Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: Peter Barca

Name: Peter Barca


Political Party: Democratic (D)


Current position: Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Assembly


Tenure: 2009-present


Previous position: Member, U.S. House of Representatives Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, 1993-1995


Member, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1985-1993


Future position: While Barca declined to run for Governor in 2012 with the recall election against Scott Walker, Barca has been mentioned as a potential candidate to run in 2014 for the Democratic nomination against Scott Walker.


Previous election: Barca won re-election in 2012, running unopposed.


Future election: Barca, if he decides to run in 2014, he will be on the short list for the Democratic nomination. He would show up in the primary if he chooses.


Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, September 17, 2013


Favorable: 15%
Unfavorable: 22%
Not sure: 62%


Scott Walker: 47%
Peter Barca: 43%
Not sure: 10%


Issues/Positions/Accomplishments


  • Rose to prominence by opposing Scott Walker and the bills that would strip public union employees
  • Authored legislation banning texting and driving
  • Supports slightly decreasing taxes on Social Security benefits
  • Supports slightly increasing cigarette taxes
  • Supports slightly increasing taxes on those making more money
  • Led the protests of Republicans' alleged violation of open meeting laws


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