Wisconsin US House candidate biographies



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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Here's a look at the candidates running for the U.S. House in Wisconsin's eight congressional districts, with basic biographical information:

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District 1

NAME — Paul Ryan

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 44

RESIDES — Janesville

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Miami University, 1992.

CAREER — Has served in Congress since 1999. Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012.

PERSONAL — Married, three children.

NAME — Rob Zerban

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 46

RESIDES — Kenosha

EDUCATION— Culinary Institute of America.

CAREER — Started and operated two small businesses in corporate food management and catering, which were sold in 2008. Served on Kenosha County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2012 and currently sits on the board of the Wisconsin Business Alliance.

PERSONAL — Married.

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District 2

NAME — Mark Pocan

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 50

RESIDES — Vermont, Wisconsin

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986.

CAREER — Has served in Congress since 2013. Served in Wisconsin Assembly from 1999 to 2013.

PERSONAL — Married.

NAME — Peter Theron

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 58

RESIDES — Madison

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Princeton University, 1978; doctorate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988.

CAREER — Taught mathematics, statistics and computer science at UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater, Beloit College and Madison College. Worked as a computer programmer and trained computer programmers.

PERSONAL — Married.

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District 3

NAME — Ron Kind

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 51

RESIDES — La Crosse

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; master's degree, London School of Economics; law degree, University of Minnesota.

CAREER — Interned for former U.S. Sen. Bill Proxmire, worked for Quarles & Brady law firm, served as a prosecutor in La Crosse County. Serves on boards of Boys and Girls Club of La Crosse and Coulee Council on Alcohol and Addictions. Volunteers for Horton's Kids in Washington, D.C.

PERSONAL — Married, two children.

NAME — Tony Kurtz

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 47

RESIDES — Prairie du Chien

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Embry-Riddle University, 1989; master's degree, Troy State University, 1997.

CAREER — Retired after 20 years as an Army aviator. Now farms and trains military members in accident investigation.

PERSONAL — Married, two children.

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District 4

NAME — Gwen Moore

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 62

RESIDES — Milwaukee

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Marquette University, 1973.

CAREER — Has served in Congress since 2005. Established the Cream City Credit Union while working as a VISTA Volunteer. Worked for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority before serving in the state Assembly from 1989 to 1992 and state Senate from 1993 to 2004.

PERSONAL — No information provided.

NAME — Dan Sebring

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 57

RESIDES — Milwaukee

EDUCATION— High school graduate; The Leadership Institute, 2009.

CAREER — Owns an auto repair shop. Served as chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Staff during the Reagan administration.

PERSONAL — No information provided.

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District 5

NAME — F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 71

RESIDES — Menomonee Falls

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Stanford University, 1965; law degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968.

CAREER — Has served in Congress since 1979. Served in Wisconsin Assembly from 1969 to 1975 and state Senate from 1975 to 1979.

PERSONAL — Married, two children.

NAME — Chris Rockwood

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 49

RESIDES — Wauwatosa

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Rice University, 1985.

CAREER — Technical marketing engineer for Mentor Graphics Corp. Worked previously for Apple Computer and several startup companies.

PERSONAL — Married.

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District 6

NAME — Glenn Grothman

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 59

RESIDES — Campbellsport

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison; law degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

CAREER — State senator, member of Legislature's budget committee. Previously a practicing attorney in the areas of estate planning, probate and real estate and also a tax preparer.

PERSONAL — Single.

NAME — Mark Harris

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 59

RESIDES — Oshkosh

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, University of Michigan, 1977; law degree, University of Michigan, 1982.

CAREER — Winnebago County Executive. Worked previously as an accountant and attorney, including as a trust officer for Associated Bank. Has served on the Oshkosh City Council and the boards of Fox Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Counties Association.

PERSONAL — Married, three children.

NAME — Gus Fahrendorf

PARTY — Libertarian

AGE — 48

RESIDES — Neenah

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1993.

CAREER — Owns a small business focused on Internet marketing. Previously had a residential construction company. Volunteers for Christ the Rock Church in Menasha.

PERSONAL — Married, four children.

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District 7

NAME — Sean Duffy

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 43

RESIDES — Wausau

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, St. Mary's University; law degree, William Mitchell College of Law.

CAREER — Served in Congress since 2011. Previously served as district attorney in Ashland County. Worked his way through college as a competitive lumberjack. Starred in the sixth season of MTV's "The Real World."

PERSONAL — Married, seven children.

NAME — Kelly Westlund

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 31

RESIDES — Ashland

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Northland College, 2007; fellow, Leadership Wisconsin, formerly Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program.

CAREER — Consultant whose clients include the Bayfield Regional Food Producers Cooperative, Bayfield Shores Harvest Trail and Lake Superior CSA. Previously served as executive director of the nonprofit Alliance for Sustainability and taught sustainable community development at Northland College. Served on the Ashland City Council from 2011 to this year.

PERSONAL — Married.

NAME — Lawrence Dale

PARTY — Green Party

AGE — 66

RESIDES — Eagle River

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, Ohio University, 1972; master's degree, University of Oregon, 1978.

CAREER — Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Worked for various labor organizations between 1977-1994, including SEIU, United Electrical and National Hospital Union. Currently sells insurance.

PERSONAL — Single.

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District 8

NAME — Reid Ribble

PARTY — Republican

AGE — 58

RESIDES — Sherwood

EDUCATION— High school graduate.

CAREER — Has served in Congress since 2011. Owner and president of The Ribble Group, 1982-2009. Past president of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Served on the boards of Life Promotions and YMCA of the Fox Valley.

PERSONAL — Married, two children, two grandchildren.

NAME — Ron Gruett

PARTY — Democrat

AGE — 64

RESIDES — Chilton

EDUCATION— Bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1973; Master's degree, Lesley University, 1993.

CAREER — Professor at Marian University. Previously taught in Brillion public schools and at Fox Valley Technical College. Chilton Lion's Club member.

PERSONAL — Married, three children, three grandchildren.

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