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Brett Hulsey

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Brett Hulsey
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byMark Pocan
Succeeded byLisa Subeck
Constituency78th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded bySpencer Black
Succeeded byTerese Berceau
Constituency77th district
Personal details
Born (1959-04-28) April 28, 1959 (age 65)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materMiddlebury College
University of Oklahoma
WebsiteAssembly website

Brett Dudley Hulsey (born April 28, 1959) is a consultant, Democratic Party politician and legislator in Wisconsin.


Hulsey earned a B.A. in political economy from Middlebury College in 1982, and an M.S. in natural science from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. He is the owner of an energy and environmental consulting firm. He has served as a Dane County supervisor since 1998.[1]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2013 he had been married to Mary Kay for 19 years; they have one son (Tyler) and one daughter (Lea). On February 7, 2013 his wife filed for divorce.[2][3] He was issued a citation by Madison Police Department on July 12, 2012, for disorderly conduct at a Spring Harbor Beach on Lake Mendota in the City of Madison, on July 4, 2012. Hulsey pleaded no contest to the charge in court on August 15, 2012.[4]

Legislative career[edit]

Hulsey was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly's 77th district in 2010 to succeed fellow Democrat Spencer Black, receiving a plurality of 12,138 votes to 7,761 for Green Ben Manski, 4,666 for Republican David Redick, and 372 for David Olson of the Constitution Party.[5][6] This was one of only two races in the state where, in an election contested by both major parties, the first and second places were not taken by a Republican and a Democrat.[7] The other was the 25th Assembly district, where the former Democratic incumbent successfully ran as an independent against candidates from both major parties.[8]

After a redistricting by the Republican-controlled legislature, the 77th Assembly District boundaries were moved to the east. Since fellow Democrat Mark Pocan was running for Tammy Baldwin's Congressional seat, Hulsey ran in the modified 78th Assembly district. As in the 2010 race, the only serious challenge to the Democratic candidate in the 78th was a Green candidate, Jonathan Dedering (officially running as an independent); the Republicans did not even field a candidate. Hulsey won with 22,853 votes to 7323 for Dedering.[9][10] The revamped 77th District was in turn taken without opposition by Terese Berceau (another Democrat), who had previously represented the 76th district.

Run for governor[edit]

On April 21, 2014, Hulsey announced that instead of seeking re-election, he was running for governor in the Democratic primary. He faced Mary Burke in the primary,[11] but drew criticism when he protested the 2014 Wisconsin Republican Party Convention, calling Governor Scott Walker's agenda racist.[12]


  1. ^ "Wisconsin State Legislature". legis.wisconsin.gov. Wisconsin Legislature. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ Hulsey, Brett. "Brett Hulsey for Wisconsin: About Brett". brett4us.org. Blogger (service). Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Case Details for 2013FA000281 in Dane County". wcca.wicourts.gov/. Wisconsin Circuit Court. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ Davidoff, Judith (2012-08-29). "Wisconsin state Rep. Brett Hulsey pleads no contest to disorderly conduct charge". Isthmus: The Daily Page. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ Wisconsin State Legislature
  6. ^ "Fall 2010 general election results". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2010-11-02.
  7. ^ State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "2010 Fall General Election Results Summary - Post-Recount - PDF" Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Ryan, Damon. "Ziegelbauer reelected as Independent", Wisconsin Radio Network. November 3, 2010
  9. ^ ""2012 PRESIDENTIAL AND GENERAL ELECTION: G.A.B. Reporting System: County by County Report: Assembly - 78" Wisconsin Governmental Accountability Board; Report Generated - 11/21/2012 1:57:46 PM; p. 78" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
  10. ^ Hardy, Ron. "Dedering Could Take Advantage of Incumbent's Bizarre Behavior in Wisconsin Assembly Race". Green Party Watch. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  11. ^ Spicuzza, Mary."Rep. Brett Hulsey enters race for governor" Racine Journal Times April 21, 2014
  12. ^ Bice, Daniel. "Rep. Brett Hulsey can't sidestep reports of GOP caucus overtures" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 4, 2014