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Video of the Wisconsin State Legislature


11th Senate District

 
 

State Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate, 11th District seat in the November 2002 election, and was re-elected November 2006 and November 2010.

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For the 2013-14 session, Senator Kedzie's committee assignments are as follows:

  • Senate Natural Resources Committee (Chair)

  • Joint Survey Committee on Criminal Penalties (Co-Chair)

  • Senate Energy, Consumer Protection, and Government Reform Committee (Vice-Chair)

  • Senate Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications, Committee

  • Wisconsin Building Commission

  • Sporting Heritage Council

  • Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB)

Senator Kedzie has served in prior years as the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Transportation Committee and the Chair of the Special Committee on the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact.  On a regional level, he served on the Midwestern Legislative Conference Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. 

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator Kedzie served three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, 43rd District.  During his tenure in the Assembly, Senator Kedzie served as the Chairman of the Environment Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tax Exemptions, and served as a member on several other committees including Financial Institutions, Natural Resources, and Aging and Long Term Care. 

As part of his interest in maintaining cooperative state and local government relations, Senator Kedzie serves as a member of the Walworth County Local Emergency Planning Committee and meets regularly with other local government officials.  He has also served as a member of the Black Point Historic Preserve, and was a key individual in its listing as a Historic Site in Wisconsin. 

Senator Kedzie served as Chairman of the LaGrange Town Board from 1988 through 1998. He also was the Chairman of the LaGrange Planning and Zoning Commission.  Senator Kedzie was an eleven-year member of the Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department and currently holds the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol.

Professionally, Senator Kedzie has a business and communications background having formerly worked as Local Relations Representative for Wisconsin Electric Power Company and as Commercial/Industrial Coordinator for Wisconsin Southern Gas Company. 

Senator Kedzie has resided in Walworth County for 40 years (since 1974). The Kedzie family lives in rural Elkhorn; Senator Kedzie is married and has three children.

Kedzie Legislation:

  • 2013 WI Act 69 - Wetlands Citation Authority

  • 2013 WI Act 70 - Watershed Permits

  • 2013 WI Act 71 - Bow Hunting

  • 2013 WI Act 35 – Operation of Sport Shooting Ranges

  • 2011 WI Act 167 – DNR Regulatory Reform

  • 2011 WI Act 131 – County Fair Employee Tax Withholding

  • 2011 WI Act 24 – Extended Deadline for Registration of Grandfathered Piers

  • 2011 WI Act 25 – Pier Registration Deadline Extension

  • 2011 WI Act 32 – Costs of Intoxication Testing (included in state budget)

  • 2011 WI Act 118 – Wetland Regulatory Reform

  • 2011 WI Act 150 – Regulation of Geothermal Well Drillers

  • 2011 WI Act 167 – Chapter 30 Regulatory and Pier Reform

  • 2009 WI Act 154 – School Bullying

  • 2009 WI Act 253 – Internet Auctions for Unclaimed Property

  • 2009 WI Act 360 – Licensing of Interpreters for the Deaf

  • 2007 WI Act 216 – Charitable Wine Auctions

  • 2007 WI Act 35 – Aldo Leopold Trail System

  • 2005 WI Act 450 Anti-Price Gouging

  • 2005 WI Act 360 Groundwater Quality

  • 2005 WI Act 25 –  Eliminate taxation of Social Security income

  • 2005 WI Act 90 – Drug Paraphernalia

  • 2005 WI Act 35 – Internet Hunting

  • 2005 WI Act 305 – Municipal Court Collections

  • 2003 WI Act 310 – Groundwater Protection

  • 2003 WI Act 276 – Green Tier

  • 2003 WI Act 137 – Aldo Leopold Weekend

  • 2003 WI Act 313 – Sale of deer hunt licenses

  • 2003 WI Act 275 – Lake Districts

  • 2003 WI Act 179 – Fellow Mortals

  • 2003 WI Act 150 – Municipal Court Collections

  • 2003 WI Act 312 – Drycleaner Cleanup Response Fund

  • 2003 WI Act 88 – Special Wastes Usage

  • 2003 WI Act 231 – TAF Districts

  • 2003 WI Act 196 – Reckless/Intentional Homicide

  • 2003 WI Act 244 – Firearm Sighting

  • 2003 WI Act 66 – Forester Education Requirements

  • 2003 WI Act 242 – Damaged Timber

  • 2001 WI Act 6 – Isolated Wetlands

  • 2000 WI Act 147 – Wetland Mitigation

  • 2000 WI Act 146 – Local Roads Grant

  • 1998 WI Act 142 – Credit Export Act

Other significant legislative initiatives:

