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{{Polinfobox
name                = Samantha Kerkman |
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|Name = Samantha Kerkman
political position  = Wisconsin State Assembly District 66 |
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|Profile picture = Kerkman samantha.jpg
incumbency          = Incumbent |
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|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
assumed office     = 2001 |
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|Status = Incumbent  
term ends          = 2012 |
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|Tenure = 2001 - Present
political party    = [[Republican]] |
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|Term ends = January 5, 2015
profession          = Legislator |
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|Assumed office = 2001
  website             = [http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=66  House site] |
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|Political party = Republican
}}{{tnr}}'''Samantha Kerkman''' (b. March 6, 1974) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing the 66th District since 2001. She has previously worked as a legislative aide.
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{{tnr}}'''Samantha Kerkman''' (b. March 6, 1974) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 61|District 61]]. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.  
  
Kerkman is a member of Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Powers Lake Sportsmen Club, Randall Fire Department Auxiliary, Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church, Post 544- Twin Lakes American Legion Auxiliary, Twin Lakes Chamber and Area Business Association, and Auxiliary Post 5830- Veterans of Foreign Wars.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56307 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Kerkman]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Kerkman is a member of Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Powers Lake Sportsmen Club, Randall Fire Department Auxiliary, Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church, Post 544- Twin Lakes American Legion Auxiliary, Twin Lakes Chamber and Area Business Association, and Auxiliary Post 5830- Veterans of Foreign Wars. Kerkman has previously worked as a legislative aide.<ref name=PVS>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56307 ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014]</ref>
  
On his official campaign site Kerkman lists her views on a number of issues, including:<ref>[http://www.votesamanthakerkman.com/issues.php Vote Samantha Kerkman ''Issues'']</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kerkman served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year =2013
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Chair1=Chair
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|Committee1 =Audit
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|Committee2 =Children and Families
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|Committee3 = Judiciary
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|Committee4 = Ways and Means
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|Chair4 = Vice-chair
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|Committee5 = Joint Legislative Audit
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|Joint5 = Yes
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|Chair5 = Co-chair
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}}
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===2011-2012===
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During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kerkman served on these committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year = 2011
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Audit
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|Joint1=Yes
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|Chair1=Co-Chair
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|Committee2 = Audit
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|Chair2=Chair
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|Committee3 = Financial Institutions
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|Committee4 = Judiciary and Ethics
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|Committee5 = Ways and Means
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|Chair5=Chair
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
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===2009-2010===
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During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kerkman served on these committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year = 2009
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Audit
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|Committee2 =Judiciary and Ethics
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|Committee3 =Ways and Means
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|Committee4 =Audit
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|Joint4=Yes
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|Committee5 =
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
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==Issues==
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===Sponsored legislation===
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{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" width="205"
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|{{#ev:youtube|s0S9HQG1HwM|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Rep. Kerkman speaking at a Memorial Day celebration</span>
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Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
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*AB-155 Alcohol beverages knowingly provided to 18, 19, or 20 year old on a licensed premise: penalties created if the underage person suffers great bodily harm or death
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*AB-192 Highway construction or maintenance worker: intentionally causing bodily harm to made a felony
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*AB-280 Computer used in the commission of a crime is subject to forfeiture, contraband provision removed; law enforcement agency may retain, donate, or sell it
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For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the [http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=indxauth&jd=A66 House site].
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===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
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Kerkman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
 
*Building Wisconsin‘s Economy – "We need to continue to grow our economy and help businesses have the opportunity to create jobs. I supported legislation to give local governments the tools they need to attract and retain companies in Wisconsin."
 
*Building Wisconsin‘s Economy – "We need to continue to grow our economy and help businesses have the opportunity to create jobs. I supported legislation to give local governments the tools they need to attract and retain companies in Wisconsin."
 
*Seniors – "I voted for legislation that would eliminate taxes on pension income making it more affordable to stay in Wisconsin."
 
*Seniors – "I voted for legislation that would eliminate taxes on pension income making it more affordable to stay in Wisconsin."
 
