|Member of the Wisconsin Senate|
from the 8th district
Assumed office |
January 4, 1993
|Preceded by||Joseph Czarnezki|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 10th district
|Preceded by||Betty Jo Nelson|
|Succeeded by||Annette Polly Williams|
April 28, 1944|
|Residence||River Hills, Wisconsin|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
Alberta Darling (born April 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 8th District since 1993. She previously served in the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 10th district from 1990 through 1993. In August 2011, opponents forced a recall election against Darling, but Darling defeated the Democratic challenger, Sandy Pasch, 54 percent to 46 percent.
Early life, education, and career
Darling was born in Hammond, Indiana. She graduated from Richwoods High School in Illinois, and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1966. She did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 1972 to 1974. Darling is married to William Darling and has two children and two grandchildren.
Before being elected to political office, Darling was a teacher and marketing director.
Darling first joined the Wisconsin State Legislature by winning a special election in 1990 for the 10th district (defeating Rick Graber in the primary). She served the remainder of the term and a full two-year term in the State Assembly before being elected in 1992 to the state Senate. Since 2000, she has served on the Joint Finance Committee.
On April 20, 2011, the recall campaigns announced that they had gathered nearly 30,000 signatures, almost 10,000 more than the recall threshold.[better source needed] Darling won the general recall election on August 9, 2011, with 54 percent of the vote.
|Democratic||Sheldon A. Wasserman||49,118||49.45%|
- Barbour, Clay and Mary Spicuzza. "Republicans hold off Dems in recalls, win enough seats to keep majority in Senate". Wisconsin State Journal, August 10, 2011.
- Senator Alberta Darling (WI) Project VoteSmart. Accessed June 6, 2011
- "Who's who on the Joint Finance Committee Archived 2013-02-10 at Archive.is". Wausau Daily Herald, April 7, 2011. Accessed June 6, 2011
- "Committee to Recall Darling". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. March 9, 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "Alberta Darling Becomes Fifth Republican Senator to Face Recall in Wisconsin". April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
- Steve Schultze. "Darling claims victory over Pasch in costly race". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 10, 2011.
- "Fall General Election – 11/04/2008; State Senate, District No. 8". Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "August 9 recall election results". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.