Updated: January 27, 2014
Senator Wirch was first elected to the Assembly in 1992 and to the Senate in 1996.
Senator Wirch was one of nine senators facing recall elections in 2011 spurred by the passage of Governor Scott Walker's plan to curtail public employee collective bargaining rights. He had no primary opposition and faced Republican opposition in the August recall election.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Inc. ($37,240), DLCC Wisconsin PAC ($26), Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund ($49,615), PCCC Recall Committee ($2,333), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund ($4,335), Voces de la Frontera Committee ($9,718), We Are Wisconsin PAC ($877,395), WEAC PAC ($87,670), Wisconsin Sierra Club Education Committee ($1,200) and Working America ($18,210) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Wirch.
Two groups, Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama PAC (estimated $12,500) and Our Country Deserves Better (estimated $12,500) made independent expenditures favoring Senator Wirch's opponent but did not register with the state Government Accountability Board or file any other legally required documentation.
2011 Recall Election Finance Summary
Raised: $307,725 - Spent: $354,555
Vote: 57.4% - Cost/Vote: $13.37
Disclosed Independent Spending $1,087,742
Estimated "issue ad" and independent spending: $0
Raised: $176,641 - Spent: $169,205
Vote: 42.5% - Cost/Vote: $8.61
Disclosed Independent Spending: $3,532
Estimated "issue ad" and independent spending: $25,000
Wirch’s Committee Assignments
2011-2012: Energy, Biotechnology and Consumer Protection; Labor, Public Safety and Urban Affairs; Natural Resources and Environment; Special Committee on Infant Mortality; Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce; Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation.
2009-2010: Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Environment; Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs; Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection (Chair); Joint Survey Retirement Systems (Co-chair); Small Business Regulatory Board; Joint Legislative Council; Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce.
*All figures represent candidate income before any returns.
|$37,733 (40.5%)||$55,387 (59.5%)|
*Includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Excludes any returned and self contributions.
Individuals and Committees*
|Civil servant/public employee||$7,027.08|
|Manufacturing & Distributing||$4,177.78|
|Telecommunications & Computers||$2,350.00|
|Banking & Finance||$960.89|
*Individual contributions includes all contributions from contributors of $100 or more to the candidate in a calendar year.
Committee contributions of any amount are included. Any returned and self contributions are excluded.
|Wirch, Robert & Mary||Pleasant Prairie, WI||Legislator||$8,900|
|Tenuta Family||Kenosha, WI||Tenuta's Deli & Liquors||$4,400|
|Edenhofer, Carl L & Karen R||Salem, WI||Edenhofer Law Offices/Brighton School||$3,600|
|Troha Family||Kenosha, WI||ATC Leasing Co/JHT Holdings Inc/Jupiter Transportation Co||$3,000|
|OConnor, John||Kenosha, WI||OConnor, DuMez, et al||$2,950|
|Meisler, Allen & Herbert||Birmingham, AL||Dairyland Greyhound Park||$2,855|
|Hanson, Thomas & Lois||Rhinelander, WI||Wisconsin Cable Communications Assn||$2,650|
|Broydrick, Bill & Cynthia||Washington, DC||Broydrick & Associates||$2,500|
|Gerrars, M William||La Crosse, WI||Gerrard Ventures||$2,500|
|Thompson, Michael||Kenosha, WI||Family Foot Clinics of Wisconsin||$2,410|