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Jim Steineke

(Rep.), 5th Assembly District

Born Milwaukee, November 23, 1970; married, 3 children. Graduate Wauwatosa West H.S. 1989; attended UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Regional manager. Former realtor, salesman. Former member: Realtors Assn. of Northeast Wis.; Wis. Realtors Assn. Town supervisor, Town of Vandenbroeck 2005-07; town chp. 2007-11. Outagamie Co. supervisor 2006-11.

Elected to Assembly 2010; reelected 2012. Assistant Majority Leader 2013. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Assembly Organization; Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage; Rules; Jt. Com. on Legislative Organization. 2011 — Rural Economic Development (vice chp.); Housing; Natural Resources.

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Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

No action since April 15 on pandemic, police reform, budget shortfalls.

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

New legislative package targets state's struggling unemployment system.

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Instead of convening and legislating, Republican legislators pitch a personal loan program.

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Madison protesters want protection. Republican legislators want tougher policing.

The State of Politics: UW Tests Tommy’s Legacy As a ‘Builder”
The State of Politics

UW Tests Tommy’s Legacy As a ‘Builder”

Former governor has huge legacy of bipartisan success, but leading UW won’t be easy.

272 Candidates Running for State Legislature

272 Candidates Running for State Legislature

Highest number since 2012, many contested primaries.

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

Analysis: Republicans want a Badger Bounce Back, but distort details of Evers' plan.

Supreme Court Case Could Affect Abortion Access in Wisconsin

Supreme Court Case Could Affect Abortion Access in Wisconsin

The High Court weighs case that could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.

Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws

Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws

Molson Coors shootings reignite debate over background checks, red flag laws.

The State of Politics: Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury
The State of Politics

Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury

Evers and Republicans can’t agree on how to spend budget surplus.

Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Republicans pass bill with "poison pills' that will force veto by Gov. Evers.

Your Right to Know: Records Fees Mean Records Denials
Your Right to Know

Records Fees Mean Records Denials

Some legislators charge more than $100 to forward digital records. Is that open records?

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Republican legislators suddenly embrace bipartisan peacemaking, blast Evers as partisan.

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Condemn governor as too partisan, but his State of State speech is mostly conciliatory.

The State of Politics: GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps
The State of Politics

GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps

Their Assembly districts voted for Trump. They now face Republican challengers.

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

First floor session of 2020 saw partisan attacks and the passage of controversial legislation.

The State of Politics: Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue
The State of Politics

Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue

Gov. Evers and legislators in both parties call for action. Will they work together?

The State of Politics: What Is State Doing About School Security?
The State of Politics

What Is State Doing About School Security?

$96.2 million for security upgrades and training. Has that addressed the problem?

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

With no explanation, Fitzgerald stopped bipartisan bill providing grants to homeless shelters.

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Assembly and Senate seldom in session. Just 21 bills passed in 2019 while typical average is more than 300.

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

Justices question both sides in challenge to laws reducing powers of governor, attorney general.

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Republicans pass controversial rule changes, and accommodation for quadriplegic lawmaker, on party line votes.

But Wait, There’s More. Lawyer/Lobbyist Hired by Joint Committee on Finance Previously Defended GOP Legislators in Open Records Case
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But Wait, There’s More. Lawyer/Lobbyist Hired by Joint Committee on Finance Previously Defended GOP Legislators in Open Records Case

Defended Top Legislative Republicans Over Allegations They Sought to Discourage Release of Public Documents

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

AG says legislative oversight stalls cases, makes lower settlements for taxpayers likely.

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Records show Legislature fielded nearly 48,000 contacts from people and 98% opposed lame duck laws.

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

“Universal background checks” on gun sales shouldn’t need “permission from NRA,” Evers says.

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Republicans worked for “veto-proof” bill so Gov. Evers has little room to reshape legislation.

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Also approves grant program changes that could attract more minority teachers.

The State of Politics: The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor
The State of Politics

The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes finding out there is no manual — and few certainties — for the job.

The State of Politics: New Leaders at Republican State Convention
The State of Politics

New Leaders at Republican State Convention

Ryan, Walker no longer key players, but focus remains on Trump 2020 victory.

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

Bill offers more restrictions on abortions. Medical professionals oppose legislation.

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Fitzgerald assails “alarming... level of spending and bonding”.

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Proposal praised by Democrats, slammed by Republicans.

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Says plan too risky, lacked long-term financing, and wasn’t bipartisan.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans and Colin Kaepernick
Murphy’s Law

Republicans and Colin Kaepernick

Legislators opposition to honoring the NFL star is part of an ugly, historic pattern.

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

Republicans remove Colin Kaepernick from resolution, Rep. Bowen cries foul.

The State of Politics: Republicans May Oppose Medical Marijuana
The State of Politics

Republicans May Oppose Medical Marijuana

Vos, Steineke say Evers’ support for full legalization has poisoned the discussion.

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

Governor says people voted for this, but GOP legislators insist AG must obey their new law.

The State of Politics: Kimberly-Clark Won’t Get Tax Break
The State of Politics

Kimberly-Clark Won’t Get Tax Break

Company demands subsidy by September 30. Why that won’t happen.

Governor Walker Calls on Department of Transportation to Evaluate Expanding the Interstate 41 Corridor in the Fox Valley
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Governor Walker Calls on Department of Transportation to Evaluate Expanding the Interstate 41 Corridor in the Fox Valley

"...I am calling on the Department of Transportation to evaluate expanding the Interstate 41 section between Appleton and DePere."

Governor Walker, State Officials Push to Keep Kimberly-Clark Jobs in the Fox Valley
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Governor Walker, State Officials Push to Keep Kimberly-Clark Jobs in the Fox Valley

"We are committed to fighting for Wisconsin workers and communities."

The State of Politics: Counting Down to Capitol “Chaos”
The State of Politics

Counting Down to Capitol “Chaos”

Legislature faces a rush of many proposed bills. Which will pass?

Sen. Taylor, Bipartisan Legislators, Introduce Bill to Fund Suicide Prevention Text Hotline
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Sen. Taylor, Bipartisan Legislators, Introduce Bill to Fund Suicide Prevention Text Hotline

“Wisconsin’s suicide rate has increased between 2005 and 2015, and the suicide rate among teens has doubled between 2007 and 2015,” said Senator Lena Taylor.

Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law

Acts 65-83.

New Study Shows Bipartisan Session Agreements Make a Positive Impact
Press Release

New Study Shows Bipartisan Session Agreements Make a Positive Impact

"We wanted to have a more transparent process that allows for greater public participation in the legislative process."

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

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements
Press Release

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements

Elected officials, grassroots activists and business owners unite behind Leah

New development in Fox Valley receives support from WEDC
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New development in Fox Valley receives support from WEDC

New distribution center leased by Nestlé in Little Chute expected to create 100 jobs

Campaign Cash: Hunters, Wildlife Groups Oppose Wetlands Bill
Campaign Cash

Hunters, Wildlife Groups Oppose Wetlands Bill

Bill threatens 1 million acres of wetlands, pushed by state’s largest business lobby.

Op Ed: What Happened to Wisconsin?
Op Ed

What Happened to Wisconsin?

Decades of bipartisan commitment to protecting environment have been abandoned. Why?

Campaign Cash: One Million Acres of Wetlands Endangered
Campaign Cash

One Million Acres of Wetlands Endangered

Republican bill backed by big business could eliminate one-fifth of state’s wetlands.

Committee Holds Hearing Today on Regulatory “Sunset” Bill
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Committee Holds Hearing Today on Regulatory “Sunset” Bill

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin today called on lawmakers to approve AB 384, a measure that would require the re-adoption of government rules every seven years under a rigorous review process.

The Contrarian: Moody’s State Debt Upgrade is Perplexing
The Contrarian

Moody’s State Debt Upgrade is Perplexing

Walker says it’s due to his reforms. But... the deficit is rising.

Campaign Cash: Bill Buries State Regulations
Campaign Cash

Bill Buries State Regulations

After 7 years they would expire. Kochs and WMC back the bill.

Campaign Cash: Bear Hunters Association Has Big Clout
Campaign Cash

Bear Hunters Association Has Big Clout

Donated $369,000, wants less rules on guns, no photos of hunters.

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.

Representative Vos Re-Elected Assembly Speaker
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Representative Vos Re-Elected Assembly Speaker

“I’m humbled to receive this vote of confidence from the 64-member Assembly majority, the largest GOP majority in 60 years.”

The State of Politics: The Incredible Decline of Democrats
The State of Politics

The Incredible Decline of Democrats

GOP soared, Democrats floored, in state vote. Dem decline since 2010 is stunning.

Rep. Neylon Releases Statement on Assembly Republicans’ Forward Agenda
Press Release

Rep. Neylon Releases Statement on Assembly Republicans’ Forward Agenda

“I’m honored to stand with my fellow Republican colleagues in releasing next session’s Forward Agenda.”

Murphy’s Law: The Report That Walker Killed
Murphy’s Law

The Report That Walker Killed

Its warning: Ending civil service means less qualified will serve. Why didn’t legislators see it?

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Spoils System
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Spoils System

The bill to kill civil service aims to create a one-party government, from top to bottom.

AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention
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AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention

Bill would reform outdated employment policies improving government efficiency and accountability

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding recruitment and retention reform legislation to be introduced by Senator Roger Roth and Representative Jim Steineke

GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle
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GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle

GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan
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GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan

When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?
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When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?

Measure Limits Recalls But Allows Unlimited Fundraising

Measure Limits Recalls But Allows Unlimited Fundraising

Republican proposal would provide great protection to incumbent politicians.

Legislative Musical Chairs

Legislative Musical Chairs

A new Republican leader and many other changes coming this fall.