Michael Huebsch

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Michael Huebsch
97th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
2007–2009
Preceded by John Gard
Succeeded by Michael J. Sheridan
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 94 district
In office
1995–2011
Preceded by Virgil Roberts
Succeeded by Steve Doyle
Personal details
Born (1964-07-19) July 19, 1964 (age 49)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Alma mater Oral Roberts University
Profession Former marketing director, politician

Michael "Mike" Huebsch is a Republican politician and former legislator from Wisconsin.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Huebsch graduated from Onalaska High School and attended Oral Roberts University. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1995 through 2011. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Speaker of the Assembly. Huebsch, his wife, and family live in West Salem, Wisconsin.[1]

While in the State Assembly, he and fellow Republican representative and future governor Scott Walker were involved in the "Wisconsin witch hunt" in 2001–02, in which they attempted to terminate the employment of state employee Jamyl Witch because of her beliefs as a Wiccan.[2][3] Walker claimed that Witch's hiring as a prison chaplain raised "both personal and political concerns" because she "practice[d] a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths".[4] Huebsch likewise said that "Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus," proposing to delete the state appropriation which funded Witch's position, although in the past he had repeatedly advocated increasing state funding for prison chaplains.[5] Walker and Huebsch were ultimately unsuccessful in terminating Witch's employment.[2]

Huebsch resigned from the Assembly after Walker, now Governor-elect, appointed Huebsch as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration on December 30, 2010.[6][7] In a special election on May 3, 2011, the District 94 Assembly seat he had held for eight terms went to Democrat Steve Doyle.[8]

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Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Virgil Roberts
Wisconsin State Representative - 94th District
1995 – 2011
Succeeded by
Steve Doyle