|Wisconsin State Senate District 25|
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January 3, 2015
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Jauch's professional experience includes the United States Army, Vietnam.
Jauch attended the Universities of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and Superior. 
Sen. Jauch does not list his positions on the issue on his website, but some information is available:
- His main focus is on education and increased school funding
- He supports the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jacksonn has been appointed to these committees:
- Joint Committee on Finance
- Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue
- Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacksonn served on these committees:
- Children and Families and Workforce Development Committee, Wisconsin Senate, Chair
- Education Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Environment Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Rural Issues, Biofuels, and Information Technology Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Audit Committee, Wisconsin Senate
- Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology
- Special Committee on Continuity of Legislative Operations (Chair)
- Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce
- Special Committee on Domestic Biofuels
- Special Committee on Child Welfare Provider Rate Implementation
- Special Committee on Emergency Management and Continuity of Government, Chair
- Special Committee on Recodification of Chapter 166 and Related Emergency Management Statutes, Chair
- Special Committee on Public Assistance Program Integrity, Chair
- Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations
- Legislative Council Select Committee on Clean Energy
Jauch and the 13 other Democratic senators participated in a legislative walkout on February 17, 2011 in opposition to Assembly Bill 11, which is a Republican-sponsored bill aimed at limiting collective bargaining rights, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees. The Democratic departure left the Senate one vote shy of a quorum. Reports confirmed the senators fled to a hotel in Rockford, Illinois. State police were dispatched by Governor Scott Walker (R) to retrieve the senators, but were unable to cross state lines.  The 14 state senators who left the state are being described as the "Badger 14" or "Fab 14."
On February 22, speaking from the basement of an Illinois hotel, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller provided the minority response to Gov. Scott Walker, saying, "The governor has the tools at his disposal to put this issue to an end. As soon as he is willing to take a compromise, we will go back to work in an instant." Miller stated that the legislators payed for the trip themselves, and that no taxpayer money was spent.Walker called on the Democratic senators to return to the state by March 1 in order to vote to restructure the state's debt. If they did not, he stated he may have to start cutting state jobs, saying:
It’s not just a number, it’s not just a budget, it’s ultimately a real person with a real family, so I’m going to push that back as far as I can. We’ve got to have real numbers to balance the budget to avoid layoffs. My hope is those 14 state senators … realize that in the end, it’s much better off to avoid those cuts, it’s much better off to avoid the most dire consequences that will come if we don’t pass this bill.The Democratic senators said they would not return until the governor was willing to compromise on the budget-repair bill.
Democrats threatened with arrest
Republicans passed a unanimous resolution on March 3 finding the missing legislators in contempt and threatening them with arrest. It gave them until 4 p.m. to return or the sergeant-at-arms was ordered to take "any and all necessary steps, with or without force, and with or without the assistance of law enforcement, by warrant or other legal process, as he may deem necessary in order to bring that senator to the Senate chambers."
The constitutionality of that resolution was unclear, however, as the Wisconsin Constitution only allows for the arrest of legislators while in session if they are suspected of committing a felony, treason, or breach of the peace. Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said the resolution was an "unreasonable abuse of police power."
Sen. Jon Erpenbach provided the Democratic response, stating, "All 14 of us remain in Illinois, very strong in our convictions. Issuing arrest warrants at 4 p.m. isn't going to solve the problem. This is a debate about protection of the middle class in Wisconsin; that is what the Republicans should be focusing on."
The move by Republicans came the day after they issued fines of $100 a day for not showing up at the Capitol, along with taking away parking spaces. The week before Republicans also passed a rule suspending direct-deposit of paychecks. Sen. Erpenbach found a way around this by granting power of attorney to two of his aides, giving them power to, among other things, pick up his paycheck. In the end Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald mailed the check to Erpenbaach.
On March 7, Democratic leader Sen. Mark Miller sent a letter to the governor and senate majority leader asking for a meeting near the Wisconsin-Illinois border to restart talks on the collective bargaining issue. Gov. Walker responded at a press conference, calling the letter "ridiculous," and saying that several meetings between the two sides have taken place, but that Miller has stood in the way of a compromise.
Sen. Chris Larson said, "Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table. That could be soon based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans."
On March 8, the Governor's office released an email exchange dated March 6 between Eric Schutt, Walker's deputy chief of staff, and Democratic Senators Cullen and Jauch. The exchange discusses possible compromises on the bill, including allowing unions to bargain for wages beyond inflation rates, permitting collective-bargaining on certain economic issues, allowing public workers to collectively bargain workplace safety issues, and limiting collective bargaining agreements to 2 years or less.
Republicans pass bill
In a surprise maneuver, Senate Republicans on March 9 passed controversial reforms to the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers. In a process that took just over two hours, Republicans passed the bill by a vote of 18-1, with Sen. Dale Schultz (R) casting the only no vote.
