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Scott Fitzgerald
Scott Fitz.jpg
Wisconsin State Senate District 13
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
2011 - July 17, 2012, 2013-present
Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
July 17, 2012 – 2013
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHustisford High School, 1981
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 1985
Personal
Birthday11/16/1963
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Scott L. Fitzgerald (b. November 16, 1963) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He has represented District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. He has served as Senate Majority Leader from 2011 to July 2012 and since 2013. He served as Senate Minority Leader from July 17, 2012 to 2013.[1][2]

Biography

Fitzgerald graduated from Hustisford High School in 1981 and earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1985.

Fitzgerald worked in the newspaper business for nearly ten years. Fitzgerald purchased and ran the Dodge County Independent News, Juneau, WI, in 1990 and sold it in 1996 to the Watertown Daily Times, where he was retained as an associate publisher for a number of years.

Fitzgerald joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1981 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Armor Branch in 1985. In his 23 years of service, he served as a company commander and Brigade Operations Officer (S3). Now a lieutenant colonel, he completed the Command and General Staff College and is now serving as the Public Affairs Officer of the 84th AARTC.

Fitzgerald's father, Stephen Fitzgerald, was Sheriff of Dodge County for 14 years and now serves as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin. His brother, Jeff, is an Assembly Representative from Dodge County.[3]

Fitzgerald won a recall election on June 5, 2012.[4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Senate Organization, Chair
Employment Relations
Joint Legislative Council
Legislative Organization

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fitzgerald served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fitzgerald served on the following committees:

Issues

Voter ID

In the summer of 2011, Wisconsin voters faced unique slate of recall elections that provided voters with a test run of new photo identification requirements. This new law was the result of a mid-May vote in the Senate and Gov. Scott Walker's signature.

The Government Accountability Board (GAB), the state’s elections agency, began preparing to train local clerks and poll workers before the Senate vote.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the agency could try a “soft implementation” of voter ID during recall elections for nine Wisconsin state senators, slated for July 12 or August 9, if a primary is required. Recall voters will be asked, but not required, to provide ID and will receive literature explaining the new requirements.

“We’ve begun the planning process for implementation, but at this point I think it’s too early to say that we’ll have it done by a certain day,” Magney said.

The State Assembly passed the voter ID proposal, AB 7, by a mostly party-line vote of 60 to 35, with all Republicans and a few Democrats in support.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the proposal will protect the integrity of elections.

“I think that there’s enough isolated incidents over the years that anyone who casts a vote has to have the full faith in the idea that their vote counts and it’s not going to be canceled out by some other person in another part of the state involved in some shenanigans,” he said.[5]

Collective bargaining

Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi ruled in May 2011 that lawmakers violated Wisconsin's open meetings law by passing the collective bargaining legislation in spring 2011, and therefore, the bill is null and void. Gov. Scott Walker had signed the bill into law, but the ruling overrules it.

"It is not the court's duty to determine whether 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 is good public policy or bad public policy; that is the business of the legislature," according to the ruling. "It is this court's responsibility, however, to apply the rule of law to the facts before it."

Sumi ruled that lawmakers failed to give enough notice for the Joint Committee on Conference meeting held March 9, 2011, during which lawmakers settled on the final version of the collective bargaining bill. The bill requires most public union employees to contribute more to their health care and pension plans and limits their collective-bargaining powers to salary negotiations.

Legislative leaders subsequently pledged to pass the legislation again as part of the biennial budget — and they counted on the state Supreme Court to make the ultimate decision in this case.

