Glenn Grothman

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Glenn Grothman
Glenn Grothman 2.jpg
Grothman in July 2010
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 20th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded by Mary Panzer
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 58th district
In office
December 1993 – 2005
Personal details
Born (1955-07-03) July 3, 1955 (age 59)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Residence Campbellsport, Wisconsin
Profession Attorney

Glenn Grothman (born July 3, 1955) is the Republican Assistant Majority Leader of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 20th District in southeastern Wisconsin since 2005. The district includes the city of West Bend, other parts of Washington County, and parts of Fond du Lac, Dodge, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties. Previously, Grothman served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 58th Assembly District from 1993 until 2005, and serving as the vice chair of the Assembly's Republican caucus from 1999 to 2004.

Early life and education

Grothman graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate degree.[1] In 1983, he received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Wisconsin legislature

Grothman was elected to the 58th Assembly District in a special election held in December 1993. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Assembly Majority Caucus Vice Chairperson. In 2004, he challenged State Senate Majority Leader Mary Panzer in the Republican primary. He ran well to Panzer's right, charging that she was insufficiently conservative.[2] He won the nomination in a rout, taking 79 percent of the vote to Panzer's 21 percent.[3] He was unopposed in the general election for this heavily Republican district.[4] From 2007 to 2008, he was the Senate Minority Caucus Chairperson. He has been the assistant Republican leader since 2009, serving as assistant minority leader from 2009 to 2010 and as assistant majority leader since 2011.[1] Grothman is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

As of 2009, Grothman was the only Republican Wisconsin Senator with a law degree.[5]

Political positions

Concealed carry

An advocate of Second Amendment rights, Grothman is a long-time supporter of concealed carry legislation, but does not advocate allowing concealed weapons in taverns. He believes concealed carry laws would deter criminal behavior, with permits being awarded to law-abiding citizens who pass a gun safety course.[6]

Grothman co-introduced 2011 SB 93, which was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker[7] This bill made Wisconsin the 49th state to legalize concealed carry.[8]

Equal pay

Speaking in support of Governor Scott Walker's decision to repeal the Wisconsin Equal Pay Act, Grothman stated that the alleged pay differential is explainable: "Once you break it down by married and unmarried, the differential disappears." [9]

State Rep. Christine Sinicki accused Grothman of believing "that women belonged at home, cooking and cleaning and having babies." Politifact rated that accusation as False.[10]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Grothman has argued that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should not be a state employee holiday, calling the day off "an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state". He has expressed doubts that "state workers would be 'checking out DVDs or reading books' about King and would probably just be out shopping or watching television instead."[11]

He released a statement opposing a Kwanzaa holiday, stating that we should "treat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture."[12] Kwanzaa was created in 1966 as an "oppositional alternative" to Christmas.[13]

Municipal water chlorination

He was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 19 (2011), which removes the requirement of mandatory chlorination of groundwater in municipal water systems.[14][15] This bill was supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities which argued that it was unnecessary and expensive.[16]

Raw milk

Grothman is a vocal supporter of decriminalizing Raw milk sales.[17][18]

Sex education

He opposed a provision in a 2010 sex education law that prohibited teachers from promoting bias based on sexual orientation, saying that he did not believe the topic should be discussed at all in the public schools. According to the Capitol Times, Grothman's opposition was based on "the belief that instructors who lead these talks would have what he called an "agenda" to persuade students to become gay."[19] Grothman believes the kindergarten program for 4-year-olds should be defunded by Governor Scott Walker because any academic benefits disappear by the fourth grade, and the program is used by school districts to pad their budgets to get more state aid.[20]

Single parenthood

In February 2012, Grothman introduced Senate Bill 507, which would amend Wisconsin statutes to emphasize single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.[21] Politifact investigated his claim that kids living with a parent and parent's partner are "20 times" more likely to be sexually abused, and rated it True.[22]

He also sponsored State Bill 202, which would have repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, saying that the "Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government."[23]

