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Robin Vos
Robin Vos speaks at Racine Tea Party event (8378614585).jpg
75th Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
Preceded by Jeff Fitzgerald
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 63rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Personal details
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 50)
Burlington, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Wisconsin–Whitewater ( BA)

Robin J. Vos (born July 5, 1968) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2005, [1] representing the 63rd district, and has been Speaker of the Assembly since 2013. [2]


Vos owns a Burlington popcorn business. [3] He is a former congressional district director and a former legislative assistant. He was a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1989 to 1991 and a member of the Racine County Board from 1994 to 2004. [4]

Vos is the 75th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly. [5]

Vos is the President-Elect of the bipartisan organization for legislators and staff, National Conference of State Legislatures [6] and the Second Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. [7]

A member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Vos is the group's former Wisconsin state chair. [8]

In 2016, Vos endorsed Marco Rubio for president. After Rubio dropped out of the race, Vos endorsed Ted Cruz. [9]

Vos is the chairman of the Committee on Assembly Organization and Committee on Employment Relations. He is vice chair of the Committee on Rules and co-chair of the Committee on Legislative Organization. [4]

In 2017, Vos received about $13,000 in travel and represented the state of Wisconsin on exchanges with bipartisan groups including National Conference of State Legislatures, which he is currently serving as president-elect. [10] He said he was certain he had followed ethics rules with his travel. [10] [11] [12]

Shortly after Democratic nominee Tony Evers won the 2018 Wisconsin gubernatorial election, defeating incumbent Republican governor Scott Walker, Vos was the first public official to propose curbing the powers of the incoming governor. [13] He claimed it was to restore a balance of power between the governor and the legislature, despite having previously voted to expand gubernatorial power. [14] [15] Vos also said the changes were intended to lock in laws passed by Republicans and to prevent the incoming Democratic administration from fulfilling its campaign pledges. [16]

Christopher Beem of the McCourtney Institute of Democracy at Pennsylvania State University described Wisconsin Republicans' power grab as a "deeply undemocratic act." While it could be legal, Beem said, it erodes democratic norms: "Wisconsin’s GOP lawmakers are using power that the majority of the electorate has just taken away from them in order to make it more difficult for the incoming administration to undertake actions that the majority has just shown that it wants." Citing research by Harvard University political scientists Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky, Beem noted that "democracy most often dies one little piece at a time. And the more lines are crossed, the more norms are spurned, the more perilous our situation becomes." [17]


On November 8, 2016, Vos was reelected with 18,771 votes to Democratic challenger Andy Mitchell's 10,487. [4]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed November 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-2012, Biographical sketch of Robin Vos, p. 61.
  3. ^ "Robin Vos, the man amidst the controversy",; accessed November 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Robin Vos - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ "Robin J. Vos".
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  8. ^ Nikolina Lazic, "Federal Court Strikes Down WI's 'Discriminatory' Voter ID as Unconstitutional",, April 30, 2014; accessed November 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Sommerhauser, Mark (March 25, 2016). "Robin Vos endorses Ted Cruz". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Patrick Marley. " Assembly Speaker Robin Vos received $57,000 in travel and other perks since 2014". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Julie Carr Smyth. Robin Vos among GOP leaders who made trip with lobbyists and controversial lawmaker". Wisconsin State Journal, April 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Jason Stein and Patrick Marley. " Speaker Robin Vos took free trip to London with lobbyists and leaders from other states". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "What The Wisconsin Political Power Play Means For American Democracy". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  14. ^ BAUER, TODD RICHMOND and SCOTT. "Vos open to looking at ways to limit Evers' powers". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  15. ^ Press, Associated. "Vos open to limiting power of Evers as governor". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  16. ^ Berman, Russell (2018-12-05). "'Wisconsin Has Never Seen Anything Like This'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  17. ^ Beem, Christopher. "Wisconsin GOP's power grab is a danger to democracy". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-12-12.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Fitzgerald
Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly