George (Benedict Arnold) Petak (November 6, 1949) is a Republican Wisconsin politician. Born in Warren, Ohio, Petak graduated from Kent State University. He moved to Racine, Wisconsin, where he was a quality control manager. Petak was elected to the Racine School Board. In 1990, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate. In 1995, Petak, changed his vote on a controversial funding bill for the Miller Park stadium. He'd initially promised to vote against the bill, but changed his mind after being persuaded the Brewers would move out of town without a new park. Petak's deciding vote supported a 0.1 percent sales tax increase. Nine months later, Petak lost a recall election to State Assemblywoman Kimberly Plache. This resulted in Petak becoming the first Wisconsin legislator to be successfully recalled from office. In 2009, Petak opened a consulting business in Madison, Wisconsin.
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