Republicans skirted the need for a quorum by removing the sections of the bill that had to do with appropriating funds. With these removed, the bill only needed to be passed by a simple majority -- rather than requiring a quorum of 20 senators. At 4 p.m. on March 9 a conference committee on the budget-repair bill was convened. Two hours later the committee met and advanced the new measure without debate. Immediately following that, the Senate met and passed the new version, also without debate. It was then sent to the Assembly.
The only Democrat present at the meeting, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D), attempted to stop the proceedings, stating that the committee was in violation of the state's open meeting law. According to the law, most public bodies are required to give 24 hours notice before a meeting. The two hours notice that the committee provided led Barca to declare, "Mr. Chairman, this is a violation of law! This is not just a rule — this is the law." Ignoring Barca, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) ordered the vote taken as shouts of protest rang from the galleries.
The bill has since then been given a stay by Dane County Court Judge Maryann Sumi. On May 26, 2011, Sumi struck down the legislative actions leading to the bill eliminating public employee collective bargaining on the grounds that it violated the state's Open Meetings Law. The state Departments of Justice and Department of Administration have appealed the decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 
In the wake of events surrounding the bill, both Democratic and Republican senators have been targeted by active recall campaigns. Recall sponsors filed signatures on petitions targeting 6 Republican state senators and 3 Democratic state senators. Challenges were filed in all 9 of those campaigns, and the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board approved the six campaigns against Republicans at meetings on May 23 and May 31, and approved the three campaigns against Democrats on June 8.
Budget bill, 2011
The legislative process for creating and passing the budget the state budget included protestors and a lot of national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.
The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.
Once Gov. Walker signs the budget into law, it will take effect July 1.
One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President Michael Ellis called for a vote. “I want my democracy back!” she screamed.
Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.
“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”
Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the needs of children by slashing funding for education while introducing tax breaks for businesses, and of targeting low-income residents while refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy.
“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch.
Senator Jauch talks about preserving the Great Lakes
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010
Jauch was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 25 seat in the November 2, 2010 general election. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary. He defeated Republican Dane Deutsch in the general election on November 2, 2010.  
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 25 (2010) General Election|
|Robert Jauch (D)||31,437||51.27%|
|Dane Deutsch (R)||29,854||48.69%|
|Wisconsin Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Bob Jauch (D)||8,929||99.79 %|
Robert Jauch raised $68,806 for his campaign, while Shirley Reidmann raised $32,168.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 25 (2006)|
|Robert Jauch (D)||38,721|
|Shirley Reidmann (R)||23,454|
Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Jauch includes:
- A bill regarding the disposal of electronic devices
- An amendment permitting the legislature to tax principal homesteads differently than other property 
- A bill to regulate mercury-added products
In 2008, Jauch collected $12,610 in donations. Agricultural interests were his largest donor group.
Listed below are the top two contributors to his campaign. 
|Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association||$1,000|
- Sen. Jauch's Wisconsin State Legislature website
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Campaign contributions: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
- Robert Jauch on State Surge
Jauch is married and has two children.
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Jauch
- Smoking ban press release
- Wisconsin.gov, ASSEMBLY BILL 11, accessed 17 Feb. 2011
- Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011
- Bloomberg Businessweek, Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011
- The Badger 14
- Fab 14 Facebook page
- WISN, "State Sen. Minority Leader Responds to Walker," February 22, 2010
- Christian Science Monitor, "Wisconsin governor to missing senators: Come back or I'll lay off 1,500," February 28, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana," March 3, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Senate orders arrest of missing Democrats," March 3, 2011
- My Fox Chicago, "Wisconsin GOP Slaps Missing Dems With $100 Daily Fines," March 2, 2011
- Talking Points Memo, "AWOL Wisconsin Dem Beats The System, Gets His Paycheck Mailed To Him," March 3, 2011
- New York Times, "Wisconsin Democrats Urge New Talks on Labor Bill," March 7, 2011
- CNN, "Wisconsin gov: Democratic senator's border meeting idea 'ridiculous'," March 7, 2011
- Talking Points Memo, "Wisconsin Dems Deny WSJ Report Of Imminent Return," March 6, 2011
- CNN, "E-mails: Wisconsin governor offers concessions on budget bill," March 8, 2011
- Miami-Herald, "Wisconsin Republicans bypass Democrats on union bill," March 9, 2011
- Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Senate advances collective bargaining changes; Democrats to return after Assembly vote," March 9, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Judge strikes down Walker's collective bargaining law, case moves to state Supreme Court", May 26, 2011
- Wisconsin Reporter, "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law", May 26, 2011
- "Senate OKs budget above din of protesters, "Wisconsin Reporter", June 16th, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010," July 13, 2010
- Official GAB primary results
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Official General Election 2010 Results
- Wisconsin State Election Results, 2006
- Follow the Money 2006
- Bill 107
- Assembly resolution 8
- Bill 200
- 2008 contributors to Robert Jauch
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