Sheldon Wasserman

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Sheldon Wasserman, M.D.
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
Former officeholder
In office
1995 - 2008
M.D.Medical College of Wisconsin
Sheldon A. Wasserman, M.D. (born August 5, 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a Wisconsin politician. Wasserman is a former Representative for Wisconsin's 22nd Assembly District serving from 1995 to 2008. The former State Representative is considered to be a candidate for Milwaukee County Executive in 2011. He is a Democrat.

He earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1987. He is married and has three children.

Early life and career

Political career

Wasserman was first elected in 1994 to the State Assembly representing the 22nd District that comprises of Whitefish Bay, Glendale, River Hills, Fox Point, Shorewood, and the Northern wards of the City of Milwaukee.

During his career in the Assembly, Wasserman was looked up to by members in both parties on the issue of health care and crafting health care legislation. Wasserman has also served on the Health, Public Health, Medicaid Reform, and Corrections and the Courts committees in the Assembly[1].

Wasserman decided not to run for the Assembly in 2008 and challenged incumbent State Senator Alberta Darling. After an intense campaign, Wasserman was defeated by Darling by a close margin[2].


In his legislative career since 1994, Wasserman has authored these major bills in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Despite he was first elected in 1994, Wasserman did not introduce a single piece of legislation until 1997.


LRB-3051 - Eliminating Budget-Related "Pay for Play" Campaign Contributions Would prohibit members of the Joint Committee on Finance and members of any budget conference committee from accepting political contributions from the first Monday of January until the date they pass the biennial budget bill. This would help restore the public's confidence that the legislators responsible for amending the Governor's biennial budget bill are not being influenced by campaign contributions.

AB-1 - Expanding DNA Sampling During Criminal Investigations Would require every individual charged with a felony in Wisconsin to provide a DNA sample for analysis. It is estimated that the law requiring all convicted felons in Wisconsin to provide a DNA sample has led to the identification of suspects in over 720 criminal investigations. Passing this legislation will allow law enforcement to identify even more perpetrators and will help protect the public.

AB-2 - Increasing Safety Standards for Senior Drivers Wisconsin's oldest drivers have a higher accident rate per miles driven than nearly every other age group except for teenagers, and seniors have a higher fatality rate per miles driven than all other age groups, including teenagers. Wisconsin is among just a handful of states with an 8-year or longer drivers license renewal cycle. Under the bill, the license renewal period would be kept at 8 years, but drivers between ages 75 and 84 would come in every 3 years for a free vision test or submit the results from a doctor's exam. Those age 85 and over would come in every 2 years for a free vision test and written knowledge test. Introduced in 2005 as AB 43 and in 2003 as AB 575.

AB-23 - Eliminating Sick Leave Perk for State Legislators Would eliminate legislators' ability to accumulate unused sick leave from year to year. It makes no sense for legislators to get "sick days," as their pay is not reduced if they miss work due to an illness. Accumulating sick leave for conversion to pay for health insurance after retirement is a perk unavailable to most citizens of the state. Ending this practice will help restore the public's trust in their elected officials.

AB-53 - Removing Liability for Statements of Condolence made by Health Care Providers Would make statements of apology or condolence by a health care provider inadmissible as evidence of liability or as admission of guilt in court proceedings. Unfortunately, many health care professionals are reluctant to offer any expression of condolence or sympathy to a patient or patient's relative, for fear that the statement could be used against them in a legal proceeding. In many cases, employers prohibit employees from offering any type of apology or expression of condolence. This leads to a deterioration in doctor patient relationships and an increase in the practice of defensive medicine.

AB-398 - Eliminating Excess Private-School Transportation Pay Outs Local school boards in Wisconsin are required to provide transportation for students to and from school, including those attending private schools. When a parent transports a child to a private school, they are reimbursed for each child, even when there are multiple siblings driven in the same vehicle to the same school. This bill would change this reimbursement to make it "one family, one school, one check." If a family has more than one child attending the same school, they would receive one reimbursement check. Estimates indicate that this bill will help school districts across the state save millions of dollars annually.

AB-438 - Streamlining State Government Would create a legislative task force charged with developing a plan to reduce the number of counties in this state from 72 to 18 or less. One of the reasons taxes are too high in Wisconsin is because we have too much government. We can reduce the tax burden by consolidating county governments. Introduced in 2005 as AB 902.


AB 33/ACT 485 - Requiring Families to be Informed of Psychiatric Patient's Location Requires inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities to inform family members, including adult siblings, if their loved one is in the facility and requires the facility to let those family members know where the patient was transferred to, if known. It is very frustrating and worrisome for a family not to know whether their loved one is in another facility, in a home or on the street. The law protects patients' privacy and safety by allowing facilities to withhold information if they have reasonable cause to believe that disclosure would put the patient in danger.

AJR-96 - Downsizing State Legislature Would transform our bicameral legislature into a unicameral, non-partisan body. Downsizing the legislature from 132 to 75 and making it non-partisan would save taxpayers and allow members to take a stand on issues instead of following partisan leaders whose main objective is staying in power. Introduced in 2003 as AJR 5, in 1999 as AJR 91, in 1997 as AJR 46 and in 1995 as AJR 56


AJR-4 - Eliminating Ceremonial State Office Would eliminate the office of the Lieutenant Governor. In Wisconsin the position of Lieutenant Governor is largely ceremonial, with no statutory duties other than serving as Acting Governor if the Governor is incapable of performing the duties of the office. Introduced in 2001 as AJR 52, in 1999 as AJR 90, in 1997 as AJR 47 and in 1995 as AJR 57.

AB-556/ACT 191 - Eliminating At-or-Below-Value Ticket Resale Penalties Prevents local governments from enacting or enforcing anti-scalping ordinances when the tickets are sold at or below the face value. Individuals should not be penalized for selling a couple of tickets at or below face value when brokers are free to sell tickets at whatever price the market will bear.


AB 291 - Eliminating Statute of Limitation for Rapists When DNA Match is Found Would allow the prosecution of rapists if authorities find a DNA match after the normal statute of limitations expires. Introduced in 1999 as AB-497


AB-157/ACT 74 - Protecting Genetic Privacy Prohibits insurance companies from acquiring genetic tests results from an individual's health care provider. As more and more people choose to have genetic testing, there is a danger that such test results could be used to deny or terminate insurance coverage. This law protects people from discrimination based on their genetic makeup.

Past and current endorsements

Sheldon Wasserman has been endorsed for this election and past by NARAL Pro Choice Wisconsin, and also by the Wisconsin Medical Society in past elections. Also, Wasserman has received a lifetime rating of 83 from the Wisconsin Leauge of Conservation voters[3].

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