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Leah Vukmir

Leah Vukmir (Rep.), 5th Senate District

Born Milwaukee, April 26, 1958; 2 children. Graduate Brookfield East H.S. 1976; B.S. in nursing Marquette U. 1980; M.S. in nursing UW-Madison 1983. Registered nurse; nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years; research fellow, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute; Past Pres. and Co-founder of Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools (PRESS). Member: Republican Party of Milwaukee Co., Republican Party of Waukesha Co., Wauwatosa Republican Club; West Allis Speedskating Club (former ASU Speedskating Referee). Former member: Standards and Assessments Subcommittee of Gov. Thompson’s Task Force on Education and Learning; English/Language Arts Task Force of Gov. Thompson’s Council on Model Academic Standards; American Legislative Exchange Council (first vice chp.). Nationally recognized authority and speaker on education issues and educational standards. Recipient: Center for Education Reform’s Unsung Hero Award 1998; Brookfield East High School Alumni Achievement Award 2002; American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Year 2009; Right Women Iron Lady Award 2014.

Elected to Assembly 2002-08; elected to Senate 2010; reelected 2014. Biennial Senate committee assignments: 2015 — Health and Human Services (chp., also 2013); Judiciary and Public Safety (vice chp.); Education (since 2011, vice chp. 2011); Jt. Com. on Finance. 2013 — Jt. Com. for Review of Admin. Rules (co-chp., also 2011); Judiciary and Labor (vice chp.). 2011 — Health (chp.); Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue. Assembly committee assignments: 2009 — Education (also 2007); Education Reform (chp. 2005, 2003, eff. 8/17/04, vice chp. 2003); Health and Health Care Reform (chp. 2007); Public Health (vice chp. 2007). 2007 — Criminal Justice (also 2003). 2005 — Health (vice chp., mbr. 2003); Children and Families (since 2003); Criminal Justice and Homeland Security; Medicaid Reform. 2003 — Economic Development.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-2512.
E-mail: Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: Wauwatosa 53226.
Mailing address: Office: Room 131 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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Data Wonk: Is Waukesha County Becoming Less Red?
Data Wonk

Is Waukesha County Becoming Less Red?

Perhaps not, but legislative districts straddling its border are changing.

Murphy’s Law: Walker, Vukmir Court the Israel Lobby
Murphy’s Law

Walker, Vukmir Court the Israel Lobby

A great way to get donations from billionaires like Sheldon Adelson.

Data Wonk: Why Does GOP Want To Raise My Taxes?
Data Wonk

Why Does GOP Want To Raise My Taxes?

And why do I get nothing back in return but a bigger federal deficit?

Court Watch: Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage
Court Watch

Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage

State prisons already overcrowded; bill would add 1,800 inmates, cost $57 million per year.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Senate passes Vukmir bills to protect communities from repeat violent criminals
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Senate passes Vukmir bills to protect communities from repeat violent criminals

Senate Bills, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 passed, three of them with bipartisan support.

When it comes to protecting our children, Evers chooses to do nothing
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When it comes to protecting our children, Evers chooses to do nothing

"We can’t trust Evers to properly protect our schools, let alone improve them."

Vukmir, Rohrkaste lead bipartisan effort to lower drug prices
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Vukmir, Rohrkaste lead bipartisan effort to lower drug prices

Bill would allow for pharmacists to switch brand-name biologics for biosimilars

Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting
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Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting

"We stand firmly against discrimination in any form and we wholly support our friends in Israel."

Senate Republicans Attack the Health of Women Across Wisconsin
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Senate Republicans Attack the Health of Women Across Wisconsin

Anti-choice extremist U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is a sponsor

Mark Belling says Leah Vukmir is a real conservative who pushes the envelope
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Mark Belling says Leah Vukmir is a real conservative who pushes the envelope

Belling made a few comments about the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin dollars back Leah Vukmir in Senate race
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Wisconsin dollars back Leah Vukmir in Senate race

Leah announced earlier in October that she raised nearly $250,000 in the first three weeks of her campaign.

Vukmir And Nicholson Support Trump Limits to Women’s Healthcare Access
In just three weeks, Leah Vukmir raises nearly $250K
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In just three weeks, Leah Vukmir raises nearly $250K

Leah demonstrates fundraising strength to take on Tammy Baldwin

Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel
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Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel

The bill would also prohibit state agencies and local governments from establishing their own policies to boycott Israel.

