|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 63rd district
January 6, 1975 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Henry Rohner|
|Succeeded by||E. James Ladwig|
|Chairman of the Caledonia Town Board|
|Member of the Caledonia Town Board|
|Born||June 28, 1931|
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||February 9, 2017 (aged 85)|
Caledonia, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||Dominican College of Racine BA, MS|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1951–1955|
Born in Racine, Wisconsin, he was the eldest of six children born to Albert and Justine (nee Breland) Dandeneau, both French Canadians.
Dandeneau graduated from St. Catherine's High School in Racine, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1955. Dandeneau then received his bachelor's and master's degree from Dominican College of Racine and worked as a full-time teacher from 1960 through 1989, first at Sturtevant Grade School, then at Mitchell Junior High, where he taught English, History, and Science. He continued to work as a substitute teacher after his retirement in 1989.
He served on the board of supervisors for the town of Caledonia, Wisconsin from 1971 through 1977. From 1975 to 1979, Dandeneau served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He then served as chief clerk of the Wisconsin Assembly from 1979 to 1981.
In 1975, Dandeneau was charged with misconduct in office, a felony, and violating state campaign laws in connection with unreported campaign contributions and vested interest in granting a liquor license. He was convicted of misdemeanor violation of campaign finance laws. Paid $500 fine and $10 court costs.
He was charged in 1976 with felony misconduct in public office. Case dismissed.
Dandeneau was re-elected to the Caledonia board of supervisors in 1990 and was chairman of the town board from 1992 to 1995. For the last 27 years of his life, Dandeneau held a monthly breakfast meeting for Racine politicians and businessmen to discuss the issues of the day.
|Primary Election, September 10, 1974|
|Republican||Henry Rohner (incumbent)||553||10.91%|
|General Election, November 5, 1974|
|Republican||Henry Rohner (incumbent)||4,872||42.42%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Primary Election, September 14, 1976|
|Democratic||Marcel Dandeneau (incumbent)||2,294||34.79%|
|Democratic||Robert N. Miller||1,993||30.23%|
|Democratic||Daniel J. Nielsen||1,702||25.82%|
|Republican||Herman V. Nelson||598||9.07%|
|General Election, November 2, 1976|
|Democratic||Marcel Dandeneau (incumbent)||12,657||62.14%||+4.56%|
|Republican||Herman V. Nelson||7,711||37.86%|
|Primary Election, September 12, 1978|
|Democratic||Marcel Dandeneau (incumbent)||4,189||77.10%|
|Republican||E. James Ladwig||1,244||22.90%|
|General Election, November 7, 1978|
|Republican||E. James Ladwig||8,242||53.31%|
|Democratic||Marcel Dandeneau (incumbent)||7,219||46.69%||-15.45%|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
- "Officials Indicted". Manitowoc Herald Times. December 19, 1975. p. 14. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1975,' Biographical Sketch of Marcel Dandeneau, pg. 63
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980,' Biographical Sketch of Marcel Dandeneau, pg. 88
- "Judge Clears Dandeneau". Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter. July 21, 1976. p. 30. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Schaaf, Mark (2017-02-11). "Longtime Democratic activist, local politician Marcel Dandeneau dies". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- Obituary: Marcel Dandeneau Served His Country and Community
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