*Education – "I have made it my mission to visit the great schools in my district over the past eight years. This has given me the knowledge to fight to continue our commitment for funding K-12 education at a record level of $12.3 billion over the next two years."
 
*Education – "I have made it my mission to visit the great schools in my district over the past eight years. This has given me the knowledge to fight to continue our commitment for funding K-12 education at a record level of $12.3 billion over the next two years."
*Health Care – "I believe access to affordable health care is critical to the residents of Wisconsin. I’ve worked to ensure that eligibility and benefits for Medical Assistance, Badger-Care and SeniorCare are protected."
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*Healthcare – "I believe access to affordable health care is critical to the residents of Wisconsin. I’ve worked to ensure that eligibility and benefits for Medical Assistance, Badger-Care and SeniorCare are protected."
 
*Taxes – "I continue to work to hold the line on tax increases. I supported the continuation of the property tax freeze on local governments. Levy increases are limited to 3.86% or net new growth."
 
*Taxes – "I continue to work to hold the line on tax increases. I supported the continuation of the property tax freeze on local governments. Levy increases are limited to 3.86% or net new growth."
 
==Committee assignments==
 
* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Audit Committee]]
 
* [[Judiciary and Ethics Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Judiciary and Ethics Committee]]
 
* [[Ways and Means Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Ways and Means Committee]]
 
* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
* Special Committee on Emergency Management and Continuity of Government
 
* Special Committee on Municipal Annexation
 
* Special Committee on Continuity of Legislative Operations
 
  
==Elections==  
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==Elections==
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===2014===
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{{WI HD61 2014}}
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===2012=== 
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]'' 
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Kerkman won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly]] [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012#District 61|District 61]]. Kerkman ran unopposed in the [[Republican]] primary on August 14 and defeated District 66 incumbent [[John Steinbrink]] (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/results/2012/partisan-primary ''Government Accountability Board,'' "2012 Fall Partisan Primary, accessed May 5, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/results/2012/fall-general ''Government Accountability Board,'' "2012 Fall General Election," accessed May 5, 2014]</ref>
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{{Election box 2012
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|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly, District 61, General Election
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|party1 =Republican
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|party2 = Democratic
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|party3 =-
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|winner1 = Samantha Kerkman
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|Inc1 =Y
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|Inc2 = Y
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|candidate2 = John Steinbrink
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|candidate3 =''Scattering''
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|votes1 = 16589
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|votes2 =13186
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|votes3 =23
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}}
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===2010===
 
===2010===
  
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
  
Kerkman was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 66.  She defeated [[Democrat]] [[Steven Brown]] in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].  Kerkman was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]] primary election. <ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf Official GAB primary results]</ref>
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Kerkman was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 66.  She defeated [[Democrat]] [[Steven Brown]] in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].  Kerkman was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]], primary election.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Sponsored legislation==
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" width="205"
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|Name = Kerkman
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|Full name = Samantha Kerkman
|{{#ev:youtube|s0S9HQG1HwM|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Rep. Kerkman speaking at a Memorial Day celebration</span>
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|year = 2000
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|Editdate = June 6, 2013
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=7743 ''followthemoney.org'', "Starzyk, Samantha," accessed June 6, 2013]</ref>
Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:<ref>[ Wisconsin Legislature - Bills sponsored by Samantha Kerkman]</ref>
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|party = Republican
*AB-155 Alcohol beverages knowingly provided to 18, 19, or 20 year old on a licensed premise: penalties created if the underage person suffers great bodily harm or death
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|totalraised2012 = 58193
*AB-192 Highway construction or maintenance worker: intentionally causing bodily harm to made a felony
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|result2012 = Won
*AB-280 Computer used in the commission of a crime is subject to forfeiture, contraband provision removed; law enforcement agency may retain, donate, or sell it
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|office2012 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 61]]
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|totalraised2010 = 18344
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|result2010 = Won
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|office2010 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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|totalraised2008 = 21133
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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|totalraised2006 = 19593
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|result2006 = Won
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|office2006 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2006|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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|totalraised2004 = 19134
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|result2004 = Won
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|office2004 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2004|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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|totalraised2002 = 11050
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|result2002 = Won
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|office2002 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2002|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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|totalraised2000 = 40865
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|result2000 = Won
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|office2000 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2000|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66]]
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}}
  
