Steven Kestell

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Steven Kestell
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 27
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/15/1955
Place of birthLyndon, WI
Office website
Steven Kestell (b. June 15, 1955) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 27th District since 1999.

Kestell has worked as a sales manager and in retail management. Prior to his election to the Assembly he served on the Howards Grove School Board from 1981-1984 & 1986-1998.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including ADA Volunteer Firefighters, Calumet County Republican Party, Plymouth Morning Kiwanis, and Sheboygan County Family Resource Center.[1]

Kestell's answers to the Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his top priorities he replied:

"Our State must get it's budget under control. Citizens are paying all they can in taxes, but government has not done a good job setting priorities, and that has resulted in everything becoming a priority. I will continue to work to control spending and I need the help of responsible majorities in both houses.

Our budget problems will also ease if we concentrate on creating jobs while strengthening Wisconsin families. Strong, functioning families will prosper and make us all stronger. I will work to implement the strategies of the Committee on Strengthening Wisconsin Families."[2]

Committee assignments


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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Family Law, Vice Chair
State and Local Finance


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


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



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Kestell won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 27. Kestell ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and defeated Steven Bauer (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Kestell Incumbent 57.9% 18,101
     Democratic Steven H. Bauer 42% 13,148
     - Scattering 0.1% 20
Total Votes 31,269


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Kestell was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 27. Kestell defeated Independent Jack Lechler in the general election on November 2, 2010. He defeated Republican Randy Meyer in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 27 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Kestell (R) 16,879
Jack Lechler (I) 5,502
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 27 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Kestell (R) 5,315 56.04%
Randy Meyer (R) 4,164 43.91%


On November 4, 2008, Kestell won re-election to Assembly District 27, receiving 65.95% of the vote.[5]

Wisconsin Assembly District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Kestell (R) 20,704
Bob Cox (D) 10,672
Scattering 17

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • SB-60 Kiel, City of, highway improvement projects: DOT prohibited from designing or constructing roundabouts
  • SB-61 Special distinguishing registration plate expressing enthusiasm for hunting and fishing for sport and recreation; DOT and fee provisions

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, Kestell received $18,415 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Wisconsin State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steven Kestell's campaign in 2010
Wisconsin Health Care Association$500
Gentine, Louis P$500
Alliant Energy$500
Lindemann, Faye$500
Total Raised in 2010 $18,415


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

Donor Amount
Alliant Energy $500
Wisconsin Realtors Assoc $500
Northwestern Mutual Life $500
McGriff, Debbie $500
Tavern League of Wisconsin $500

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