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Jeff FitzGerald

Jeff Fitzgerald
99th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Michael J. Sheridan
Succeeded by Robin Vos
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 39th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Robert Goetsch
Succeeded by Mark Born
Personal details
Born (1966-10-12) October 12, 1966
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Andrea Fitzgerald
Children 2
Residence Horicon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Occupation Politician, businessman

Jeff Fitzgerald (born October 12, 1966) is an American politician. He was a Republican Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 39th Assembly District from 2000 until 2013. He was the Speaker of the Assembly in the 100th Wisconsin Legislature. He ran for the United States Senate election in 2012, but lost by a wide margin. After leaving the Assembly, he became a lobbyist.[1]

Early life, education, and business career

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Fitzgerald moved with his family to Hustisford, Wisconsin. After graduating from Hustisford High School, Fitzgerald attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and received his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He was a small business owner and served on the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Common Council 2000-2003.[2] He is a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly

Elections

He was elected in 2000. In 2002, he won re-election unopposed.[4] In 2004, he won re-election a third term with 70% of the vote.[5] In 2006, he won re-election to a fourth term with 63% of the vote.[6] In 2008, he won re-election to a fifth term with 60% of the vote.[7] In 2010, he won re-election to a sixth term unopposed.[8] In 2012, he decided against running for re-election, instead announcing, in October 2011, that he would seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring US Senator Herb Kohl.

2012 U.S. Senate election

In October 2011, he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI).[9][10]

He lost the nomination on August 14, 2012 in a bitter four-way primary battle against former Governor Tommy Thompson (the winner), millionaire Eric Hovde, and former Congressman Mark Neumann.[11]

Personal life

He lives with his wife and two children in Horicon, Wisconsin. His older brother, Scott L. Fitzgerald, is a State Senator from the 13th Senate District, and the Senate Majority Leader.

References

  1. ^ "Block revolving door at Capitol," Wisconsin State Journal, January 11, 2013, http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/block-revolving-door-at-capitol/article_3778ba04-5b98-11e2-ad55-001a4bcf887a.html (accessed January 11, 2013)
  2. ^ Jeff Fitzgerald, Wisconsin Historical Society
  3. ^ Jeff Fitzgerald profile, votesmart.org; accessed November 15, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=82901
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=213354
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=303667
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=479631
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=701456
  9. ^ http://www.thirdage.com/news/jeff-fitzgerald-to-run-for-u-s-senate_10-11-2011
  10. ^ "Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald to run for Senate". Kenosha News. October 11, 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Vaccino, Steven. "Thompson Wins G.O.P. Senate Race in Wisconsin" New York Times, August 15, 2012.

External links

  • Profile at Project Vote Smart
  • Follow the Money - Jeff Fitzgerald
    • 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 campaign contributions
Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Robert G. Goetsch
Wisconsin State Representative - 39th District
2000 – 2013
Succeeded by
Mark Born
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