|Address||1610 Lakeshore Drive |
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603, United States
|Contributor||The Oncoming Storm|
|Last Modifed||Homegrown Democrat|
Aug 18, 2011 05:25pm
Caucasian - Married - Removed From Office - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Raised on a Farm in the Coulee Region |
Dan was born and raised on a 200 acre dairy farm in Coon Valley, a small town near La Crosse where he learned the importance of hard work, integrity and personal responsibility. After graduating from Onalaska Luther High School, Dan continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics and a Masters of Education in Professional Development, all while working full-time and raising a family.
Most importantly, Dan is a committed husband, father, and grandfather.
Dan has been married to his wife Ruth for 41 years.
Together they have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Dan has a distinguished military record as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Wisconsin National Guard.
Dan followed his passion for agriculture and began selling seed for Pride Seed Company and continued in the industry for 25 years, becoming district sales manager at Kaltenberg Seed Farms. While working as a seed salesman, Dan had the opportunity to meet hundreds of farmers throughout Western Wisconsin and knows firsthand that Wisconsin’s treasured agriculture industry is a foundation of our state’s economy.
Decades of leadership in the La Crosse region business community as a member of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation, La Crosse Area Visitors and Convention Bureau and La Crosse Area Planning Committee helped Dan find a calling to public service. Dan was active in local government for 13 years, serving on the Town of Campbell Board of Supervisors, including seven as Town Chair. As an active participant in local government, Dan has a vital perspective on how local communities are affected by state and federal policies.
Small Business Owner
In 2003, Dan and his wife Ruth brought the La Crosse Loggers baseball team to La Crosse. As a member of the Northwoods League, the summer collegiate baseball team has consistently ranked as one of the top contenders in the Northwoods League and ranks second in attendance. The Coulee Region has become devoted fans of the Loggers and the games at Copeland Park have become a summer tradition for many.
Wisconsin State Senator
Dan’s calling of public service led him down the path to the Wisconsin State Senate where he was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 to serve the people of the 32nd District. In the State Senate, Dan has become a common-sense reformer who has stood up to out-of-control Madison spending while finding innovative solutions to key problems in his district. Dan was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2010 by the Third District Congressional Republican Party, where he also received 94% of the vote in a straw poll in his bid for U.S. Congress and the official endorsement of party activists.