Tim Michels

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Timothy J. Michels
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Tim Michels
Personal details
Born August 7, 1962[1]
Lomira, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara[1]
Children Hank, Sophie, Will
Alma mater Illinois Institute of Technology, St. Norbert College, University of Chicago[1]
Occupation Co-owner and Vice President of Michels Corporation, Brownsville, Wisconsin

Timothy J. Michels (born August 7, 1962) is a businessman from Brownsville, Wisconsin. He co-owns and co-manages Michels Corporation, a family-owned and operated construction company,[1] the largest in Wisconsin.

Michels was the 2004 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Wisconsin, running against the incumbent, Russ Feingold. Michels lost in the general election to Feingold; 55% to 44%.

Family and personal life[edit]

Michels and his wife Barbara

Michels graduated from Lomira High School in 1980, and obtained a bachelor's degree in political science in 1984 from St. Norbert College.[1] He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1997 and an MPA from the Illinois Institute of Technology the same year.[1]

Michels has 12 years of active duty service as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of Major.[1] He is a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Michels is married to Barbara; they have three children. He works at Michels Corporation in Brownsville, Wisconsin, the small farming town where he grew up.

Business career[edit]

Michels is co-owner and vice-president of Michels Corporation, Brownsville, Wisconsin,[2] a utility construction firm.

Electoral history[edit]

In 1998 Michels made a bid for the state Senate, losing in the Republican primary. He won 43 percent of the vote in a four-way primary.[1]

2004 U.S. Senate Election[edit]

In 2004, Michels, defeated Russ Darrow, Jr., State Senator Bob Welch, and attorney Robert Lorge in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He holds the record through 2010 for the most votes for a Republican in the history of Wisconsin.[2]

The two sparred on such topics as Feingold's opposition to the Patriot Act, taxes, health care, and Feingold's opposition to the George W. Bush administration policies.[3] [4] The military veteran Michels strongly supported the Iraq War.[3] Feingold pointed out Michel's political inexperience.[3] Michels lost the general election to Russ Feingold, 55% to 44%.[5]

Of particular interest in this election was a study conducted by Princeton University in 2005.[6] They found that a quick look at a candidate’s photograph — a one-second exposure — created an initial impression that often lasted through the more deliberative process that helps a voter decide. The researchers showed study participants photos of Tim Michels and Russ Feingold, and were able to predict the outcome of the election based solely on facial appearances.[7][8]

Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Russell D. Feingold 1,632,697 55
Republican Tim Michels 1,301,183 44
Libertarian Arif Khan 8,367 1
Independent Eugene A. Hem 6,662 1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tim Michels". Washington Post. June 30, 2004. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Marley, Patrick (August 17, 2009). "Doyle vows to finish term". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Kinzer, Stephen (October 11, 2004). "In Swing-State Wisconsin, Foreign Policy and Domestic Security Stir a Senate Race". New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin". New York Times. November 4, 2004. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Bauer, Scott. "Obama Returning University of Wisconsin to Court Young Voters". Associated Press. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.sciencemag.org/content/308/5728/1623.abstract
  7. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8160433/ns/politics/t/babyface-kiss-death-politician/
  8. ^ "Science". The Washington Post. June 13, 2005. 

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