Tom Nelson (politician)
|Executive of Outagamie County|
April 19, 2011
|Preceded by||Toby Paltzer|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 5th district
January 2005 – January 2011
|Preceded by||Becky Weber|
|Succeeded by||Jim Steineke|
March 3, 1976 |
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carleton College
Nelson was the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives seat for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district in 2016. He was defeated in the general election by Republican Mike Gallagher.
Nelson is a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 5th Assembly District (northeastern Outagamie County and the Town of Maple Grove) from 2005 - 2011. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2004, defeating Republican incumbent Becky Weber 15,014 to 14,249; and was assigned to the standing committees on health, insurance, rural development and transportation.
He was re-elected twice, and was elected Assembly Majority Leader in 2008.
Run for Lieutenant Governor
In 2010, Nelson announced that he was running for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, rather than seek re-election to the Assembly. On September 14, he won the Democratic nomination in a four-way race, winning an absolute majority (52%) over state senator Spencer Coggs (21%) and two others. Nelson and running mate Tom Barrett (who ran as a ticket) were defeated in the 2010 general election by Rebecca Kleefisch and Scott Walker. His assembly seat was taken by Republican Jim Steineke.
On April 5, 2011, Nelson defeated former Republican State Treasurer of Wisconsin Jack Voight for county executive of Outagamie County, by roughly 52% - 48%. Voight recognized the political unrest stemming from Scott Walker's policy drive to eliminate public workers' collective bargaining powers, saying "The labor movement has not only energized the Democratic Party base but a lot of the independents".
2016 U.S. House of Representatives election
On April 7, 2016, Nelson announced that he would run for the U.S. Congress seat being vacated by retiring Representative Reid Ribble. Nelson was defeated in the general election by Republican Mike Gallagher, who won 63% of the vote.
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