Joel Kleefisch

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Joel Kleefisch
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 38th district
Assumed office
2005
Preceded by Steven Foti[1]
Second Gentleman of Wisconsin
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Governor Scott Walker
Preceded by Cal Lawton
Personal details
Born (1971-06-08) June 8, 1971 (age 45)
Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Kleefisch
Residence Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Alma mater Pepperdine University
Profession Politician
Religion Christian & Missionary Alliance

Joel M. Kleefisch (born June 8, 1971) is an American politician and a former television reporter.[2] His wife, Rebecca Kleefisch, is also in state politics as the current Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.

Biography[edit]

Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Kleefisch graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1989. He attended Pepperdine University and received a B.A. in 1993.[3]

Kleefisch worked as a news researcher for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles during the summer of 1992. Upon graduation from Pepperdine he worked as a reporter for WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois from 1993 to 1994.[4] Kleefisch then was hired by WISN-TV as an assignment desk person and part-time reporter in 1994 before becoming a full-time general assignment reporter, where he worked until entering politics. As a reporter at WISN-TV, he appeared on CNN to discuss the trial of Mark Chmura.[5] He won an award for "Best investigative report or series" from the Milwaukee Press Club in 1999 for a piece about date rape drugs.[6] Rebecca was also a reporter and anchor for WISN and the two would marry in 1999 shortly after she moved to that station from Rockford, Illinois.[7] The couple now have two children.

Kleefisch was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[4] He represents Oconomowoc and surrounding areas. In 2009 he co-sponsored legislation to increase the penalties in Wisconsin for driving under the influence.[8]

On February 21, 2012, video was posted showing Kleefisch voting for absent members of the Assembly.[9] Although representatives claim that this practice is commonplace, and indeed legal as long as unseated members are actually inside the chamber itself,[10] claims by the person who captured the video have spurred allegations of voter fraud.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived November 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ 'The State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010. Biographical sketch of Joel Kleefisch, p. 45
  3. ^ "Joel Kleefisch, Currently Elected State Representative District 38, Wisconsin". Vote-la.org. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Assembly Member Joel Kleefisch - Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "CNN Transcript - Burden of Proof: Mark Chmura On Trial: Former Pro Football Player Accused of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Babysitter - February 2, 2001". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Contest & Honors presented by The Milwaukee Press Club". Milwaukeepressclub.org. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Wisconsin Legislature: Kleefisch, Rep. Joel M.(38th A.Dist.; Rep.)". Nxt.legis.state.wi.us. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Proof Of Voter Fraud In The Wisconsin State Assembly". YouTube. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Possible Voter Fraud by Joel Kleefisch". YouTube. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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