Robin Vos

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Robin Vos
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 63
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 10
Speaker, Wisconsin State Assembly
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth07/05/1968
Place of birthBurlington, WI
Office website
Robin Vos is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He has served as Speaker of the Assembly since 2013.[1]


Vos has worked as a congressional district director, legislative assistant, and small business owner.

Vos previously served on the Racine County Board from 1994 to 2004 and on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1989 to 1991.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Assembly Organization, Chair
Employment Relations, Chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Employment Relations, Co-chair
Joint Legislative Council
Legislative Organization, Co-chair


During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vos served on these committees:


During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Vos served on these committees:


Speed limit increase

After Illinois increased it speed limit to 70 miles per hour, Vos gave support to a bill, forwarded by Assemblyman Paul Tittl (R), that would increase Wisconsin's speed limit to 70 miles per hour. Tittl noted that Wisconsin was the sole state in the Midwest that still had a 65 miles per hour speed limit, despite the recent uptick of states increasing their speed limits. However, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said that the Senate did not plan to take up the issue any time soon, and Governor Scott Walker (R) has not taken a position on the bill.[3][4][5]

Budget, 2011

The 2011 budget battle in Wisconsin was particularly unusual and contentious. Gov. Scott Walker's bill faced opposition from Democrats and citizen protestors in Madison, Wisconsin. At 3 a.m. on June 15, 2011, the Assembly passed the bill.

At one point in the process, Democrats introduced a wide-reaching amendment that would restore funding to public schools while, in part, nixing provisions for expanding the school vouchers program. When they introduced this, speakers argued that Republicans were rewarding school-voucher proponents who made campaign contributions.

“I did not take the time to look at how much (the state teachers union Wisconsin Education Association Council) gave to all of you to guarantee that you would offer amendments like this,” said Rep. Robin Vos in response.

Vos then said school districts beyond Milwaukee have problems — notably Racine, where Republicans hope to allow vouchers.

While Democrats called the budget an attack on middle-class families that includes $800 million in cuts to schools, Republicans say it is the first responsible budget in years.

“We said it’s time for government to go on a diet, and that’s exactly what we do in this budget,” Vos said.[6]

Recall reform

On August 10, Vos (R) announced his intent to draft legislation that would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to clarify the reasons for recall.[7] In a quote given to the Wisconsin Reporter, Vos said, "Losing an election does not mean you count down days until you can recall somebody," and that "despising someone should not rise to the level of a recallable offense."[8]

In his press release, Vos said, "No longer should taxpayer dollars be wasted on unnecessary recall elections that were triggered by a vote that some special interest group didn’t like. It undermines our democracy and wastes precious taxpayer dollars that are needed elsewhere."[7]

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), a business association with about 4,000 members, threw its support behind Vos' efforts. A statement on the organization's website outlined the group's position. "As we all know, uncertainty and political instability are not good for job creation. That’s why WMC will be supporting recall reform in Wisconsin."[9]

Among those opposing the idea were Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca. Barca issued the following statement in an August press release:[10]

"Floating this constitutional amendment the day after successful recall elections that held legislators accountable appears to indicate that Republicans are frightened that future actions to hold them accountable will also be successful. We must encourage and build on the amazing outpouring of public involvement in democracy that we have seen this year."

According to Article 13, section 12, the state constitution gives only these stipulations for recall:

  • Legislators must have served at least one year to be eligible for recall
  • To initiate a recall against a legislator, a recall petition needs to be signed by electors equaling at least twenty-five percent of the vote cast for the office of governor at the last preceding election, in the state, county or district which the incumbent represents

Under the constitution without the amendment, the state had no requirement for state level recall petitions to declare a reason why the targeted legislator should be recalled. A reason is currently required at the local level. Vos' amendment sought to unify the state and local requirements, thereby incorporating into state recall law a mandate requiring petitions to include a valid reason for recall.[7]

Vos's amendment passed the Assembly but did not pass the Senate. Representative Jim Steineke (R) introduced a similar amendment in 2013.[7][11]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-120 State agency expenditures, contracts, and grants: DOA required to make available on a Web site
  • AB-192 Highway construction or maintenance worker: intentionally causing bodily harm to made a felony
  • AB-225 Mandatory minimum sentences for certain child sex crimes applied only if convicted person was under age 18

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



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Vos won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 63. Vos ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Kelley Albrecht (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Vos Incumbent 58.3% 17,704
     Democratic Kelley Albrecht 41.6% 12,637
     - Scattering 0.1% 21
Total Votes 30,362


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Vos was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 63. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[13]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robin J. Vos (R) 8,155 99.84%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vos is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Vos raised a total of $2,370,583 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[14]

Robin Vos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $2,000,601
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $119,689
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $113,329
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $86,819
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 63 Won $50,145
Grand Total Raised $2,370,583


Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $200,601.


Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $119,689.


Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $113,329.


Vos won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $86,819.


Vos won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Vos raised a total of $50,145.


Vos is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Knights of Columbus, Leadership Council - National Federation of Independent Business, Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, Racine County Republican Party, Racine Zoological Society, and the Racine/Kenosha Farm Bureau.[15]


Milwaukee policing

Vos refuted Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett's request for state funding to help combat crime in Milwaukee by implying that the city's current policing strategies needed to be more effective before state funds were contributed. Saying he was still open to the city's request for $500,000, Vos stated, "There's been a dramatic decline in the number of officers who are patrolling," adding "I think those are bad decisions that have been made by the city. ...I certainly don't want to exacerbate those, but we need to have them step up first. They have created a lot of these problems with the policies that have been implemented," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In response, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn released a statement arguing that it was "obvious that Representative Vos has been intentionally misinformed." Flynn's office noted that there are fewer officer vacancies and more filled positions since Flynn arrived in 2007, and that violent crime is actually down.[16]

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