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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Tim Carpenter (Democratic Party) is a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 3. Carpenter assumed office in 2003. Carpenter's current term ends on January 2, 2023.

Carpenter (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate to represent District 3. Carpenter won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Elected at the age of 24, Carpenter served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1985 until 2003. He served as the Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore in 1993.

Carpenter was a 2015 candidate for District 11 of the Milwaukee Common Council in Wisconsin. The general election took place on August 18, 2015.

Carpenter is a graduate of Pulaski High School. He received a bachelor's degree from U.W. Milwaukee and a master's degree from the La Follette Institute of U.W. Madison.

Before becoming a legislator, he held jobs at both Rustlers Steak House and Federal Express. He is one of the two openly gay Wisconsin Senators.

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MA, La Follette Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professional Experience

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MA, La Follette Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Employee, Federal Express
  • Employee, Rustlers Steak House

Political Experience

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MA, La Follette Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Employee, Federal Express
  • Employee, Rustlers Steak House
  • Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 3, 2002-present
  • Candidate, Wisconsin State Senate, District 3, 2018
  • President Pro Tempore, Wisconsin State Senate, 2007-2008
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 4, 2004
  • Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1984-2000
  • Speaker Pro Tempore, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1993

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Health and Human Services Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Health Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Vice Chair, Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, Revenue Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Insurance and Housing Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Public Health, Human Services and Revenue Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Chair, Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care and Job Creation Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Tax Exemption Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology and Financial Institutions Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Committee

Member, Health and Human Services Committee

Member, Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology

Member, Joint Legislative Audit Committee

Member, Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MA, La Follette Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Employee, Federal Express
  • Employee, Rustlers Steak House
  • Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 3, 2002-present
  • Candidate, Wisconsin State Senate, District 3, 2018
  • President Pro Tempore, Wisconsin State Senate, 2007-2008
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 4, 2004
  • Assembly Member, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1984-2000
  • Speaker Pro Tempore, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1993
  • Member, Citizens Utility Board
  • Member, Democratic Party of Wisconsin
  • Member, Friends of Milwaukee County Parks
  • Member, Jackson Park Neighborhood Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs) Project
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, South Side Advancement Association

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Awarded 2007 "Russ Feingold Award for Service" by the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, "in recognition of a strong commitment to meeting the needs of seniors in Wisconsin."

    Awarded "Champion of Public Health" for the 2007-08 legislative session by the Wisconsin Public Health Association.

    Awarded "Conservation Champion" for the 2007-2008 legislative session by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

    A 98% lifetime "votes right" record with Labor

    Named Legislator of the Year in 2003 and 2008 from Milwaukee's Shepard Express

    Named Legislator of the Year in 2002 from Wisconsin Professional Fire Fighters

    Awarded several "Clean 16" environmental awards

  • Recognition for pro-environment voting record from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and Clean Wisconsin Action Fund

  • Falk Corp Employee

  • Telephone Operator

Elections

2018


General election
General election for Wisconsin State Senate District 3

Incumbent Tim Carpenter (D) won election in the general election for Wisconsin State Senate District 3 on November 6, 2018.

Tim Carpenter (D)
97.4%
36,875 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
2.6%
985 Votes

Total votes: 37,860

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 3

Incumbent Tim Carpenter advanced from the Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 3 on August 14, 2018.

Tim Carpenter (D)
100%
8,475 Votes

Total votes: 8,475

Republican primary election

No Republican candidates ran in the primary.


2015

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, held a special election for common council on August 18, 2015. A primary election took place on July 21, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 23, 2015. The election was held to fill the District 11 seat formerly held by Alder Joe Dudzik, who died in a motorcycle accident on May 22, 2015. In the primary election, Tim Carpenter and Mark Borkowski advanced past Dennis L. Bach, Michael Sugden Jr., Michael Wm. Lutz, Tim Kenney and Bob Delgadillo. Borkowski defeated Carpenter in the general election on August 18, 2015.

Milwaukee Common Council District 11 General Election, 2015

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Borkowski 50.7% 2,277
Tim Carpenter 48.9% 2,198
Write-in 0.4% 18
Total Votes 4,493
Source: City of Milwaukee Election Commission, "Official general election results," accessed August 24, 2015

Milwaukee Common Council District 11 Primary Election, 2015

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Carpenter 25.8% 1,069
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Borkowski 25.1% 1,043
Bob Delgadillo 22.1% 919
Michael Wm. Lutz 10.3% 426
Tim Kenney 10% 415
Michael Sugden Jr. 4.7% 196
Dennis L. Bach 1.9% 79
Write-in 0.1% 3
Total Votes 3,872
Source: City of Milwaukee Election Commission, "Official primary election results," accessed August 7, 2015

2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Tim Carpenter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election and was re-elected for another term.

2010

Carpenter was re-elected in the Senate District 3 in 2010. He had no primary opposition. His opponent in the November 2, 2010, general election was Republican Annette Miller Krznarich.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 3 (2010) General Election

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Carpenter (D) 23,401 61.09%
Annette Krznarich (R) 14,796 38.63%

Wisconsin Senate, District 3 Democratic Primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Carpenter (D) 5,589 99.43%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Tim Carpenter won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 3. He ran unopposed.

Tim Carpenter raised $26,156 for his campaign.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 3 (2006)

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Carpenter (D) 30,768
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