Smoking

Grothman opposed a bill that would increase funding for anti-smoking programs from $10 to $30 million. He believes that anti-smoking campaigns do not work, and are no longer necessary, writing "Everybody knows you're not supposed to smoke!."[24] He also voted against the ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other small business that became effective in July 2010.[25] After the bill was passed, he introduced new legislation to allow guests to smoke in hotel rooms.[citation needed]. He also co-sponsored a bill to exempt electronic cigarettes from the smoking ban.[26]

Welfare Reform

In June 2013, Grothman advocated for reforming welfare in Wisconsin. He advocated requiring nondisabled single adults to either work twenty hours per week, or attend twenty hours of job training per week to continue receiving FoodShare benefits.[27]

2011 Wisconsin budget protests

Further information: 2011 Wisconsin budget protests

Grothman has been a vocal proponent of SB11, a controversial bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker in early 2011. He has said he supports the so-called budget repair bill because it is fiscally responsible. In a recent press interview, he said that he did not "find it impressive" that over 70,000 protesters marched on the capitol.[28]

During the protests, Grothman was cornered by almost 200 pro-union protesters yelling "Shame! Shame!" outside the state capitol building. Grothman said he was not concerned about violence at the time, adding that, "They're loud, they'll give you the finger, and they yell at you, but I really think deep down inside they're just mostly college kids having fun, just like they're having fun sleeping with their girlfriends on air mattresses. That's the guts of that crowd." He also described the protesters as "a different breed of person" and "a bunch of slobs taking up the building."[29][30]

During this time, Grothman also advocated the hiring of more business-friendly individuals to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In doing so, he went out of his way to single out one of the University of Wisconsin campuses as a target: "Maybe you (should) look to hire those people who know what the real world is like, rather than a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point who doesn't know what the real world is like." This was only days before appearing at UW—Stevens Point with the Joint Finance Committee for a day of hearings on Scott Walker's budget bill.[31]

Grothman was subject to a recall effort in the spring of 2011, but the effort failed, collecting only 75% of the required signatures.[32] During the recall, Grothman supporters gathered hundreds of signatures for a giant "Thank You" card for Grothman.[33]

Awards and recognition

  • Pro Life Wisconsin, Legislator of the Year, 2010, 1995
  • Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Hero Award, 1996
  • Wisconsin Right to Life, Sanctity of Life Award 2004
  • Wisconsin Guild of Midwives, Legislator of the Year 2006
  • Milwaukee County Republican Party Assembly, Tax Cutter of the Year, 2002
  • Eagle Forum, Leadership Award 2007
  • Independent Business Association, Legislator of the Year 2000
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses, Guardian of Small Business Award 1999-2000, 2005–06
  • Wisconsin Builders Association, Friend of Housing Award 2001-07
  • Wisconsin Builders Association, Legislator of the Year 2005
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Working for Wisconsin Award 1998-2006
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association, Friend of Grocers Award 1997-2004;
  • Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Friend of Agriculture Award 1995-2007
  • Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, Milk Bottle Award 2006, 2004
  • Wisconsin Counties Association, Outstanding Legislator Award 1997-98
  • Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Hero Award 2010[1]

2014 Congressional campaign

On April 3, 2014; Grothman announced he would run in that year's Republican primary for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district against 17-term incumbent Tom Petri. He is running well to Petri's right; in his campaign announcement he called Petri a "decent, genial person" who lacked the "sense of urgency" to put more curbs on "a federal government that seems to be out of control."[34] Grothman moved from the 5th District, represented by fellow Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, to the 6th district in 2014.[35][36] However, his state senate district includes much of the southeastern portion of the 6th congressional district. Grothman will not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; Wisconsin state senators serve staggered four-year terms, and he is not up for reelection until 2016.

