|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 38th district
|Preceded by||Steven Foti|
June 8, 1971 |
Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pepperdine University|
Joel M. Kleefisch (born June 8, 1971) is an American politician and a former television reporter. His wife, Rebecca Kleefisch, is also in state politics as the current Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.
Kleefisch worked as a news researcher for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles during the summer of 1992. Upon graduation from Pepperdine he worked as a reporter for WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois from 1993 to 1994. Kleefisch then was hired by WISN-TV as an assignment desk person and part-time reporter in 1994 before becoming a full-time general assignment reporter, where he worked until entering politics. As a reporter at WISN-TV, he appeared on CNN to discuss the trial of Mark Chmura. He won an award for "Best investigative report or series" from the Milwaukee Press Club in 1999 for a piece about date rape drugs. Rebecca was also a reporter and anchor for WISN and the two would marry in 1999 shortly after she moved to that station from Rockford, Illinois. The couple now have two children.
Kleefisch was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010. He represents Oconomowoc and surrounding areas. In 2009 he co-sponsored legislation to increase the penalties in Wisconsin for driving under the influence.
On February 21, 2012, video was posted showing Kleefisch voting for absent members of the Assembly. Although representatives claim that this practice is commonplace, and indeed legal as long as unseated members are actually inside the chamber itself, claims by the person who captured the video that absent members had been absent for hours before the vote have spurred allegations of voter fraud.
In 2014, Kleefisch withdrew his second attempt to pass a measure to reduce the child support payments owed by his wealthy donor Michael Eisenga.
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