Stephen Nass

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Stephen L. Nass
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Neal Kedzie
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 33rd district
In office
2013–2015
Succeeded by Cody Horlacher
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 31st district
In office
1991–2013
Succeeded by Amy Loudenbeck
Personal details
Born (1952-10-07) October 7, 1952 (age 64)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Residence La Grange, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Profession Politician
Website http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/legislators/senate/1334

Stephen L. Nass (born October 7, 1952) is a Wisconsin politician and legislator.

Biography[edit]

Born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, Nass graduated from Whitewater High School before receiving a BS from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1978. He also received a MSEd from the same school in 1990.

He was a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard for 33 years.[1]

He served on the Whitewater Common Council and has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 1991, representing the 31st Assembly District[clarification needed], which includes the Town of La Grange, where he lives.[1] On November 4, 2014, Nass was elected to the Wisconsin 11th Senate District.[2]

Political positions[edit]

He has become known for his public adversarial relationship with the University of Wisconsin System,[3] a position that assumed greater significance in 2006 when Nass became chair of the Assembly's Colleges and Universities Committee, which oversees the entire UW System. He was characterized by Paul Soglin, the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, as "the outlaw chairman of an Assembly committee that is designed to destroy the University of Wisconsin System."[4] Nass has worked to cut funds for specific University programs that he disagreed with philosophically, saying that they are "too far to the left."[5]

Specific criticisms of the University are articulated in greatest detail by his spokesman and research assistant, Mike Mikalsen: according to one account,[6] "Nass ... acknowledges that Mikalsen dominates the conversation about the UW, explaining that legislators often don't have time to delve too deeply into issues."

When Republicans regained control of the State Assembly in the midterm elections of 2010, Nass also regained his old position as chair of the Colleges and Universities Committee,[7] triggering a new round of speculation about the implications for the future of Wisconsin higher education.[3]

Nass was also in the spotlight in May, 2010, when it was reported that he would introduce legislation banning pavement markers designed to minimize conflicts between bicyclists and motorists.[8][9] According to Nass, “It’s basically about liberal extremists in Madison who hate cars and think everyone should bike to work. ... It is basically making it difficult to use an automobile.”[9] Nass's position drew a caustic response from then Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who noted that Madison is 70 miles from the district that Nass represents. "Not having been able to solve a single significant state problem (which they actually got elected to do) in their combined 37 years in office these guys now want to micromanage the city of Madison. There's a way they can do that, of course. They can give up their seats in the Legislature and run for the Madison City Council."[10]

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