Jon Erpenbach

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Jon Erpenbach
Jon Erpenbach.jpg
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1999
Preceded byJoe Wineke
Personal details
Born (1961-01-28) January 28, 1961 (age 60)
Middleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWest Point, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

Jon B. Erpenbach (born January 28, 1961) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 27th District since 1999.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Erpenbach was born in Middleton, Wisconsin and graduated from Middleton High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh from 1979 to 1981. He worked as a radio personality on two Madison area radio stations and also worked for a Milwaukee station. He subsequently worked in both the State Assembly and Senate in media relations and as communications director.[1]

Wisconsin Senate[edit]

Erpenbach was elected to represent the 27th Senate District in November 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. He served as the Democratic Minority Leader from 2003 to 2005.[1] He authored Wisconsin's No Call List legislation that was passed and signed into law in 2001. The legislation was a forerunner of the federal government's Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003.[citation needed]

Bills and policy positions[edit]

The achievement that Senator Erpenbach is most well known for is his extremely successful and popular Do Not Call legislation, passed and signed into law in 2001. The bill had bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly. The consumer protections in the bill include: allowing consumers to add their land or cellular telephones to the Do Not Call list, creating a prohibition for unsolicited faxes, and Increasing the penalties for violations from the current maximum of $100 to amounts between $1,000 and $10,000. The bill was a forerunner of the federal government's Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003.[2]

Erpenbach is well known for his Healthy Wisconsin bill.[clarification needed] [3]

Erpenbach authored the Traveling Sales Crew Regulation bill, also known as Malinda’s Law, which would give traveling sales crew members similar employment rights that part-time workers in Wisconsin are currently guaranteed by state law. The bill would also require all crews to register with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection before going door to door in state communities. By registering members of the crew, alerts for members with outstanding warrants in other states can be identified and criminals detained. The bill passed last session in the State Senate but was stopped in the Assembly. It is expected that the bill will become law this legislative session.[3]

2011 Wisconsin protests[edit]

During the protests in Wisconsin, Erpenbach, along with the 13 other Democratic State Senators, fled to Illinois to, ultimately unsuccessfully, deny the State Senate a quorum on Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair legislation.[4]


  1. ^ a b Erpenbach's State Senate biography
  2. ^ official WI Senate website Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b official WI Senate website[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Gast, Phil (February 18, 2011). "Wisconsin legislators aren't the first to walk out, leave town". CNN. Retrieved February 20, 2011.

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