Gordon Hintz

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Gordon Hintz
Gordon Hintz 2010.jpg
Minority Leader of the Wisconsin Assembly
Assumed office
October 1, 2017
Preceded byPeter Barca
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 54th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded byGregg Underheim
Personal details
Born (1973-11-29) November 29, 1973 (age 45)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHamline University (BA)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (MA)

Gordon N. Hintz is a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 54th Assembly District since his election in 2006. Since October 1, 2017, he has served as Assembly Minority Leader, replacing Peter Barca, who stepped down after nearly seven years in that position.

Early career[edit]

Prior to serving in the Legislature, Hintz worked in government at the federal, state, and local levels. Hintz worked on the 1996 U.S. Senate campaign of Paul Wellstone before going to work for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and former U.S. Representative Jay W. Johnson as a Legislative Staff Assistant in Washington, D.C. Hintz also served as a Research Assistant for Governor Tommy Thompson’s Commission on State and Local Partnerships for the 21st Century (Kettl Commission) and worked as a Management Assistant and Budget Analyst for the City of Long Beach, California.

Legislative career[edit]

During the 2011 Wisconsin budget protests on February 18, 2011, Hintz delivered an impassioned and widely commented on speech against Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to strip public unions of collective bargaining rights.[1][2][3][4]


Hintz publicly apologized on February 28 for comments directed at fellow legislator, Republican Assemblywoman Michelle Litjens during a heated backroom debate, after Republicans allegedly breaking procedural rules to end a 58-hour debate on the contentious budget. Litjens said she did not take the comments personally and thought they were directed at all Republicans but thought he should be disciplined by the Assembly.[5][6]

Police in Appleton, Wisconsin, ticketed Hintz on Feb. 10, 2011 for sexual misconduct at Heavenly Touch Massage Parlor in Appleton. Police had been investigating the business because it was suspected of prostitution.

Hintz pleaded no contest to sexual misconduct and paid a fine of $2,032, according to a news report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said he made "a bad decision" that "was out of character" and apologized for disappointing his family, friends and community.



Hintz placed second in the 2003 National Air Guitar championships under the pseudonym, "Krye Tuff".[8] He appears in the documentary Air Guitar Nation about the 2003 championships.


  1. ^ TMP Talking Points on Hintz's February 18, 2011 speech
  2. ^ "State Rep. Gordon Hintz apologizes for comments made on Assembly floor following budget repair bill vote". Oshkosh Northwestern, February 28, 2011. Archived at [1]
  3. ^ MSNBC, February 21, 2011, The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell
  4. ^ CNN, February 19, 2011, CNN Newsroom, 10:00 AM
  5. ^ Craver, Jack (2011-03-02). "Republicans, Democrats exchange accusations of incivility". Isthmus. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  6. ^ Hintz apologizes for comments on the Assembly floor Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ http://archive.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/116619353.html
  8. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/2005-07-21/music/live-in-la

External links[edit]

Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Peter Barca
Minority Leader of the Wisconsin Assembly