  • 2011 Senate Bill 29 – Retirement Income Tax Exemption

  • 2011 Senate Bill 59 – Pier Registration Deadline Extension

  • 2011 Senate Bill 76 – Intoxication Testing Costs

  • 2011 Senate Bill 89 County Fair Tax Withholding

  • 2009 Senate Bill 32 – Lower BAC levels for repeat drunk drivers

  • 2009 Senate Bill 33 – Vehicle purchase prohibition for convicted drunk drivers

  • 2009 Senate Bill 34 – 15 day wait period for occupational drivers’ license

  • 2007 Senate Bill 3 - Pension Income Tax Exemption

  • 2007 Senate Bill 4 - Graduated Tax Exemption for Seniors

  • 2007 Senate Bill 17 - Charter Towns

  • 2007 Senate Bill 42 – School Bullying

  • 2005 Senate Bill 310 – School Bullying

  • 2005 Senate Bill 165 – Charter Towns

  • 2005 Senate Bill 465 -  Postdated Worthless Checks

  • 2005 Senate Bill 71 – Prohibit wrongful life/wrongful birth lawsuits

  • 2005 Senate Bill 30 – Stop taxation of retirement income

  • 2005 Senate Bill 29 – Graduated personal tax exemptions for seniors

  • 2003 Senate Bill 28 – Informed Consent Inclusion of Safe Haven for Newborns

  • 2003 Senate Bill 104 – Ban on indoor pyrotechnics

  • 2001 AB 518 – Prohibition on Municipal TelComs

  • 2000 AB 758 – DNR Laboratory Certification

  • 1998 AB 198 – Child Care Financing

  • 1997 Assembly Joint Resolution 11, “Right to keep and bear arms” Amendment

Senator Kedzie’s Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 "Defender of Liberty" Award, The American Conservative Union

  • 2013 "Legislator of the Year" Award, Wisconsin Builders Association

  • 2013 Wisconsin Aquaculture Association "Friend of Aquaculture" Award

  • 2012 "Friend of Grocers" Award, Wisconsin Grocers Association

  • 2011-12, 2007-08, 2003-04, 2001-02, 1999-2000, and 1997-98 “Working for Wisconsin” Award,  from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)

  • 2011-12, 2007-08, 2005-06 "Champion of Commerce" Award, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)

  • 2012 "Grand Champion Supporter" Award, Wisconsin Association of Fairs

  • 2012 "Defender of Liberty" Award, The American Conservative Union

  • 14 consecutive years (2001-2014) Friend of the Housing Industry, Wisconsin Builders Association

  • 2010 "Most Outstanding Legislator" Award, Wisconsin Association for the Deaf

  • 2009-10 "Guardian of Small Business" Award, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)

  • 2009-10 "Legislative Excellence" Award, Dairy Business Association

  • 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

  • 2006 “Quality of Life Award” Lakeland Area Realtors Association

  • 2006 “Honor Role” League of Conservation Voters

  • 2005-06, 2003-04 “Friend of Agriculture” award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau

  • Named the 2005 Rock River Coalition “Legislator of the Year” and awarded the “Protector of the Environment Award”

  • 2005 Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Legislator of the Year

  • 2005 “Enlightened Legislator” from the Wisconsin Electric Cooperatives Association (WECA)

  •  “Appreciation Award” from the Wisconsin State Council of Trout Unlimited

  • Fellow with the La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, for the 2004 Green Tier exchange to Bavaria, Germany, as well as, the 2005 Environmental Law  In a Connected World” International Seminar

  • National Council of State Legislators scholarship to lead Wisconsin Delegation on Commerce mission to Vietnam

  • 2003-04 “Friend Of Towns” award from the Wisconsin Towns Association

  • 2003-04 “Friend of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry” from the Dairy Business Association

  • 2002 Legislator of the Year, Wisconsin Builders Association

  • 2002 Chairman’s Citation Award, Wisconsin Realtors Association

  • 2001 Nomination to NCSL Leadership Institute

  • 2000 Legislator of the Year, Pro-Life Wisconsin

  • 2000 Legislator of the Year, Wisconsin Right to Life

  • 1999 “Friend of Education” Award, Fair Aid Coalition

  • 1997 to present Civil Air Patrol, Rank of Major

  • 1997 Bowhay Legislative Leadership Institute

  • Fellow with the Robert M. LaFollette Institute

 

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