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  Kapanke, Dan
NameDan Kapanke
Address1610 Lakeshore Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603, United States
Website [Link]
Born Unknown
ContributorThe Oncoming Storm
Last ModifedHomegrown Democrat
Aug 18, 2011 05:25pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Removed From Office - Christian - Straight -
InfoRaised 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.

Military Veteran

Dan has a distinguished military record as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Wisconsin National Guard.

Successful Businessman

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.

Community Leader

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.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/05/2011-08/07/2011 Public Policy Polling 43.00% ( 2.0) 55.00% ( 1.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
06/23/2011-06/26/2011 Public Policy Polling 41.00% ( 0.0) 54.00% ( 1.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
03/11/2011-03/13/2011 Public Policy Polling 41.00% ( 0.0) 55.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)

Title Purchase Contributor

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jun 01, 2011 04:00pm General Kapanke hopes public employees "are sleeping" during recall vote  Article COSDem 
Apr 01, 2011 12:15am News Democrats: We have the signatures in (WI St. Sen.) Kapanke recall effort  Article AJ 
Nov 03, 2010 11:25am General Ron Kind Challenger Keeps Door Open for 2012 Rematch  Article Jason 
Aug 13, 2009 03:00am General [WI]GAB Letter Clears Kapanke  Article Penguin 
Aug 08, 2009 09:25pm General [WI]Democrats say senator's staff campaigned on state time   Article Penguin 

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  11/03/2020 WI State Senate 32 Lost 49.67% (-0.60%)
  11/08/2016 WI State Senate 32 Lost 48.79% (-0.07%)
  08/09/2016 WI State Senate 32 - R Primary Won 90.53% (+81.07%)
  08/09/2011 WI State Senate 32 - Recall Lost 44.60% (-10.80%)
  01/03/2011 WI State Senate - Majority Caucus Chair Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2010 WI - District 03 Lost 46.49% (-3.80%)
  09/14/2010 WI - District 03 - R Primary Won 76.94% (+53.96%)
  11/04/2008 WI Senate 32 Won 51.38% (+2.85%)
  09/09/2008 WI Senate 32 - R Primary Won 99.73% (+99.47%)
  11/02/2004 WI State Senate 32 Won 52.54% (+5.08%)
  09/14/2004 WI State Senate 32 - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2000 WI State Senate 32 Lost 48.96% (-2.07%)
  09/12/2000 WI State Senate 32 - R Primary Won 57.42% (+32.51%)
C00464842 KAPANKE FOR CONGRESS $ 391.36