Robin Vos

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Robin Vos
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 63
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 3, 2013
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Assembly website
Robin Vos is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 63rd District since 2005. He previously served on the Racine County Board from 1994-2004 and on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1989-1991.

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

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.[1]

Issue positions

Vos did not provide answers to the 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vos has been appointed to these committees:


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


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.[3]

Recall reform, 2011

On August 10, Vos (R) announced his intent to draft legislation that would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to clarify the reasons for recall. [4] 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." [5]

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." [4]

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), a business association with about 4,000 members, has recently thrown 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." [6]

Among those opposing the idea is Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca. Barca issued the following statement in an August press release:[7]

"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

Presently, there is 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 would seek to unify the state and local requirements, thereby incorporating into state recall law a mandate requiring petitions to include a valid reason for recall. [4]

Vos is scheduled to introduce the constitutional amendment during the fall legislative session. It is intended to be the first piece of bi-partisan legislation introduced this September. [4] In order to become law, a Constitutional amendment must pass two sessions of the Legislature and be approved in a statewide referendum.



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.[8]

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

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.

Campaign donors

The top 5 donors to Vos' 2008 campaign:[9]

  • 1. Racine County Republican Party $1,000
  • 2. McKillip, Kevin $750
  • 3. Fait, Robert $625
  • 4. Runzheimer, Rex $500
  • 5. Mitchell, George $500

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