Chris Kapenga

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Chris L. Kapenga is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, who previously represented the 33rd Assembly District, and represents the 99th Assembly District since the November 2012 election.[1]

In the 2012 election, Kapenga vied for the recently vacated 33rd Senate District, losing the primary on November 6, 2012 to Rep. Paul Farrow. Kapenga was reelected to the Assembly (in a new seat after redistricting) on November 6, 2012.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Representative Kapenga is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is a legislative member of ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force. In 2010, Rep. Kapenga accepted a $500 donation from ALEC member corporation Alliant Energy.[2]
. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Kapenga co-authored 3 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy. 

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's, and check out breaking news on our site.

Support for ALEC bills

2011 Regular Session - Bills sponsored and co-sponsored:

  • Sponsored AB 6 (Capital Gains) - phases out taxation of capital gains; compare to ALEC model legislation "Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act" (pdf)
  • Sponsored AB 7 (Voter ID) - compare to ALEC model legislation Voter ID Act(pdf)
  • Co-sponsored SB 10 (Capital Gains) - See AB 6
  • Co-sponsored SB 6 (Voter ID) - see AB 7 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC's Voter ID Act

Bills voted for:

January 2011 Special Session

  • AB 5 (Supermajority) - requires a supermajority to pass tax increases. Compares to ALEC's model Super-Majority Act(pdf)[3]

Sourcewatch resources

External resources


Madison Office:

Room 19 North
State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Voting Address:
N9W31035 Concord Ct.
Delafield, WI 53018
Telephone: (608) 266-3007 Or (888) 529-0033
Fax: (608) 282-3633


  1. Wisconsin State Legislature Assembly District 33 Chris Kapenga, state website, accessed August 1, 2011M
  2. Democracy Addicts Chris Kapenga, ALEC donations, database, accessed August 2, 2011
  3. Democracy Addicts Chris Kapenga, Project SmartALEC/Wisconsin legislators. Database. Accessed August 1, 2011