For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the [http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=indxauth&jd=A66 House site].
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===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=152967
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 58,193
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|org1 = Republican Party of Kenosha County
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|org2 = Yule, Sally
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|org3 = Hardt, William A
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|org4 = Geason, Robert A
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|org5 = Wisconsin Bankers Association
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|orgamount1 = 2200
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|orgamount2 = 1000
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|orgamount3 = 1000
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|orgamount4 = 684
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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===2010===
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131672
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 18,344
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|org1 = Swoboda, Robert J
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|org2 = American Family Insurance
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|org3 = Racine County Republican Party
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|org4 = Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association
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|org5 = Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists
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|orgamount1 = 500
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110177
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 21,133
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|org1 = Wisconsin Institute of Cpas
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|org2 = Mangold Sr, James
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|org3 = Wisconsin Realtors Association
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|org4 = Republican Party of Kenosha County
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|org5 = Mangold, Barbara
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|orgamount1 = 500
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
The top 5 donors to Kerkman's 2008 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110177 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions]</ref>{{legislative donor box}}
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===2006===
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{{SLP donor box 2006
| WI Builders Assoc
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|name = Kerkman  
| align="right" | $500
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87538
| Metropolitan Milwaukee Assoc of Commerce
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
| align="right" | $500
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
| John Deere & Co
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|total raised = 19,593
| align="right" | $500  
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|org1 = Wisconsin Hospital Association
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|org2 = Sonnenburg, Robert
| Republican Party of Kenosha County
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|org3 = Wisconsin Institute of Cpas
| align="right" | $500  
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|org4 = John Deere & Co
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|org5 = Luken, Thomas
| Northwestern Mutual Life
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|orgamount1 = 500
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
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===2004===
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{{SLP donor box 2004
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68240
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 19,134
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|org1 = Tavern League of Wisconsin
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|org2 = Heilgest, Gisela
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|org3 = Citizens for Bonnie Ladwig
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|org4 = Knuteson for Senate
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|org5 = Wisconsin Bankers Association
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|orgamount1 = 500
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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===2002===
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{{SLP donor box 2002
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=8469
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 11,050
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|org1 = Bonifas, Robert
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|org2 = Heigest, Gisela
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|org3 = Gardiner, Susanne
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|org4 = Hinterberg, Charles
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|org5 = Jones, W Allan
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|orgamount1 = 600
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 450
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|orgamount4 = 400
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|orgamount5 = 300
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|}}
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===2000===
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{{SLP donor box 2000
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|name = Kerkman
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|full Name = Samantha Kerkman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58865
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 40,865
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|org1 = Suder, Scott E
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|org2 = Fraley, Brian
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|org3 = Wisconsin Medical Society
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|org4 = Staryzk, Mark
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|org5 = Wisconsin Credit Union League
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|orgamount1 = 600
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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==Recent news==
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{{submit a bio}}
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "'''Samantha + Kerkman + Wisconsin + Assembly'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Samantha+Kerkman+Wisconsin+Assembly&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Samantha Kerkman News Feed}}
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==See also==
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*[[Wisconsin State Legislature]]
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*[[Wisconsin State Assembly]]
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*[[Wisconsin State Assembly#Assembly standing committees |Wisconsin State Assembly Committees]]
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*[[Wisconsin State Legislature#Joint legislative committees|Wisconsin Joint Committees]]
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*[[Wisconsin state legislative districts]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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*[http://www.votesamanthakerkman.com Representative Kerkman's campaign]
 
*[http://www.votesamanthakerkman.com Representative Kerkman's campaign]
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm66/news/ Representative Kerkman's website]
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*[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/kerkman/Pages/default.aspx Representative Kerkman's website]
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=66 Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Samantha Kerkman]  
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*[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/leg-info.aspx?d=61 Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Samantha Kerkman]
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56307 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
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* [http://openstates.org/wi/legislators/WIL000380/samantha-kerkman/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=56307 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56307 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110177 2008]  
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=56307 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=152967 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131672 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110177 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87538 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68240 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=8469 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58865 2000]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103849.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103849.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/75934/wisconsin-%28wi%29-state-assembly-member-samantha-kerkman-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Representative Kerkman's Freedom Speaks profile]
 