One Wisconsin Now Calls for State Ethics Investigation of State Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Sleazy Fundraising Deal
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One Wisconsin Now Calls for State Ethics Investigation of State Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Sleazy Fundraising Deal

Taps Chair of WEDC Board, State Agency She Helps Oversee, to Shake Down Donors for Contributions for Her Run for U.S. Senate

Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.
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Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget jeopardizes police and fire funding for streetcar project

Leah Vukmir Unveils Finance Committee for U.S. Senate
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Leah Vukmir Unveils Finance Committee for U.S. Senate

Long-time Wisconsin GOP Donors Back Leah for Senate

Leah Vukmir Announces Steering Committee for U.S. Senate
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Leah Vukmir Announces Steering Committee for U.S. Senate

GOP Leaders across Wisconsin unite to support Leah

Murphy’s Law: Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate
Murphy’s Law

Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate

Or how to run for U.S. Senate in the land of scorched-earth politics.

Leah Vukmir leads vote to cut wages for Wisconsin workers
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Leah Vukmir leads vote to cut wages for Wisconsin workers

Late-night budget motion to eliminate prevailing wage would disproportionately harm veterans

Vukmir, Kuglitsch author bill to reimburse veterans for full tuition costs
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Vukmir, Kuglitsch author bill to reimburse veterans for full tuition costs

"Those who serve our country deserve the certainty that we will keep our promises to them."

Murphy’s Law: Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker
Murphy’s Law

Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker

Should one billionaire dictate the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate?

Vukmir: The time is now for Foxconn
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Vukmir: The time is now for Foxconn

"Any reluctance to support this deal makes no sense to me."

The Contrarian: Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers
The Contrarian

Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers

School choice backers donated generously to Walker, but he’s vacillated on the issue.

Vukmir echoes Walker encouraging Congress to give states block grants
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Vukmir echoes Walker encouraging Congress to give states block grants

"A successful repeal of Obamacare begins with the federal government handing over the reins to the states."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker

Gou says governor is top reason Foxconn coming. Abele has county site in play.

Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King
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Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King

Did Kevin Nicholson support Rep. Dale Kooyenga and D.C. Leah's votes to raid millions from the funds available to take care of Wisconsin's elderly veterans?

Statement on Senate Health Care Developments
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Statement on Senate Health Care Developments

"In 2018, the voters will choose progressives who stood up to protect their health care."

Vukmir supports Senate GOP budget
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Vukmir supports Senate GOP budget

"Our constituents sent us here to hold the line on taxes. This budget does that and more."

What You Won’t Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal
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What You Won’t Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal

If you ask people across the state what the state should fund, most will tell you that we should fund our schools, our roads and essential services that keep us safe.

Campaign Cash: Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout

Wisconsin Hospital Association spends millions on lobbying, campaign donations.

Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game
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Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game

"Chief Flynn is playing politics instead of fixing problems under his direct control"

Campaign Cash: Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans
Campaign Cash

Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans

Pulling out of Obamacare, giving almost $175,000 to GOP politicians.

Senate Passes Bill to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts
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Senate Passes Bill to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts

Between 2013 and 2015, incidents of motor vehicle thefts increased 50%.

Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?
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Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?

It's been widely reported that Senate Republicans are drafting their version of Trumpcare behind closed doors.

Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process
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Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process

Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga Fail To Get The Job Done

Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today
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Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today

Cost of Their Own Schooling May Explain Ignorance of Student Loan Debt Crisis, But it Doesn’t Excuse Their Refusal to Help

Continued state cigarette subsidy for Native American tribes disappointing
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Continued state cigarette subsidy for Native American tribes disappointing

$68.7 million subsidy ought to go to bolster public safety, Alderman Donovan says

New Republican ‘Safe Spaces for Racists’ Legislation Threatens Students With Expulsion for Declaring Hate Speech Not Welcome on Campuses
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New Republican ‘Safe Spaces for Racists’ Legislation Threatens Students With Expulsion for Declaring Hate Speech Not Welcome on Campuses

U.S. Senate Hopeful Leah Vukmir Out to Prove She Can Make a Bad Idea Even Worse

Op Ed: The Freedom to Work For Less
Op Ed

The Freedom to Work For Less

New labor law by Walker and GOP is all about “freedom”... Not.

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

State wants 21% hike in fees and more inmates at failing prisons.

D.C. Leah Hits Corrupt Washington Lobbying Group For Campaign Cash
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D.C. Leah Hits Corrupt Washington Lobbying Group For Campaign Cash

"D.C. Leah is going above and beyond to show her interests lie with powerful D.C. special interest..."

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup

But business, tourism interests back current law on "unfair sales."

MacIver Institute applauds introduction of minimum markup bill
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MacIver Institute applauds introduction of minimum markup bill

Will Wisconsin consumers finally see relief from government-mandated higher prices?

Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law
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Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law

The bill explicitly prohibits state and local governments from requiring a bidder on a public works project to enter into an agreement with a labor organization.

