Pat Kreitlow

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Pat Kreitlow
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President pro tempore of the
Wisconsin Senate
In office
November 11, 2008 – January 3, 2011
President Fred Risser
Preceded by Tim Carpenter
Succeeded by Joe Leibham
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by David Zien
Succeeded by Terry Moulton
Personal details
Born (1964-07-03) July 3, 1964 (age 52)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharry Fritsch Kreitlow
Residence Cayman Islands[1]
Alma mater UW-Eau Claire (B.A.)
Religion Lutheran

Patrick J. Kreitlow (born July 3, 1964) is an American politician, former broadcaster, and communications consultant. A Democrat, Kreitlow was a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing Wisconsin's 23rd Senate district, from 2007 to 2011.[2] In November 2008, Kreitlow was elected President pro tempore of the Wisconsin State Senate by the Democratic Caucus.[3] He was defeated for reelection in 2010 by Terry Moulton.[4] Kreitlow ran for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district seat in the 2012 election against incumbent Sean Duffy, who was reelected.[5]

Early life, education, and journalism career[edit]

Born in 1964 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to parents Joan and Jerry Kreitlow, Kreitlow graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1982, then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 1986.[6] He and his wife, Sharry, have two daughters, Samantha and Chelsea.[7]

Kreitlow is a former journalist, having worked at WAXX-FM/WAYY and other radio stations. He joined the news department of WEAU-TV in the mid-1990s, becoming the 6pm anchor and 10pm co-anchor in 1998. Kreitlow left WEAU-TV in May 2005. He also served as the president of the Western Wisconsin Press Club.[8]

Wisconsin Senate[edit]



Kreitlow was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006, defeating 17-year incumbent Republican State Senator David Zien 51%-49%, a difference of just 1,096 votes.[9][10]


In May 2010, numerous news sources mentioned Kreitlow as a possible candidate for the open United States House of Representatives seat from Wisconsin's 7th congressional district following the retirement of Congressman Dave Obey. He later declined to enter the race and endorsed Democratic State Senator Julie Lassa in her run for the seat.[11][12][13]

On November 2, 2010, Terry Moulton, former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, defeated Kreitlow 54%-46%.[14][15]


Kreitlow delivered the 2010 Senate Democratic response to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's State of the State Address. In November 2009, along with Senators Julie Lassa and Jon Erpenbach, Kreitlow announced the Senate Democrats CORE business growth initiative.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

During his tenure, he served on the Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology, Economic Development, Job Creation, Family Prosperity and Housing, Education; Ethics Reform and Government Operations; and Public Health, Senior Issues, Long Term Care and Privacy committees. Kreitlow served as chair of the committee on Rural Issues and Information Technology and the Special Committee on Domestic Bio-fuels.[17]

2012 congressional election[edit]

Kreitlow ran for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district seat in the November 2012 election.[5] The incumbent representative, Sean Duffy, was reelected.


  1. ^, ROD STETZER. "Obey pulls off surprise, salutes Kreitlow". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Democratic Caucus (2008-09-05). "Pat Kreitlow for Senate". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ The Chippewa Herald (2008-11-12). "State Sen. Kreitlow Elected Senate President Pro Tempore". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Campaign Community Icontact (2008-05-01). "Pat Kreitlow General Information". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ a b Wisconsin Radio Network (2011-04-25). "Kreitlow launches House bid". 
  6. ^ Facebook (2010-05-07). "State Senator Pat". Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Hot Races in 2006". Progressive Majority. 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  8. ^ name=early career>Assorted Authors (2006-11-02). "Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ Wisconsin Senate (2007-01-02). "Wisconsin Senator Pat Kreitlow". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - WI Senate 23 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  11. ^, ROD STETZER. "Kreitlow mentioned as possible candidate for 7th District seat". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Dems Scrambling To Pick New Candidate For Obey's Seat". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - WI Senate 23 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Herald, Chippewa. "Dunn County News". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Wisconsin Senate Democrats (2010-01-26). "Democratic Response to Governor Scott Walker's 2010 State of the State Address". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  17. ^ Kreitlow, Pat (2009-06-08). "Senate Biography". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

External links[edit]

Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
David Zien
Wisconsin State Senator - 23rd District
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
Terry Moulton