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/samanthakerkman?ref=ts Representative Kerkman's facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/samanthakerkman?ref=ts Representative Kerkman's facebook]
 
*[http://twitter.com/samanthakerkman Representative Kerkman's twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/samanthakerkman Representative Kerkman's twitter]
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Revision as of 14:39, 5 June 2014

Samantha Kerkman
Kerkman samantha.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1996
Personal
Birthday03/06/1974
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Samantha Kerkman (b. March 6, 1974) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 61. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Kerkman is a member of Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Powers Lake Sportsmen Club, Randall Fire Department Auxiliary, Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church, Post 544- Twin Lakes American Legion Auxiliary, Twin Lakes Chamber and Area Business Association, and Auxiliary Post 5830- Veterans of Foreign Wars. Kerkman has previously worked as a legislative aide.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Audit, Chair
Children and Families
Judiciary
Ways and Means, Vice-chair
Joint Legislative Audit, Co-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues


Rep. Kerkman speaking at a Memorial Day celebration

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-155 Alcohol beverages knowingly provided to 18, 19, or 20 year old on a licensed premise: penalties created if the underage person suffers great bodily harm or death
  • AB-192 Highway construction or maintenance worker: intentionally causing bodily harm to made a felony
  • AB-280 Computer used in the commission of a crime is subject to forfeiture, contraband provision removed; law enforcement agency may retain, donate, or sell it

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

Campaign themes

2012

Kerkman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Building Wisconsin‘s Economy – "We need to continue to grow our economy and help businesses have the opportunity to create jobs. I supported legislation to give local governments the tools they need to attract and retain companies in Wisconsin."
  • Seniors – "I voted for legislation that would eliminate taxes on pension income making it more affordable to stay in Wisconsin."
  • Education – "I have made it my mission to visit the great schools in my district over the past eight years. This has given me the knowledge to fight to continue our commitment for funding K-12 education at a record level of $12.3 billion over the next two years."
  • Healthcare – "I believe access to affordable health care is critical to the residents of Wisconsin. I’ve worked to ensure that eligibility and benefits for Medical Assistance, Badger-Care and SeniorCare are protected."
  • Taxes – "I continue to work to hold the line on tax increases. I supported the continuation of the property tax freeze on local governments. Levy increases are limited to 3.86% or net new growth."

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Samantha Kerkman was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kerkman was unopposed in the general election,[2][3] and was re-elected for another term.[4]


2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kerkman won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 61. Kerkman ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated District 66 incumbent John Steinbrink (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamantha Kerkman Incumbent 55.7% 16,589
     Democratic John Steinbrink Incumbent 44.3% 13,186
     - Scattering 0.1% 23
Total Votes 29,798

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kerkman was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 66. She defeated Democrat Steven Brown in the general election on November 2, 2010. Kerkman was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election.[7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Samantha Kerkman (R) 14,502
Steven Brown (D) 6,284
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Samantha Kerkman (R) 5,203 99.48%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kerkman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kerkman raised a total of $188,312 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 6, 2013.[8]

Samantha Kerkman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 61 Won $58,193
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $18,344
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $21,133
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $19,593
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $19,134
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $11,050
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 66 Won $40,865
Grand Total Raised $188,312

2012

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $58,193.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Samantha Kerkman's campaign in 2012
Republican Party of Kenosha County$2,200
Yule, Sally$1,000
Hardt, William A$1,000
Geason, Robert A$684
Wisconsin Bankers Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$58,193
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $18,344.

2008

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $21,133.

2006

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $19,593.

2004

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $19,134.

2002

Kerkman won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $11,050.

2000

Kerkman won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Kerkman raised a total of $40,865.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Turner (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 66
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Cory Mason (D)