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Joel Kleefisch

Joel Kleefisch (Rep.), 38th Assembly District

Born Waukesha, June 8, 1971; married; 2 children. Graduate Waukesha North H.S. 1989; B.A. Pepperdine U. 1993. Former investigative television news reporter for WISN-TV; legislative policy advisor and constituent director. Member: Watertown Elks Club; Watertown Moose Club; Stone Bank Lions Club; Ducks Unlimited; National Wild Turkey Federation; National Rifle Assn.; Wings Over Wisconsin; Lakewatch Volunteer Organization (founder).

Elected to Assembly 2004; reelected since 2006. Minority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2009. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Criminal Justice (chp., also 2007, mbr. 2009); Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage (vice chp.); Corrections; Labor; State Affairs (vice chp. 2007, mbr. 2005); Tourism. 2011 — Jt. Review Com. on Criminal Penalties (co-chp.); Natural Resources; Jt. Com. on Finance. 2009 — Consumer Protection; Rules; State Affairs and Homeland Security. 2007 —Children and Family Law; Colleges and Universities. 2005 — Financial Institutions; Judiciary; State-Federal Relations.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-8551; (888) 534-0038 (toll free).
E-mail: Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: Oconomowoc 53066.
Mailing address: Office: Room 307 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708; District: P.O. Box 273, Okauchee 53069.

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Walker Protected Polluters Who Illegally Dumped Human Waste

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Rep. Bowen reflects on 2017-18 legislative session

Session defined by spending billions on Foxconn, new adult prison

Rep. Bowen statement on passage of Wisconsin Model of youth justice
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Rep. Bowen statement on passage of Wisconsin Model of youth justice

"This is one big step closer to even more innovations to save lives and money to increase the wellbeing of our communities..."

Kleefisch-Bowen bill lays foundation for youth corrections overhaul
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Kleefisch-Bowen bill lays foundation for youth corrections overhaul

A public hearing on the agreed upon bill will be held this Thursday at 9 a.m.

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

Strong Support for Sign Language Interpreter’s Bill
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Strong Support for Sign Language Interpreter’s Bill

Joint press release on strong support for sign language interpreter’s bill

Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law
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Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law

Acts 65-83.

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And what’s the secret -- so far -- of his success?

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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

Governor Walker Signs Bill Banning Synthetic Types of Fentanyl
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Governor Walker Signs Bill Banning Synthetic Types of Fentanyl

The bill adds forms of fentanyl to the synthetic opiates category under Schedule I.

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements
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Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements

Elected officials, grassroots activists and business owners unite behind Leah

Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11
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Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11

“The Joel and JoCasta Show” will air Saturdays, launching November 11th at 3-­‐4 pm

Bi-partisan Corey Adams Searchlight Act Would Create “Green Alert” to Help Find Missing At-Risk Veterans
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Bi-partisan Corey Adams Searchlight Act Would Create “Green Alert” to Help Find Missing At-Risk Veterans

This bill is supported by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the VFW.

Campaign Cash: NRA, Others Want Gun Classes
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NRA, Others Want Gun Classes

Opposed by Madison schools, backed by Bear Hunters Association.

Governor Walker Signs 20 Bills Into Law
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Governor Walker Signs 20 Bills Into Law

Acts 37 - 56

Sen. LaTonya Johnson’s Juvenile Justice Reform Signed Into Law
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Sen. LaTonya Johnson’s Juvenile Justice Reform Signed Into Law

"“It’s far past time that we get serious about reforming our juvenile correctional system."

Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research
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Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research

GOP proposal would criminalize Wisconsin’s cutting edge biomedical advances

Campaign Cash: Child Support Tax Exemption Returns
Campaign Cash

Child Support Tax Exemption Returns

Controversial proposal for the wealthy was traced to donor to Walker, Kleefisch.

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

Legislature Resists Background Checks for Guns

18 states require them, 85% of state residents support them, but Walker, GOP resist.

4 bills signed into law to promote healthy, safe adoptions in Wisconsin
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4 bills signed into law to promote healthy, safe adoptions in Wisconsin

The Adoption Protection Package focuses on crisis prevention, pre-adoptive training requirements, access to post-adoptive resources, and implements safeguards for children adopted from other states and countries.

Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Protect Wisconsin’s Children Against Internet Crimes
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Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Protect Wisconsin’s Children Against Internet Crimes

“Alicia’s Law” gives hope to victims and works to prevent future victims

Governor Walker Signs Legislation Protecting Wisconsin’s Children
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Governor Walker Signs Legislation Protecting Wisconsin’s Children

Children with disabilities and those children repeatedly physically abused gain new protections

Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law

Acts 200 - 257.

Legislature Votes to Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse
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Legislature Votes to Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse

Kleefisch/Taylor legislation passes with strong bipartisan support

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.

The State of Politics: Stories Legislators Tell Each Other
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Stories Legislators Tell Each Other

Sometimes personal stories told by legislators trump statistics or sound-bite speeches.

The State of Politics: E-Cigarettes Lights Up Capitol Fight
The State of Politics

E-Cigarettes Lights Up Capitol Fight

Should they be taxed like cigarettes, banned from restaurants/bars or protected from local regulations?

Murphy’s Law: The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted
Murphy’s Law

The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted

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Democrats Blast GOP Opponent for Attorney General

Democrats Blast GOP Opponent for Attorney General

Was Brad Schimel lax in prosecuting alleged pay to play or are Democratic AG candidates blowing smoke?

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Despite overwhelming support for bill toughening penalties for felony firearms offenses, Alberta Darling and Republicans give up on it.

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Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

92% of poll respondents favor it, but a high percentage of Wisconsin legislators disagree.

Lawton Takes Aim at Campaign Cash

Lawton Takes Aim at Campaign Cash

Former Lt Governor will run national group pushing for campaign finance reform.

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

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Almost every Republican -- and Democratic -- leader is from a small part of the state.

Walker Will Veto Same-Day Registration Ban

Walker Will Veto Same-Day Registration Ban

Governor says if there is "any cost" to ending same-day voter registration, he will veto the bill.

Murphy’s Law: The Curious Case of Stephen Einhorn
Murphy’s Law

The Curious Case of Stephen Einhorn

The man who “feared” for his family’s privacy is a political activist and capital insider grabbing government funding for his company.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Sneaking Bill on Same Day Registration?
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Sneaking Bill on Same Day Registration?

Voters would probably oppose it, so GOP needs to pass the legislation very, very quietly.