“There’s still a much larger separation-of-powers issue: whether one Madison judge can stand in the way of the other two democratically elected branches of government," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald in a statement. "The Supreme Court is going to have the ultimate ruling, and they’re still scheduled to hear the issue on June 6."[6]

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Fitzgerald includes:[7][8]

  • A bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption[9]
  • A bill excluding gains from a Wisconsin business from income tax[10]
  • A bill urging Congress not to enact the Employee Free Choice Act regarding unions[11]

Campaign themes

2012

Fitzgerald's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[12]:

  • Pro-life
  • Supports cutting taxes and freezing property taxes
  • Supports reduced state spending
  • Health care reform "using free market ideas and consumer choice"
  • Against homosexual marriages
  • Veteran's rights

Elections

2012 recall

See also: Scott Fitzgerald recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2012)

Fitzgerald defeated Lori Compas and Terry Virgil (L) in a recall election on June 5, 2012. He was unopposed in the May 8 primary.[13]

Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Scott Fitzgerald, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Fitzgerald Incumbent 58.3% 47,146
     Democratic Lori Compas 40.7% 32,909
     Libertarian Terry Virgil 0.9% 763
     - Scattering 0% 33
Total Votes 80,851
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


An effort to recall Fitzgerald was launched on November 15, 2011.[14] Supporters submitted 20,600 signatures on January 17, 2012. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board voted unanimously on March 12 to order the recall, determining that at least 18,282 of the signatures were valid.[15]

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Fitzgerald was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate District 13. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010,primary. He defeated Democrat Dwayne Block in the general election on November 2, 2010.[16] [17][18]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Fitzgerald (R) 44.529 67.61%
Vittorio Spadaro (I) 2,071 3.14%


Wisconsin Senate, District 13 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Fitzgerald (R) 21,068 99.6%

Two days after the general election, Fitzgerald was elected Majority Leader of the Wisconsin State Senate by his Republican peers on November 4, 2010.[19]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Scott Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 13. He ran unopposed.[20]

Scott Fitzgerald raised $142,016 for his campaign.[21]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Fitzgerald 47,351

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fitzgerald is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Fitzgerald raised a total of $1,352,203 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[22]

Scott Fitzgerald's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Won $671,780
2010 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Won $203,268
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $161,303
2006 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Won $142,016
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $21,761
2002 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Won $20,857
2000 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $20,990
1998 Wisconsin State Senate, District 13 Won $110,228
Grand Total Raised $1,352,203

2012

Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $671,780.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Fitzgerald's campaign in 2012
Fabick, Jere C$15,000
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce$10,000
Alexander, Joe$5,000
McKeithan Jr, Daniel$5,000
Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$671,780
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $203,268.

2008

Fitzgerald was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $161,303.

2006

Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $142,016.

2004

Fitzgerald was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $21,761.

2002

Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $20,857.

2000

Fitzgerald was not up for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $20,990.

1998

Fitzgerald won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Fitzgerald raised a total of $110,228.

Personal

Fitzgerald and his wife, Lisa, have three children.[2]

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References

  1. Wisconsin Radio Network, "Senate leadership transferred to Democrats," July 17, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart - Senator Fitzgerald
  3. http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Scott_Fitzgerald&action=edit
  4. Associated Press/C-SPAN, "Campaign 2012 - Wisconsin Election Results," June 5, 2012
  5. "Wisconsin elections board: ‘11 will be test for voter ID," Wisconsin Reporter on Statehouse News Online, May 16, 2011
  6. "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law," Wisconsin Reporter, May 26, 2011
  7. Legislation
  8. Legislation from State Surge
  9. Bill 142
  10. Bill 28 on State Surge
  11. Resolution 30 on State Surge
  12. Issues
  13. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Democrats easily win Senate primaries," May 9, 2012
  14. FOX 6 Now, "Recall paperwork filed Tuesday for four senators, including Van Wanggaard," November 15, 2011
  15. The Journal Times, "Wis. board orders recalls against 4 GOP senators," March 12, 2012
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office, 2010," July 13, 2010
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  19. Chicago Tribune "Fitzgerald, Ellis elected to leadership positions," November 4, 2010
  20. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  21. Follow the Money 2006
  22. followthemoney.org, "Fitzgerald, Scott," accessed May 31, 2013
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