Neal Kedzie

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Neal Kedzie
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 11th district
In office
2002–2014
Preceded by Joanne Huelsman
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 43rd district
In office
1996–2002
Preceded by Charles Coleman
Succeeded by Debi Towns
Personal details
Born (1956-01-27) January 27, 1956 (age 58)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kerrie
Residence Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Profession State Senator
Religion Roman Catholic

Neal Kedzie (born January 27, 1956) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 11th District from 2002-2014. On May 6, 2014, Kedzie announced that he would not run for reelection; however, on June 16, 2014 he announced that he was resigning effective immediately, rather than serving out his term, to accept new employment.[1] He was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving the 43rd District from 1996 through 2002.[2]

The 11th Senate district includes Walworth County with the exception of three towns (East Troy, Richmond, and Whitewater); the town of Wheatland in Kenosha County; Waukesha County starting in the south in Eagle and the town of Mukwonago on the east, part of the city of Waukesha, north to Hartland and Chenequa, and then west to include parts of Oconomowoc and Oconomowoc Lake; and, Jefferson County from Palmyra north to the town of Concord, west to the village of Johnson Creek then south to the Rock County line with the exception of the town of Jefferson.

Wisconsin legislature[edit]

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kedzie served three terms in the 43rd District of the Wisconsin State Assembly. During his tenure in the Assembly, Kedzie served as the Chairman of the Environment Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tax Exemptions, and served as a member on several other committees including Financial Institutions, Natural Resources, and Aging and Long Term Care.

Kedzie served as Chairman of the LaGrange Town Board from 1988 through 1998. He also was the Chairman of the LaGrange Planning and Zoning Commission. Kedzie was an eleven-year member of the Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department and currently holds the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol.

Professionally, Kedzie has a business and communications background having formerly worked as Local Relations Representative for Wisconsin Electric Power Company and as Commercial/Industrial Coordinator for Wisconsin Southern Gas Company.

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Kedzie stated that since his first days in office, a trademark of his legislative accomplishments was his ability to build consensus among generally polarized groups and individuals. His work included environmental legislation to preserve wetlands, protect groundwater quantity and quality, strengthen air quality regulations, create more expediency for air and water permits, and to foster collaborative efforts between the regulators and the regulated.

Among the statutes that he sponsored that became law during his tenure:

  • 2009 WI Act 360 - Sign Language Interpreter Licensure
  • 2005 WI Act 450 – Anti-Price Gouging
  • 2005 WI Act 360 – Groundwater Quality
  • 2005 WI Act 25 – Eliminate taxation of Social Security income (in ’05-’07 Budget)
  • 2005 WI Act 90 – Drug Paraphernalia
  • 2005 WI Act 35 – Internet Hunting
  • 2005 WI Act 305 – Municipal Court Collections
  • 2003 WI Act 276 – Green Tier
  • 2003 WI Act 137 – Aldo Leopold Weekend
  • 2003 WI Act 313 – Sale of deer hunt licenses
  • 2003 WI Act 275 – Lake Districts
  • 2003 WI Act 179 – Fellow Mortals
  • 2003 WI Act 150 – Municipal Court Collections
  • 2003 WI Act 312 – Drycleaner Cleanup Response Fund
  • 2003 WI Act 88 – Special Wastes Usage
  • 2003 WI Act 231 – TAF Districts
  • 2003 WI Act 196 – Reckless/Intentional Homicide
  • 2003 WI Act 244 – Firearm Sighting
  • 2003 WI Act 66 – Forester Education Requirements
  • 2003 WI Act 242 – Damaged Timber
  • 2001 WI Act 6 – Isolated Wetlands
  • 2000 WI Act 147 – Wetland Mitigation
  • 2000 WI Act 146 – Local Roads Grant
  • 1998 WI Act 142 – Credit Export Act
  • 2007 Senate Bill 3 - Tax Free Pension Income
  • 2007 Senate Bill 4 - Graduated Tax Exemption
  • 2007 Senate Bill 449 - DUI Vehicle Restrictions
  • 2007 Senate Bill 545 - Charitable Wine Auctions
  • 2005 Senate Bill 310 – School Bullying
  • 2005 Senate Bill 165 – Charter Towns
  • 2005 Senate Bill 465 - Postdated Worthless Checks

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