Frank Lasee

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Frank G. Lasee
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Wisconsin State Senator Frank Lasee
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Alan Lasee
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 5, 2009
Preceded by Dale Bolle
Succeeded by Ted Zigmunt
Personal details
Born (1961-12-11) December 11, 1961 (age 53)
Oceanside, California
Political party Republican
Children 6
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
Profession Salesman, politician

Frank Lasee (born December 11, 1961) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate. He has represented the 1st Senate District since 2011, succeeding his cousin, Alan Lasee. Lasee previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 2nd Assembly District from 1995 to 2009.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Born in Oceanside, California to a Marine Corps officer stationed at Camp Pendleton on December 11, 1961 and subsequently raised in Green Bay and De Pere, Lasee graduated in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay with a major in history.[1][2][3] He is married and the father of six daughters.[4]

Prior to his election to the State Assembly in 1994, Lasee was the Ledgeview Town Board Chair from 1993 to 1997,[3] and was a telemarketing supervisor for an insurance company.[5]

Wisconsin legislature[edit]



Lassee lost his bid for an eighth term representing the 2nd Assembly District to Democrat Ted Zigmunt on November 4, 2008.[6] Lasee blamed his defeat on the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teachers' union, claiming they spent $250,000 on campaign ads.[7]


Frank's older cousin, Alan Lasee, announced his retirement from the Wisconsin Legislature on January 11, 2010. Frank Lasee competed with Democrat Monk Elmer for his cousin's old seat in the 2010 campaign, ultimately prevailing by twenty percentage points.[8]


In June 2014, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board alleging that Lasee was living outside of his district. The Party contended that while Lasee listed a town of Ledgeview address on his candidacy papers, he was actually living with his wife and children in Racine, which is outside of the 1st Senate District. The Government Accountability Board ultimately ruled to allow Lasee to stay on the ballot and leave the issue up to the voters.[9][10][11]


Lasee was a member of the State Assembly who dissented on many issues, including state budgets.[12] He was called an advocate of taxpayers, limited spending and an opponent of tax increases.[13][14] He was elected seven times.[15]

Some of his most notable proposals are as follows.

Taxpayer Protection Act

A 2006 proposal was the "Taxpayer Protection Act". The TPA proposed to tie governments revenue to inflation, population, personal income growth etc.[16]

Taxpayers Bill of Rights

A Taxpayers Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR, was introduced by Frank Lasee and Jeffrey Wood in 2004 in Wisconsin. They stated "taxpayers in this state need protection".[17][18] TABOR includes five basic provisions:[19]

  1. Limit state and school spending growth to population growth plus inflation.
  2. Limit county and municipalities the same way.
  3. Any increase in income, sales, franchise, or property tax rates, would require the approval of voters.
  4. Any proposal by the state or local governments to borrow money would require the approval of voters.
  5. Establish an emergency fund and budget stabilization fund.
Consumer’s Choice in Auto Insurance Act

Lasee authored Senate Bill 7, the companion bill to Assembly Bill 4 was later passed the legislature. AB4 lowered the cost of insurance by eliminating the stacking clause.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]

Senate Standing Committees
  • Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues
  • Committee on Insurance and Housing (Chair)
  • Committee on State and Federal Relations and Information Technology
  • Committee on Transportation and Elections
Joint Committees
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions (Co-Chair)
  • Joint Legislative Council
  • Governor's Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse[21]

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In September 2011, he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Democrat U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.[22][23] On January 29, 2012 he announced his withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Lasee is married to Amy Joy Lasee. They have six daughters, ranging in age from 7 to 16 years.[25]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin State Senate 1st District election, 2010 [8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Lasee 43,415 60.04
Democratic Monk Elmer 28,800 39.83
Republican hold
Wisconsin State Assembly 2nd District election, 2008 [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ted Zigmunt 16,008 52.12
Republican Frank Lasee (incumbent) 14,687 47.82
Democratic gain from Republican
Wisconsin State Assembly 2nd District election, 2006 [26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Lasee (incumbent) 15,347 89.30
Independent Write-in 1,839 10.70
Republican hold
Wisconsin State Assembly 2nd District election, 2004 [27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Lasee (incumbent) 21,848 99.36
Independent Write-in 141 0.64
Republican hold
Wisconsin State Assembly 2nd District election, 2002 [28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Lasee (incumbent) 10,920 62.53
Democratic Dan Katers 6,524 37.36
Republican hold


  1. ^ "Alumni: UW-Green Bay alums doing a capitol job," Inside, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay feature and news magazine, November 2005.
  2. ^ "Frank Lasee Biography" at Wisconsin State Legislature web site
  3. ^ a b Lasee, Frank G 1961 at Wisconsin Historical Society
  4. ^ "District Information - Wisconsin State Legislature". 1961-12-11. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  5. ^ Assembly members, part 1 in 2003-2004 Legislative Directory at
  6. ^ a b "2008 General Election - State Assembly - County-by-County Canvass". Wisconsin State Elections Board. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lasee denounces teachers union after loss". Green Bay Press-Gazette. November 5, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "2010 General Election - State Senate - County-by-County Canvass" (PDF). Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Journal Sentinel Staff (June 6, 2014). "Democrats contend Frank Lasee doesn't live in his district". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (June 7, 2014). "Democrats say GOP senator lives outside district". Sheboygan Press. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Beckett, Andrew (June 10, 2014). "GAB rules on ballot challenges". Wisconsin Radio Network. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Frank Lasee to vote not" Herald Times Reporter, October 22, 2007.
  13. ^ Lasee proposes another version of TPA by Bob Hague, Wisconsin Radio Network, April 26, 2006
  14. ^ "'Hold the line' on budget, lawmakers told" Herald Times Reporter, October 18, 2007
  15. ^ Rep. Frank Lasee talks about his political choices by Warren Bluhm, Green Bay Press Gazette, October 14, 2007.
  16. ^ Taxpayer Protection Act presentation, April 11, 2006 with Frank Lasee and Jim Perry
  17. ^ Regents, Assembly speaker discuss implications of "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" UW #System News, March 4, 2004
  18. ^ The University of Wisconsin System Legislative Update April 23, 2004
  19. ^ Wisconsin Needs a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by Frank Lasee, Budget & Tax News, The Heartland Institute, February 1, 2004
  20. ^
  21. ^ "District Information - Wisconsin State Legislature". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  22. ^ "Lasee says he's 'quite likely' to run for Senate". 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  23. ^ Walker, Don. "Frank Lasee plans to run for U.S. Senate". JSOnline. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  24. ^ "Lasee ends US Senate campaign". 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  25. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  26. ^ "2006 General Election - State Assembly - County-by-County Canvass". Wisconsin State Elections Board. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  27. ^ "2004 General Election - State Assembly - County-by-County Canvass". Wisconsin State Elections Board. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  28. ^ "2002 General Election - State Assembly - County-by-County Canvass". Wisconsin State Elections Board. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Alan Lasee
Wisconsin State Senator - 1st District
2011 – present
Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Dale Bolle
Wisconsin State Representative - 2nd District
1995 – 2009
Succeeded by
Ted Zigmunt