Tuesday is the next Wisconsin recall election, this time for Senators Jim Holperin (D-Conover, seen here with Senator Herb Kohl) and Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie). Kudos to Senator Holperin for thinking ahead and providing helpful FAQs to Democratic voters.
If you are an eligible Dem in Wisconsin District 12, please be sure to make plans to vote next Tuesday.
If you’re unfamiliar with Senator Holperin, here is the bio from his site (in it’s entirety):
Elected to the State Senate in November, 2008, Jim Holperin is a member of the Committee on Workforce Development, Small Business, and Tourism, a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, and a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education.
Jim was born and raised in Eagle River, attending local schools there. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1973 and began a career in politics and nonprofit work in 1974 as a legislative analyst for the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Holperin was appointed Assistant Chief Clerk of the State Senate in 1977, but returned to his hometown in 1980 to serve as Vilas County’s first Director of Aging Programs.
In 1982 Jim campaigned for State Assembly and won the seat representing Oneida and Vilas Counties. He served for the next twelve years specializing in tourism, natural resources and small business issues. For most of his tenure he also served as a member of the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Committee on Finance.
In 1994 Jim was hired as Executive Director of Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited specialty school in Eagle River which focuses on teaching environmental awareness to over 5,000 middle and high school students who attend three day seminars at the school each year.
In 2003 Governor Doyle appointed Jim as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The Department’s mission is to market Wisconsin as a preferred travel destination as well as assist hospitality businesses statewide with marketing and workforce issues.
In 2007 Jim went to work as Business Services Coordinator for the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. His job was to assure that federal workforce funds were invested in programs that businesses want and that are most effective for them.
Holperin serves on the Northwoods Land Trust Board of Directors. He has been active in Rotary International, and has served on the boards of Nicolet Technical College, the Grow North regional economic development organization, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, WXPR Public Radio, the Governor’s Forestry Council, and the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program, among others.
Jim lives with his wife, Kathy, in the Town of Conover. Kathy owns and operates Grandma’s Toy Box, a retail toy store in downtown Eagle River. Jim and Kathy have two grown sons, Christopher and Andrew.