Personal life

Grothman has never been married and has no children.[23]

Electoral history

Wisconsin State Senate District 20 Election 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Glenn Grothman 75,424 99.15%
Scattering 649 .85%
Wisconsin State Senate District 20 Election 2008[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Glenn Grothman 69,942 80.26%
Independent Clyde Winter 17,113 19.64%
Scattering 91 .10%
Wisconsin State Senate District 20 Election 2012[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Glenn Grothman 66,882 68.63%
Democratic Tanya Lohr 30,504 31.30%
Scattering 74 .10%

References

  1. ^ a b c "Glenn Grothman, Bio". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://badgerherald.com/news/2004/09/17/grothman_makes_rare_.php
  3. ^ Wisconsin State Elections Board, Results for September 14, 2004
  4. ^ a b "Fall General Election – 11/02/2004; State Senate, District No. 20" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. December 1, 2004. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lawyer-Legislator Q&A: Senator Glenn Grothman (Senate District 20)". State Bar of Wisconsin: Rotunda Report. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  6. ^ Grothman, Glenn. "A Good Idea". grothman.org. 
  7. ^ "2011 SB 93". Legislative Reference Bureau. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Gardner, Brent (24 June 2011). "Wisconsin to Become 49th State to Allow Right-to-Carry". NRA News. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Michelle. "Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Umhoefer, Dave (4 March 2012). "State Rep. Christine Sinicki says Sen. Glenn Grothman said that women belong "at home, cooking and cleaning and having babies."". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Mary Spicuzza (2011-01-18). "State senator says public employees should work on MLK Day". The Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  12. ^ Representative Glenn Grothman. "What is Kwanzaa?". Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  13. ^ Madhubuti, Haki R. (1972) Kwanzaa: A Progressive and Uplifting African-American Holiday
  14. ^ "Wisconsin Legislature Data". Wisconsin Legislature website. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  15. ^ "2011-2012 Wisconsin Legislature Senate Bill 19". State of Wisconsin. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Witynski, Curt. "Repealing Mandatory Disinfection". League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Why I Support Raw Milk". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Kinzel, Mike (10 December 2013). "Senator Grothman continues push for raw milk sales". WHBL. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Shawn Doherty (2010-02-11). "Vital Signs: Grothman suggests "don't ask don't tell" for state schools". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  20. ^ "Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman says recent research shows that the benefits of 4-year-old kindergarten don’t last (False)". PolitiFact Wisconsin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  21. ^ "SB507: Bill Text". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  22. ^ Kertscher, Tom (25 March 2012). "GOP Wisconsin state senator says study shows kids living with parent and parent's partner "20 times" more likely to be sexually abused". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Alphonse, Lylah M. (March 2, 2012). "Wisconsin Bill Claims Single Moms Cause Child Abuse by Not Being Married". Yahoo! Shine. 
  24. ^ Jackie Johnson (2007-09-06). "Grothman: More funding for anti-smoking efforts is absurd". Wisconsin Radio Network. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  25. ^ "Assembly, Senate pass indoor smoking ban". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  26. ^ "2011 Senate Bill 389". Legistlative Reference Bureau. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Grothman, Glenn. "Grothman Stands with Governor Walker on FoodShare Reform". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "State Senate Stalemate Continues Sen. Grothman: Protests Not Impressive -". Channel 3000 WISC Madison (WISC Madison). 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  29. ^ Condon, Stephanie (2011-03-02). "GOP Wisconsin lawmaker chased down by protesters". Political Hotsheet (CBS News). Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  30. ^ "Protesters Confront Wisconsin State Senator". MSNBC Video, The Last Word. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  31. ^ "Grothman urges DNR to hire older workers" JSOnline - All Politics Blog: 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  32. ^ "Aggressive effort to recall Grothman falls short," by Bill Schanen IV, Ozaukee Press, 4 May 2011
  33. ^ Steffes, Judy (5 April 2011). "Thank you signatures trump recall of Senator Grothman". Fox 6 Now. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  34. ^ Terkel, Amanda. Glenn Grothman, Ultra-Conservative Wisconsin Lawmaker, Will Run For Congress. Huffington Post, 2014-04-03.
  35. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/253734901.html. Retrieved 16 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/nomination_paper_tracking_08_12_2014_partisan_prim_14421.PDF. Retrieved 16 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  37. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/04/2008; State Senate, District No. 20" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 24, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  38. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/06/2012; State Senate, District No. 20" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 26, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 

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Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Mary Panzer
Wisconsin State Senator - 20th Senate District
2004 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent