|97th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Preceded by||John Gard|
|Succeeded by||Michael J. Sheridan|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 94 district
|Preceded by||Virgil Roberts|
|Succeeded by||Steve Doyle|
July 19, 1964 |
|Alma mater||Oral Roberts University|
|Profession||Former marketing director, politician|
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Huebsch graduated from Onalaska High School and attended Oral Roberts University. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1995 through 2011. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Speaker of the Assembly. Huebsch, his wife, and family live in West Salem, Wisconsin.
While in the State Assembly, he and fellow Republican representative and future governor Scott Walker were involved in the "Wisconsin witch hunt" in 2001–02, in which they attempted to terminate the employment of state employee Jamyl Witch because of her beliefs as a Wiccan. Walker claimed that Witch's hiring as a prison chaplain raised "both personal and political concerns" because she "practice[d] a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths". Huebsch likewise said that "Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus," proposing to delete the state appropriation which funded Witch's position, although in the past he had repeatedly advocated increasing state funding for prison chaplains. Walker and Huebsch were ultimately unsuccessful in terminating Witch's employment.
Huebsch resigned from the Assembly after Walker, now Governor-elect, appointed Huebsch as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration on December 30, 2010. In a special election on May 3, 2011, the District 94 Assembly seat he had held for eight terms went to Democrat Steve Doyle.
In early 2015 Huebsch was moved to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. His position as Secretary of Administration is now held by Scott Neitzel. Huebsch will serve six years as is one of three commissioners.
- "Huebsch, Michael D.", Dictionary of Wisconsin History, Wisconsin Historical Society website. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- "Wiccan prison chaplain sparks controversy in Wisconsin," Americans United Bulletin, February 2002
- Toosi, Nahal. "Wiccan Rev. Witch raises some brows at Wisconsin prison." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reprinted December 9, 2001 in Seattle Times
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- Simon, Stephanie. "Wiccan Chaplain Brews Storm: Religion: Some taxpayers want the Rev. Jamyi Witch removed from her state job counseling prisoners." Los Angeles Times January 7, 2002
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Wisconsin State Representative - 94th District
1995 – 2011