Penny Bernard Schaber

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Penny Bernard Schaber
Penny Bernard Schaber.jpg
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 57th district
In office
January 3rd, 2009 – January 3rd, 2015
Preceded by Steve Wieckert (R)
Succeeded by Amanda Stuck
Personal details
Born (1953-11-05) November 5, 1953 (age 63)
Mundelein, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dale
Residence Appleton, Wisconsin
Alma mater Southern Illinois University,
Northwestern University Medical School
Occupation physical therapist
Religion Roman Catholic

Penny Bernard Schaber is a member of Democratic Party, and former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 57th Assembly District from 2009 to 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Schaber was raised in Mundelein, Illinois and remained in Illinois to complete her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University. After graduation, she volunteered for the Peace Corps working at a hospital in Campo Grande, Brazil. When she returned to the United States, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received a degree in physical therapy. Penny Bernard Schaber's career in healthcare brought her to Wisconsin where she started working in hospitals in Milwaukee and moved to the Fox Valley in 1984.[1]

Before entering politics, Bernard Schaber worked as a physical therapist in local hospitals, community nursing homes, in private practice, and in schools. With a passion for the environment, she was active in the Fox River Cleanup Plan. In order to obtain a better understanding of environmental issues, Bernard Schaber returned to school in 1985 to complete an Associate Degree in Natural Resources at Fox Valley Technical College. As a member of the Fox Valley Sierra Group and as Chairperson for Wisconsin’s John Muir Chapter for the Sierra Club, she has been very active in local and statewide natural resources.[1]


Some of the legislation that Rep. Bernard Schaber has worked on and co-authored during the 2009 Legislative Session that were passed and signed into law as Wisconsin Acts include:

  • AB 266: If a Business is closing or having mass layoff, the employer is required to provide contact information to the local workforce development board and support services information to affected employees.
  • SB 107: The E-Waste law requires manufacturers to collect and recycle certain electronic devices, including computers, TV’s and printers, and establishes recycling targets for manufacturers based on their sales.
  • AB 111 This Bill allows people who are denied by one insurer to enroll in a HISRP, whereas before they needed denials from two insurers before enrolling.
  • AB 112: This Bill ends the statutory lifetime limit on benefits under HIRSPs.
  • AB 275: This Bill creates a separate Physical Therapy Examining Board, which is separate from the Medical Examining Board.
  • AB 308: It allows police officers to safely escort vehicles through red lights and stop signs.
  • SB 379: The school board of school's closing or reopening schools must notify the Department of Public Instruction.
  • AB 261: The Check Scam Protection Act prohibits this practice of sending out seemingly normal checks that commit people or businesses to a contract they did not intend to sign up for.[2]


In the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, Rep. Bernard Schaber serves on the Jobs, Economy and Mining Committee and is the minority ranking member of the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions.[3] In addition, Rep. Bernard Schaber is a member of the Governor's Council on Highway Safety.

In the 2011-2012 Legislative Session, Rep. Bernard Schaber was a member of the Jobs, Economy and Small Business Committee, the Transportation Committee,[4] and was the minority ranking member on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee.

In the 2009-2010 Legislative Session, Bernard Schaber was a member of the Health and Health Care Reform Committee, the Public Health Committee, the Transportation Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Jobs, the Economy, and Small Business Committee.[5]


In 2008 Bernard Schaber was elected into the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 57th District after defeating Jo Egelhoff 15,383 - 11,560 in the November general election.[6]

Bernard Schaber won re-election November 2, 2010 defeating Republican challenger Chris Hanson 10,415 - 9,419.[7]

Bernard Schaber was re-elected to a third term on November 6, 2012 after receiving a write-in challenger, Brian Garrow. Bernard Schaber received 19,862 or 94% of the votes cast in the 57th Assembly District.[8]

Campaign for State Senate[edit]

On July 23, 2013 Penny Bernard Schaber announced her campaign for State Senate, challenging long-time incumbent Senator Mike Ellis[9]

On April 11, 2014 Senator Mike Ellis dropped his bid for re-election.[10] Bernard Schaber was defeated for the open 19th State Senate District on November 4, 2014.[11] Amanda Stuck was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly replacing Bernard Schaber.[12]


  1. ^ a b Wisconsin Blue Book 2009 – 2010 Biographies
  2. ^ "Bernard Schaber, Rep. Penny (57th A.Dist.; Dem.)". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Representative Penny Bernard Schaber". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Standing Committees of the Wisconsin Assembly". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2009 – 2010
  6. ^ "Elections Division - 2008 Fall Election Cycle". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fall 2010 general election results". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 2, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2012 Presidential and General Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bernard Schaber will challenge Ellis in state Senate". Appleton Post Crescent. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mike Ellis drops out of state Senate race". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Roth defeats Bernard Schaber for Senate". WHBY. 5 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Cheung, Ariel (5 November 2014). "Stuck takes vacated 57th District Assembly seat". Appleton Post Crescent. 

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