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Alberta Darling (born April 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 8th District since 1993. She previously served in the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 10th district from 1990 through 1993. In August 2011, opponents forced a recall election against Darling, but Darling defeated the Democratic challenger, Sandy Pasch, 54 percent to 46 percent.[1]

Alberta Darling
Alberta Darling at Ann Romney rally.JPG
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 4, 1993
Preceded byJoseph Czarnezki
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 10th district
In office
May 1990 – January 4, 1993
Preceded byBetty Jo Nelsen
Succeeded byAnnette Polly Williams
Personal details
Born (1944-04-28) April 28, 1944 (age 75)
Hammond, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)William Darling
Children2
ResidenceRiver Hills, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
ProfessionMarketing
Websitealbertadarling.com
Darling greeting President Donald Trump in 2019

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Early life, education, and careerEdit

Darling was born in Hammond, Indiana. She graduated from Richwoods High School in Illinois, and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1966. She did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 1972 to 1974.[2] Darling is married to William Darling and has two children and two grandchildren.[citation needed]

Before being elected to political office, Darling was a teacher and marketing director.[3]

Wisconsin legislatureEdit

Darling first joined the Wisconsin State Legislature by winning a special election in 1990 for the 10th district (defeating Rick Graber in the primary). She served the remainder of the term and a full two-year term in the State Assembly before being elected in 1992 to the state Senate. Since 2000, she has served on the Joint Finance Committee.

2011 recallEdit

Darling was subject to a recall election effort in 2011. On March 2, 2011 the "Committee to Recall Darling" officially registered with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.[4]

On April 20, 2011, the recall campaigns announced that they had gathered nearly 30,000 signatures, almost 10,000 more than the recall threshold.[5][better source needed] Darling won the general recall election on August 9, 2011, with 54 percent of the vote.[1][6]

Electoral historyEdit

Wisconsin Assembly (1990)Edit

Wisconsin Assembly, 10th District Special Election, 1990[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, April 3, 1990
Republican Alberta Darling 6,403 50.33%
Republican Timothy D. Lawless 4,481 35.22%
Republican Richard W. Graber 1,839 14.45%
Total votes 12,723 100.0%
General Election, May 1, 1990
Republican Alberta Darling 668 100.0%
Total votes 668 100.0%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Assembly, 10th District Election, 1990[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 11, 1990
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 2,498 57.97%
Democratic William R. Boyd 1,811 42.03%
Total votes 4,309 100.0%
General Election, November 6, 1990
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 12,572 73.25%
Democratic William R. Boyd 4,591 26.75%
Total votes 17,163 100.0%
Republican hold

Wisconsin Senate (1992-2016)Edit

Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 8, 1992
Democratic William C. Whitten 14,859 62.84%
Republican Alberta Darling 8,788 37.16%
Total votes 23,647 100.0%
General Election, November 3, 1992
Republican Alberta Darling 55,130 67.41%
Democratic William C. Whitten 26,656 32.59%
Total votes 81,786 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 1996[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 10, 1996
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 5,925 43.10%
Democratic Randy Nash 5,476 39.84%
Democratic Dave Tatarowicz 2,301 16.74%
Taxpayers Tim Gallert 44 0.32%
Total votes 13,746 100.0%
General Election, November 5, 1996
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 45,244 58.78%
Democratic Randy Nash 29,728 38.62%
Taxpayers Tim Gallert 2,003 2.60%
Total votes 76,975 100.0% -5.88%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 12, 2000[10]
Democratic Sara Lee Johann 2,909 52.76%
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 2,574 46.68%
Write-ins 31 0.56%
Total votes 5,514 100.0%
General Election, November 7, 2000[11]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 57,041 65.88%
Democratic Sara Lee Johann 29,396 33.95%
Write-ins 144 0.17%
Total votes 86,581 100.0% +12.47%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 14, 2004[12]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 15,690 62.16%
Democratic Jennifer Morales 9,405 37.26%
Write-ins 146 0.58%
Total votes 5,514 100.0%
General Election, November 2, 2004[13]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 55,731 56.94%
Democratic Jennifer Morales 42,048 42.96%
Write-ins 100 0.10%
Total votes 97,879 100.0% +13.04%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, September 9, 2008[14]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 12,493 58.63%
Democratic Sheldon Wasserman 8,711 40.88%
Write-ins 106 0.50%
Total votes 21,310 100.0%
General Election, November 4, 2008[15]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 50,125 50.46%
Democratic Sheldon Wasserman 49,118 49.45%
Write-ins 85 0.09%
Total votes 99,328 100.0% +1.48%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Recall Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, July 12, 2011[16]
Democratic Sandy Pasch 21,657 64.13%
Democratic Gladys Huber 11,865 35.14%
Write-ins 246 0.73%
Total votes 33,768 100.0%
General Election, August 9, 2011[17]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 39,449 53.62%
Democratic Sandy Pasch 34,071 46.31%
Write-ins 56 0.08%
Total votes 73,576 100.0% -25.93%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, August 14, 2012[18]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 26,295 98.41%
Write-ins 426 1.59%
Total votes 33,768 100.0%
General Election, November 6, 2012[19]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 76,402 95.58%
Write-ins 3,532 4.42%
Total votes 79,934 100.0% +8.64%
Republican hold
Wisconsin Senate, 8th District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election, August 9, 2016[20]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 8,565 96.12%
Write-ins 346 3.88%
Total votes 8,911 100.0%
General Election, November 8, 2016[21]
Republican Alberta Darling (incumbent) 77,331 95.51%
Write-ins 3,635 4.49%
Total votes 80,966 100.0% +1.29%
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Barbour, Clay and Mary Spicuzza. "Republicans hold off Dems in recalls, win enough seats to keep majority in Senate". Wisconsin State Journal, August 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Senator Alberta Darling (WI) Project VoteSmart. Accessed June 6, 2011
  3. ^ "Who's who on the Joint Finance Committee Archived 2013-02-10 at Archive.today". Wausau Daily Herald, April 7, 2011. Accessed June 6, 2011
  4. ^ "Committee to Recall Darling". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. March 9, 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Alberta Darling Becomes Fifth Republican Senator to Face Recall in Wisconsin". April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Steve Schultze. "Darling claims victory over Pasch in costly race". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. pp. 899, 915. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 1993-1994 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. pp. 900, 919. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  9. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 1997-1998 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. pp. 888, 889. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Results of Fall Primary Election - 09/12/2000 (PDF) (Report). p. 11. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Results of Fall General Election - 11/07/2000 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Results of Fall Primary Election - 09/14/2004 (PDF) (Report). p. 12. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Results of Fall General Election - 11/02/2004 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 7. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Results of Fall Primary Election - 09/09/2008 (PDF) (Report). p. 9. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  15. ^ Results of Fall General Election - 11/04/2008 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Canvass Results for 2011 Primary Recall Election State Senate 8 - 7/12/2011 (PDF) (Report). p. 1. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Canvass Results for 2011 Recall Election State Senate 8 - 8/9/2011 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 1. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Canvass Results for 2012 Partisan Primary (PDF) (Report). p. 7. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Canvass Results for 2012 Presidential and General Election (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 5. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  20. ^ Canvass Results for 2016 Partisan Primary (PDF) (Report). pp. 8, 9. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  21. ^ Canvass Results for 2016 General Election (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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