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David Craig (born March 16, 1979) is an American Republican Party politician currently serving in the Wisconsin State Senate. He previously was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.[1]

David Craig
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 83rd district
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded byScott Gunderson
Personal details
Born (1979-03-16) March 16, 1979 (age 40)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (B.A)
ProfessionPolitician, political aide


Early life and educationEdit

Craig was born in Waukesha on March 16, 1979. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 1997. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, earning his Bachelor of Arts from the latter in 2002.[1]

Political careerEdit

Craig worked for more than eight years as a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Paul Ryan Republican out of Ryan's Kenosha office; he was also on the Big Bend village board of trustees from 2008 to 2010.[2]

Craig was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election held in May 2011[1] to fill the seat vacated by Scott Gunderson, who had resigned to work as an executive assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.[2][3] The district spanned parts of Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth counties.[3] In announcing his run for office, Craig expressed strong support for Governor Scott Walker and his economic policies.[2] Craig was endorsed by Ryan and Muskego mayor John Johnson.[2] Craig was reelected to the Assembly in 2012 and 2014.[1] While in the Assembly, Craig was chairs of the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions and vice chair of the Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations.[4]

Craig was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2016,[1] in an uncontested race.[5] In 2017, Craig was the lone Republican senator to vote against the state budget bill, believing that the budget was too high.[6]

Craig considered running to succeed Ryan as a member of Congress from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in 2018, but ultimately declined to run.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Craig is married and has six children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Senator David Craig, Wisconsin State Legislature.
  2. ^ a b c d Dave Craig Kicks Off Campaign in Muskego, Muskego Patch, February 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Don Behm, Craig sails to victory in 83rd Assembly District, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 3, 2011).
  4. ^ "Representative David Craig". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  5. ^ Wisconsin 28th District State Senate Results: Dave Craig Wins, New York Times (2016).
  6. ^ Patrick Marley & Jason Stein, Wisconsin Senate approves state budget, sends it to Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (September 15, 2017).
  7. ^ James B. Nelson & Mary Spicuzza, Robin Vos, David Craig won't seek First Congressional District seat now held by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (April 4, 2018).