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Candidates and Issues WS Assembly District 43 Andy Jorgensen

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Remarks: Hi folks, Andy Jorgensen here.

For the past six years, it's been my honor to serve my friends and neighbors from Jefferson and Dane Counties in the State Assembly.

Now, I also hope to represent some of you living in Walworth and Rock Counties.

I want you to know, I'll stand up for the things you value. They're the things I value, too.

As a father of three young children, I believe investments in education are investments in our future.

As a former G-M worker, I understand how important it is we attract and boost businesses that can provide family-supporting jobs.

As the son of Wisconsin dairy farmers, I support programs that will keep our agricultural tradition alive.

If you think we should focus more on the things we have in common, than the things that divide us, I humbly ask for your vote on November 6.

For more information about me and my campaign, please visit


Bio: Andy Jorgensen was born in Omro, Wisconsin, the son of hard-working dairy farmers. As a young man, he trained at the Brown Institute for a career in radio broadcasting, which led him to a job at WFAW in Fort Atkinson. While at the station, "Andy Arbuckle," as he was known to his listeners, met and married his wife, Toni. They are now proud parents to two sons, Jens and Myles, and a daughter, Camryn.

In 1995, Andy started a job working on the assembly line at General Motors' Janesville plant. His friends and co-workers chose him to serve as a shop steward for UAW Local 95. It was in that position he developed a sincere interest in politics, eventually leading him to run for the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Andy was first elected to serve his friend and neighbors in November of 2006. Re-elected again in 2008 and 2010, he has represented the needs of working - and struggling - Wisconsinites effectively, both in the minority and in the majority.

In the 2011-12 legislative session, Rep. Jorgensen served on the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Transportation, Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs and Audit.

Also this past session, Andy notably launched a petition drive to save SeniorCare, when Governor Walker threatened to the end the program as we know it, with his budget pen.  He was recognized by the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups with an award for Preserving and Enhancing SeniorCare.

Andy was named the "2010 Friend of Towns" by the Towns Association and has been voted "Best Politician" for six years in a row by the readers of the Daily Jefferson County Union and other local newspapers.

Andy serves as a board member of both the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin and the Jefferson County Literacy Council. He is active with the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Council.  He is also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, having served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.

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