John Gard

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John Gard
96th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
2003–2007
Preceded by Scott Jensen
Succeeded by Michael Huebsch
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 89th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Cletus J. Vanderperren[1]
Succeeded by John Nygren
Personal details
Born (1963-08-03) August 3, 1963 (age 51)
Lena, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy Zeuske

John Gard (born August 3, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 89th Assembly District from 1987 until 2007.[2] He served as Speaker of the State Assembly from 2003 until 2007.

Gard was also the Republican nominee for U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district in 2006 and 2008, running against and losing to Democratic nominee Steve Kagen both times.

Gard graduated from University of Wisconsin–La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is married to Cathy Zeuske, a former Wisconsin State Representative, State Treasurer, and Revenue Secretary under former Governor Tommy Thompson. They have two children: Elizabeth (Libby) and John Vincent.

2006 8th congressional district election[edit]

With four-term incumbent Republican Mark Green running for Governor of Wisconsin, Wisconsin's 8th congressional district seat became an open seat.

Gard was the Republican nominee, defeating State Rep. Terri McCormick of Appleton in the September 12, 2006 Republican primary. He lost to Democrat Steve Kagen of Appleton in the November 7, 2006 mid-term election, 51–49%, in the most expensive congressional House race in state history.[3] Gard's loss was part of the national Republican defeat. Issues that dominated the election were the Iraq War, healthcare, immigration, and pork barrel spending. Gard was able to carry his home county of Marinette with 51.4% of the vote and neighboring Oconto County by 52.1%. He lost Brown County, home to Green Bay, by less than 1,000 votes (less than 1%). Kagen carried his home county of Outagamie with 54.5% of the vote.[4]

2008 8th congressional district election[edit]

John Gard announced on Sunday April 27, 2008 that he would again run against Democratic incumbent Steve Kagen for 8th district representative.[5] The Cook Political Report claimed the race 'leans Democrat' even though the district was considered to "lean-Republican" with a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of R +4.

Other GOP potential candidates dropped out of the race, including State Assemblymen Frank Lasee and Steve Wieckert, and former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin. Gard received the Republican nomination, but lost the election by 164,561 to 193,261.

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Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Cletus J. Vanderperren
Wisconsin State Representative - 89th District
1987 – 2007
Succeeded by
John Nygren