Samantha Kerkman

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Samantha Kerkman
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 14
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1996
Date of birth03/06/1974
Place of birthBurlington, WI
Office website
Samantha Kerkman (b. March 6, 1974) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 61 since 2013. She represented the 66th District from 2001 to 2013. She has previously worked as a legislative aide.

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.[1]

On her official campaign site Kerkman lists her views on a number of issues, including:[2]

  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Audit, Chair
Children and Families
Ways and Means, Vice-chair


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


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



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.[3]

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


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. [4]

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%

Rep. Kerkman speaking at a Memorial Day celebration

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:[5]

  • 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 donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Kerkman received $18,344 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


The top 5 donors to Kerkman's 2008 campaign:[7]

Donor Amount
WI Builders Assoc $500
Metropolitan Milwaukee Assoc of Commerce $500
John Deere & Co $500
Republican Party of Kenosha County $500
Northwestern Mutual Life $500

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