W$1,250
Einhorn, Nancy$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$112,032
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $179,151.

2010

Cowles was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $400.

2008

Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $14,234.

2006

Cowles was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $675.

2004

Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $6,293.

2002

Cowles was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $300.

2000

Cowles won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Cowles raised a total of $21,783.

Personal

Cowles currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Senator Cowles
  2. Biography for Robert Cowles from the WI Legislature
  3. Cowles on DaneVest Tech Fund Advisors
  4. 2009 bills authored by Robert Cowles, WI Legislature
  5. Bills sponsored by Robert Cowles, State Surge
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "2012 Candidate List
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "2012 Candidate List
  8. "Recall the Republican 8" website
  9. AOL News, "Wisconsin Election Recall Reality Check," February 23, 2011
  10. ABC 2 WBAY, "Democrats Turn in 26,000 Signatures to Recall Senator Cowles," April 28, 2011
  11. Talking Points Memo, "Wis. Elections Staff Recommend Recalls Against Three GOPers," May 20, 2011
  12. 620 WTMJ, "GAB clears way for Cowles recall election," May 31, 2011
  13. WFRV-TV, "Wis. GOP senator has Dem challenger for recall," May 10, 2011
  14. WBAY, "Rich Langan Out for Recall Bid Against Sen. Cowles... Nancy Nusbaum In?," May 16, 2011
  15. FOX 11, "Nusbaum to challenge Cowles in recall," May 16, 2011
  16. Green Bay Press Gazette, "Former GOP lawmaker to run as Democrat in Cowles' recall race," June 8, 2011
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "July 12 primary election results District 2," accessed August 11, 2011
  18. WisPolitics, "WisDems: Dems to end placeholder candidacies in recall elections," June 17, 2011
  19. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 2 Recall Election Results," accessed August 19, 2011
  20. Wisconsin State Election Results
  21. Follow the Money 2008
  22. followthemoney.org, "Cowles, Robert," accessed May 31, 2013
Political offices
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Wisconsin State Senate District 2
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