|Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 9th district
2002 – Present
|Preceded by||James Baumgart|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 26th district
June 6, 1969 |
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Heather (née Hanson); 2 children|
|Residence||Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.|
Joseph K. "Joe" Leibham (born June 6, 1969) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 9th District since 2002. He previously served in the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 26th district from 1998–2002.
Early life, education and career
Leibham was born and raised in Sheboygan, the fourth oldest of 13 children. He attended Pigeon River Public Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran School and Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Ealing College (London) before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 with a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration.
He worked in the food service industry as an Account Executive for Sargento Foods and the Manager of Membership Development for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Sheboygan City Council from 1993 to 2000, serving as its president from 1995–96.
His 9th Senate District comprises the northern half of Sheboygan and southern half of Manitowoc counties, as well as portions of Calumet and Fond du Lac counties. He is currently the Senate Minority Caucus Chairperson, and was the Assistant Minority Leader in 2007 and the Majority Caucus Vice Chairperson in 2003.
2009-2010 Committee Assignments
Senate Standing Committees:
- Committee on Economic Development
- Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources
- Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions
- Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology
|04/15/2010||Legalizing Sale of Unpasteurized Milk||Yes|
|04/13/2010||Payday Lending Regulations||No|
|01/28/2010||Expanding Access to Public Defenders||No|
|09/22/2009||Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment||No|
|06/09/2009||Electronics Sale and Disposal Regulations||No|
|06/09/2009||Decreasing the Minimum Hunting Age||Yes|
|05/13/2009||Indoor Smoking Ban||No|
|03/06/2008||Great Lakes Water Resources Compact||Yes|
|02/28/2008||Emergency Contraception for Sexual Assault Victims||No|
|02/28/2008||Gun Possession During Emergencies||Yes|
|02/26/2008||Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatment||No|
|02/19/2008||[Public] Financing of Judicial Campaigns||No|
|01/15/2008||Minimum Wage Increase||No|
|12/11/2007||Compensation for Discharged Police Officers||Yes|
|04/25/2006||Tax Deduction for Health Savings Account||Yes|
|03/07/2006||Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Caps||Yes|
|03/03/2006||School Voucher Program Expansion||Yes|
Leibham is married to Heather (née Hanson); they have two sons.
- Senator Joe Leibham at the Wisconsin State Legislature
- Joe Leibham official campaign site
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- 9th Senate District, Senator Leibham in the Wisconsin Blue Book (2005–2006)