Fifty Three to Fifty Six: Dean Kaufert - 55th Assembly Republican

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dean Kaufert - 55th Assembly Republican

Born Outagamie County, May 23, 1957; married; 2 children. Graduate Neenah H.S. Trophy and Awards store owner. Member: Winnebago Co. Republican Party; Neenah-Menasha Breakfast Optimists (former pres.); Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Neenah City Council 1985-91.
Elected to Assembly since 1990. Majority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 1997, 1995; Minority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 1993.

Madison Office: Room 308 East State Capitol P.O. Box 8952 Madison 53708

Phone: (608) 266-5719 or (888) 534-0055, Fox Valley (920) 729-0521 Fax(608) 282-3655

Email: Representative Dean Kaufert Staff: Diane Harmelink Cale Battles Matt Kussow Liz Boelter

District Map: GO HERE

2005 - 2006 Committee Assignments: Committee on Audit Joint Committee on Audit Committee on Employment Relations Joint Committee on Employment Relations Committee on Finance (Chair) Joint Committee on Finance (Co-Chair) Joint Legislative Road to the Future Committee

For a list of bills sponsored or authored bu Dean, visit:

Organizations: Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Neenah-Menasha Bowling Association, Member/Former President of Neenah-Menasha Breakfast Optimists.

Visit for a breakdown of Dean's positions/voting history on issues

Recent endorsements: Endorsements: NRA,Tavern League, Counties Assoc, Sherriffs Assoc,Grocers Assoc. NFIB, Steam Fitters Local 601, Wisc Council of Carpenters, Wi Pipe Trades, Wisconsin Realtors

Question and Answer from Channel 5:

Q: How can you best change the rising costs of health care?
A: Providing Consumers with information to make good decisions, past session we passed the healthcare transparency act, making providers provide costs and success rates to consumers. Also I authored HSA Health Savings Accounts tax deductable for Individuals as another option.(Governor vetoed it.) We need to also provide incentives for pooling (aloowing small groups to join larger pools for better pricing. Continue to support Seniorcare (prescription drugs for elderly) and Familycare, Also workplace wellness programs tax incentives.

Q: How do you propose to lighten the property tax burden?
A: I supported the Property Tax Freeze this past session. Controlling our spending in Madison and putting reasonable limits on all spending will help.

Q: What is your position on a Wisconsin Taxpayer Bill of Rights?
A: Supported both versions last session. Believe that it will not have the support to pass next session. I plan on continuing to support Limits on state spending, but will probably not support TABOR on local governments next session.

Q: How do you propose to make Wisconsin more energy efficient/self-sufficient?
A: By Supporting incentives on renewable energy we will lessen our dependence on foreign oil. We must create programs and financial opportunities for bio-diesel, wind energy etc. I have a proven record of supporting these initiatives in the past

Q: What are your priorities for your term in office?
A: GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. We cannot continue to have a structural deficit as large as it is. As the chair of the Jt. Finance Committe I have tried to limit our bonding because paying interest on our debt must be brought under control. The problem in Madison is not enough revenue but too much spending. We must prioritize our spending.Government cannot be every thing to everybody. The taxpayers ability to pay must not be forgotten.Also we must do more to help Wisconsin businesses compete and lower our tax burden so companies locate here and retain good paying jobs. Lastly passing ethics reform will be a priority for me, I support SB1 and will insist on a vote next session.

Q: What do you believe sets you apart from your opponents?
A: I have a proven record of working on issues and getting them done. My experience as a local businessman and in local government and my years representing this areas citizens interests set me apart. I work well with members on both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats and believe that we must end the extreme partisianship in Madison and work together to suceed.

Sources: Rep Kaufert's website, project vote smart, channel 5


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