Campaign Cash: Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill

GOP bill pushed by ALEC and group's treasurer, Sen Leah Vukmir.

Is this a Senate race or a yacht sale?
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Is this a Senate race or a yacht sale?

Even conservative radio personality, Mark Belling, is unimpressed with the current slate of candidates.

Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Ugly Record On Equal Pay
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Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Ugly Record On Equal Pay

In 2009, then-Rep. Leah Vukmir voted against the Democratic-led legislature making it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court.

Campaign Cash: Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550
Campaign Cash

Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

The two nominees also gave more than $64,000 to other candidates.

Just Call Her ‘D.C. Leah’
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Just Call Her ‘D.C. Leah’

Vukmir Kicks off Senate Campaign with Lobbyists, Elite in DC

Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session
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Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session

"Not only is this proposal out of touch with the needs of everyday Wisconsinites, it does nothing to move our state forward."

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

In non-public meeting they approve 31% raise in their per day expenses.

Campaign Cash: GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors
Campaign Cash

GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors

Lawyers paid $2.1 million to defend gerrymandering, give $76,000 to politicians.

Campaign Cash: Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill

They spent $24 million on campaigns. Bill targets union construction projects.

The State of Politics: 11 Predictions for 2017 Politics
The State of Politics

11 Predictions for 2017 Politics

Scott Fitzgerald gets Trump appointment, redistricting is upheld and more.

Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader
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Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader

“I am honored to once again be representing this group of outstanding conservative leaders and thrilled to be growing our ranks for the upcoming legislative session.”

Murphy’s Law: The Legend of Leah Vukmir
Murphy’s Law

The Legend of Leah Vukmir

Once considered a horrible legislator, she’s now one of the Capitol’s “heaviest hitters.”

The State of Politics: Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate
The State of Politics

Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate

Eight or nine senators could dictate much of Gov. Walker's 2017-19 state budget.

Data Wonk: The Decline of Reaganism
Data Wonk

The Decline of Reaganism

The Church of the Gipper is defied by Donald Trump. Will Republicans adjust their ideology?

Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners
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Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners

“Is this really the Senate Republicans’ plan?”

Data Wonk: Road Map To Economic Failure
Data Wonk

Road Map To Economic Failure

Why has Walker’s jobs plan failed? And why won’t he change his approach?

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 49 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Op-Ed: GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks
Op-Ed

GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks

Point by point, he refutes lead attacker, GOP state Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters
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Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters

The State of Politics: How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB
The State of Politics

How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB

Government Accountability Board will be scrapped in favor of weaker commissions.

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
The State of Politics

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage
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AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage

Time to Step Up And Send Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill To Governor's Desk

The State of Politics: Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

Republican legislators want to reduce borrowing in Walker transportation budget, but this could delay numerous projects.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of ALEC
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of ALEC

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, long a big influence on state legislatures and Wisconsin, is bleeding business support.

The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

The State of Politics: The Coming War Against Common Core
The State of Politics

The Coming War Against Common Core

Top priority for Republican legislators next year is to kill Common Core educational standards.

The State of Politics: Few Competitive Legislative Races
The State of Politics

Few Competitive Legislative Races

Redistricting has reduced the number of competitive districts for fall elections.

County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care
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County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.

Supervisor Taylor Welcomes State Bill Concerning County Mental Health Care Changes But Believes it Does Not Go Far Enough
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Supervisor Taylor Welcomes State Bill Concerning County Mental Health Care Changes But Believes it Does Not Go Far Enough

The State of Wisconsin has in the past successfully taken over administration of certain functions of Milwaukee County government, such as the Income Maintenance Program.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health

Says Legislation Could Reduce Accountability, Looks Like More of the Same; He Questions How It Will Help Patients

Murphy’s Law: Democratic Wedge Issues
Murphy’s Law

Democratic Wedge Issues

Republicans are out of step on issues like same sex marriage and medical marijuana.

Op-Ed: Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings
Op-Ed

Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings

Republican bill would force MPS to sell buildings used to expand successful schools like Golda Meir.

Lazich, August, Fitzgerald and Vos Still Silent on Redistricting Reform Public Hearings As Support & Pressure Builds
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Lazich, August, Fitzgerald and Vos Still Silent on Redistricting Reform Public Hearings As Support & Pressure Builds

Their Silence Underscores Need for an End to Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Republicans join Koch Brothers, opposing actions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

The Roundup: Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here
The Roundup

Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here

If you are over by Mayfair Monday, you can drop by the grand opening of the Bush–Cheney’04 Wisconsin Headquarters, 2222 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa.  The opening is open to the press, and Liz Cheney will be available for interviews. The event is at noon and features such other dignitaries as Rep. Leah Vukmir, Rep. Mark […]