Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: Tom Nelson

Name: Tom Nelson

Political Party: Democratic (D)

State: Wisconsin

Current position: County Executive, Outagamie County

Tenure: 2011-present

Previous position: Member, Wisconsin State Assembly, 2005-2011, Majority leader 2008-2011
Ran for Lieutenant Governor with Tom Barrett in 2010. Barrett lost to Walker in the general election, as did Nelson.

Future position: Nelson has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.

Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, September 17, 2013

Favorable: 8%
Unfavorable: 15%
Not sure: 77%

Scott Walker: 47%
Tom Nelson: 40%
Not sure: 13%


  • Exploring the possibility of seeking federal dollars for the expansion of Medicaid for Outagamie County
  • Endorsed by the Steelworkers Union in 2010
  • Given a 100% by both SEIU and AFL-CIO
  • Given a 100% rating by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
  • Voted against a partial birth abortion plan
  • Does not support abstinence-only sex education
  • Voted to provide sexual assault victims with emergency contraceptives
  • Voted against constitutional amendment defining marriage between man and woman
  • Voted in favor of banning smoking indoors
  • Supported a bill that would establish that businesses would have to pay a fine for discriminating in pay against women and minorities
  • Did not support the Voted ID law
  • Supported educational requirements to require teacher performance to be based on student test scores
  • Voted against the nuclear power plant construction
  • Voted against a law allowing concealed weapons
  • Received a D from the NRA

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