|99th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
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
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Robert Goetsch|
|Succeeded by||Mark Born|
October 12, 1966 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Horicon, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh|
|Occupation||Politician, Business owner|
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.
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. He's a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Wisconsin State Assembly
He was elected in 2000. In 2002, he won re-election unopposed. In 2004, he won re-election a third term with 70% of the vote. In 2006, he won re-election to a fourth term with 63% of the vote. In 2008, he won re-election to a fifth term with 60% of the vote. In 2010, he won re-election to a sixth term unopposed. 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). He lost the nomination on August 14, 2012 after a bitter four-way primary battle against former Governor Tommy Thompson (the winner), millionaire Eric Hovde, and former Congressman Mark Neumann.
- "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)
- Jeff Fitzgerald, Wisconsin Historical Society
- "Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald to run for Senate". Kenosha News. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- Vaccino, Steven. "Thompson Wins G.O.P. Senate Race in Wisconsin" New York Times August 15, 2012
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Follow the Money - Jeff Fitzgerald
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
Robert G. Goetsch
|Wisconsin State Representative - 39th District
2000 – 2013