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Sandy Pasch
Pasch sandy.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 10
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 6
Assistant Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Assembly
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBay View High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
Master'sBioethics Medical College of Wisconsin, 1999 and University of Rochester, 1981
Date of birth05/19/1954
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Sandy Pasch (b. May 19, 1954 in Milwaukee, WI) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Pasch, who has served as State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader since 2013, is not running for re-election in 2014.[1],[2]


Pasch attended Bay View High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. She earned a master's degree in the University of Rochester in 1981 and earned a second master's degree in Bioethics Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999.

Pasch has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Professor at the Columbia College of Nursing, and a Community Health Nurse.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Assembly Organization
Family Law
Mental Health, Vice-chair
Urban Education
Joint Legislative Council
Legislative Organization


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


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


An introduction to Rep. Pasch

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-57 Mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where she is authorized to be; penalty provision
  • AB-161 Dog damage claim re injured or killed farm animal, dog, or cat: deadline for filing revised; dog damage reimbursement fund required
  • AB-333 News persons: limiting disclosure of information gathered by
  • AB-341 Cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device: person under age 18 operating a motor vehicle with an instruction permit or probationary license prohibited from using; forfeiture provision

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

Campaign themes


Pasch's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Affordable Healthcare- "Healthcare costs, quality, and availability must be addressed so that we can maintain healthy communities whose residents are vibrant contributors to society."
  • Quality Education - "I believe that education is the key to a thriving community. Well-educated children grow up to be responsible adults and community leaders."
  • Fiscal Responsibility - "Like you, my husband and I are taxpayers and want to see our tax dollars used prudently and for the common good."
  • Environmental Stewardship - "We are fortunate to have Lake Michigan, one of the world’s greatest resources, at our doorstep. Protecting this resource and others like it is of paramount importance to our quality of life, as well as to the quality of life we will leave to our children and grandchildren."



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Pasch won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 10. Pasch defeated Millie Coby, and Ieshuh Griffin in the Democratic primary on August 14 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Pasch Incumbent 98.7% 20,038
     Scattering 1.3% 261
Total Votes 20,299
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Pasch Incumbent 60.7% 3,684
Millie Coby 32.5% 1,974
Ieshuh Griffin 3.6% 216
Harriet Callier 3.2% 193
Total Votes 6,067

2011 recall

Seal of Wisconsin.svg.png
2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

Other Recall Information
Recalls by YearRecall Law in WisconsinRecall laws in other statesRecalls in Wisconsin2011 Scott Walker Budget Repair BillProtests over Budget Repair BillWisconsin Government Accountability BoardRecall timelineElection Results
See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Alberta Darling recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Pasch filed papers on May 5 to run against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling in a recall election.[6] About 30,000 signatures were filed against Darling on April 21, seeking her recall.

Pasch said the voters would have a clear choice in the election, stating, "We'll have a very clear difference on what we stand for. Sandy stood very much with Governor (Jim) Doyle on all of his tax increases and the spending that created the $3.6 billion deficit. That will be contrasted with my record of working to get our spending under control so we can grow jobs and the economy."[7]

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officially certified the recall election on June 3, setting the election for July 12.

Gladys Huber, a longtime Republican supporter, ran as a "protest" Democrat in the race, leading to a primary against Pasch. Pasch said, "It's a little appalling to me that they are running a fake Democrat."[8]

Nicholas Brehm had filed to run as a "placeholder" Democrat. Following the news that all six "fake" Democrats had turned in their final paperwork to get on the ballot to the GAB, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that it would not be running their placeholder candidates in the recalls as they are no longer necessary. Party Chair Mike Tate explained, "The goal of the placeholder candidacies was to create an insurance policy against further Republican attempts to exploit the recall election schedule through dirty tricks and cynical plots."[9]

All three had filed nomination papers with a sufficient number of verified signatures.

July 12 Democratic Primary

Pasch easily defeated Huber in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[10]
Candidates Votes Percent
Sandy Pasch Approveda 21,657 64.13%
Gladys Huber 11,865 35.14%
Scattering 246 0.73%
  • Nicholas Brehm Note: Brehm filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.

August 9 recall

Pasch narrowly lost to Darling in the recall.

August 9 Recall - District 8[11]
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Alberta Darling (R) 39,449 53.62%
Sandy Pasch (D) 34,071 46.31%
Scattering 56 .08%


Following the passage of the new state budget, Alberta Darling spent June 18 talking to constituents, while Pasch was going door-to-door asking for support and reminding voters that there would be two elections.[12] Gladys Huber, the “protest candidate,” had a Darling sign in her front yard and was not out campaigning.[13]

The campaign between Darling and Pasch heated up in mid-June when Pasch issued a press release stating that Darling voted to increase spending by over $1 billion in the new state budget. Pasch stated, "This budget makes a mockery of Senator Darling's claims of fiscal responsibility. Voters in our district would be stunned to learn that all the while Senator Darling is talking about getting the budget under control, she actually voted to add more than $1 billion in additional spending.”[14]

PolitiFact gave Pasch’s claim a “Mostly True” rating, noting that the figure was accurate, but that there were other ways to look at the numbers.[15]


Following her victory in the July 12 Democratic primary, Pasch issued a press release saying "the Darling campaign has finally admitted to avoiding debates" with her after Darling turned down requests from Disability Rights Wisconsin and Advocates for Education.

Pasch stated, "We are still waiting on Darling to confirm a date for additional reputable hosts, but have been given no sign of good intent. It is time for my opponent to emerge from the shadows and join me in a debate on the issues."[16]

Pasch announced on July 20 that she accepted debate invitations from six organization, but Darling had only accepted one, which was not a true debate. Calling out her opponent, Pasch said, "it appears Senator Darling is doing everything she can to avoid talking about her support for historic cuts to education and women's healthcare to pay for tax breaks for big corporations and special interests."[17]

The "debate" agreed to by Darling was put on by the Milwaukee Press Club and took place on two separate days, with Pasch answering questions from journalists and the audience on August 1, and Darling facing the same panel August 2. A statement from the Press Club explained the format, saying they "attempted to present a debate between the two candidates at one setting. Pasch accepted the debate proposal. Darling declined. Thus, the candidates will be presented as Newsmakers on consecutive days."[18]

On July 24, Darling and Pasch met face-to-face on the TV show "UpFront with Mike Gousha."[19] By all accounts the debate was a contentious one, with Darling refusing to acknowledge Pasch and both candidates continually interrupting one another.[20]

The debate touched on collective bargaining, jobs, education, redistricting, and bipartisanship. Darling defended her record and Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan, saying Republicans followed the will of the voters and simply did what they said they would do - “We didn’t raise taxes. We did the hard job, we made cuts. It was difficult but we held up our part." Pasch responded that Republicans “have stopped listening to half of the people in the state of Wisconsin.”[20] One issue they did agree on was the need for bipartisanship, but neither offered concrete ideas for achieving it.[21]

While neither candidate readily claimed victory in the debate, the state Democratic Party issued a press release attacking Darling for calling herself “pro-education” during the show. Party Chairman Mike Tate stated, "In Sen. Darling's world, up is down, left is right, black is white, and slashing education to the bone makes you a pro-education candidate."[22]

Verified complaint

The state Republican Party filed a verified complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on August 1 against Pasch, asking for an investigation into possible illegal collusion between Pasch’s campaign and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a left-leaning organization "committed to achieving social, economic, and environmental justice."[23]

Pasch is a member of the board of directors of Citizen Action, while her campaign treasurer Jackie Boynton also serves as treasurer for the organization.[24]

In a press release, Stephan Thompson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said, "In recent weeks, Citizen Action has taken an unusual interest in attacking Alberta Darling, with nearly identical messaging as the Pasch campaign. We feel that it is only prudent to ensure that these circumstances are uncanny coincidences, not the result of illegal activity on the part of the Pasch campaign."[25]

Andrew Davis, campaign manager for Alberta Darling stated, "As we have seen throughout the campaign from Sandy Pasch, she has little regard for right and wrong. Coordinating with third party groups is a very serious matter and the Darling campaign hopes that the Government Accountability Board looks into this immediately."[26]

Pasch campaign spokeswoman Gillian Morris said there was no coordination, calling the complaint "a laughable attempt to attack her because they're running scared and they're seeing the writing on the wall." Robert Kraig, executive director for Citizen Action said the actions were completely unfounded.[27]


Conducted July 21-24

August 9, 2011 Recall - District 8 - Daily Kos/PPP Poll
Candidate Party Percent
Alberta Darling Ends.png Republican 52%
Sandy Pasch Electiondot.png Democratic 47%
Undecided 1%

Ads relating to the campaign

Campaign contributions

Sandy Pasch Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0104577)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
Special Pre-Election[28] August 1, 2011 $216,438.71 $190,903.08 $(343,399.07) $63,942.72
July Continuing[29] July 5, 2011 $0.00 $431,301.81 $(214,863.10) $216,438.71
Official reports


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Pasch was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 22. Pasch defeated Republican Paul Pederson in the general election was on November 2, 2010. She was unopposed in the September 14, 2010, primary election.[30]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Pasch (D) 16,782
Paul Pedersen (R) 10,094
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Pasch (D) 3,956 99.72%


On November 4, 2008, Pasch won re-election to Assembly District 22, receiving 67.06% of the vote.[31]

Wisconsin Assembly District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Pasch (D) 21,938
Yash Wadhwa (R) 10,720
Scattering 58

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pasch is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Pasch raised a total of $629,637 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[32]

Sandy Pasch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 10 Won $31,502
2011 Wisconsin State Senate, District 8 Defeated $453,801
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Won $42,998
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Won $101,336
Grand Total Raised $629,637


Pasch won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Pasch raised a total of $31,502.


Pasch lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Pasch raised a total of $453,801.


Pasch won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Pasch raised a total of $42,998.


Pasch won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Pasch raised a total of $101,336.


Pasch is married with three children.[33] She is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Public Health Association, Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Wisconsin Nurses Association.[34]

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  1. Wisconsin State Legislature, "2013 Assembly Resolution 1," January 7, 2013
  2. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Carpetbagging is all the buzz for the 10th Assembly District", June 10, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 5, 2014
  4. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall Partisan Primary, accessed May 5, 2014
  5. Government Accountability Board, "2012 Fall General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Recall beat gets hot; anti-Darling group files signatures," April 21, 2011
  7. Patch, "UPDATE: Pasch to Take on Darling in Recall Election," May 5, 2011
  8. WISN, "'Fake Democrat' Enters Wisconsin Recall Race," June 9, 2011
  9. WisPolitics, "WisDems: Dems to end placeholder candidacies in recall elections," June 17, 2011
  10. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "July 12 Primary Election Results District 8," accessed August 11, 2011
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 8 Recall Election Results," accessed August 19, 2011
  12. FOX6 NOW, “Candidates in State Senate District #8 recall election hit the streets,” June 19, 2011
  13. WISN, “Candidates Knock On Doors Ahead of Recall Elections,” June 18, 2011
  14. Sandy Pasch for State Senate, “Darling Votes to Increase Spending by More Than $1 Billion.” June 14, 2011
  15. PolitiFact, “Wisconsin Rep. Sandy Pasch says Sen. Alberta Darling voted to add $1 billion in spending while cutting education and health care,” June 20. 2011
  16. WisPolitics, "Sandy Pasch: Darling ducks debates," July 13, 2011
  17. WisPolitics, “Pasch Campaign: Darling continues to duck debate,” July 20, 2011
  18. WisBusiness, “Milwaukee Press Club: Newsmaker Luncheons to feature Darling and Pasch,” July 21, 2011
  19. WISN, “Lawmakers Discuss ‘Toxic’ Atmosphere At Capitol,” July 23, 2011
  20. 20.0 20.1 Whitefish Bay Patch, ”Pasch, Darling’s First Debate a Heated One,” July 24, 2011
  21. WisPolitics, “WisPolitics: Darling, Pasch spar in first joint appearance of 8th SD recall campaign,” July 25, 2011
  22. WisPolitics, “WisDems: Latest Darling shocker -- ‘I’m a pro-education candidate (?!?!)’,” July 25, 2011
  23. Citizen Action of Wisconsin Facebook page, "Info," accessed August 1, 2011
  24. Citizen Action, "Citizen Action of Wisconsin Board of Directors," accessed August 1, 2011
  25. WisPolitics, "WisGOP:Asks for investigation into Pasch’s Citizen Action connection." August 1, 2011
  26. WisPolitics, "Darling Campaign:Sandy Pasch must come clean on coordination," August 1, 2011
  27. Fox Point-Bayside Patch, "GOP Files Complaint over Possible Collusion Between Pasch, Outside Group," August 1, 2011
  28. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Sandy Pasch for Senate," August 1, 2011
  29. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: STATE OF WISCONSIN: GAB-2: Sandy Pasch for Senate," July 5, 2011
  30. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  31. Wisconsin State Elections Board, "Results of Fall General Election-11/04/2008," accessed May 6, 2014
  32. followthemoney.org, "Pasch, Sandy," accessed June 5, 2013
  33. Project Vote Smart, "Sandy Pasch Biography," accessed August 10, 2012
  34. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblywoman Pasch," accessed May 6, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Coggs (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
Succeeded by
Don Pridemore (R)