The Great Senate Debate

Republican Debate - US Senate Seat

Candidates Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Tommy Thompson debated live 9am-11am from the WTAQ Atrium in Green Bay on Monday July 30th.

The debate took place just two weeks before the primary election to see who will become the Republican candidate to face Tammy Baldwin and fill the US Senate Seat which Senator Herb Kohl has held for 23 years.

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The Candidates

  • Jeff Fitzgerald

    Jeff Fitzgerald

    Jeff Fitzgerald is the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly. As Speaker, Fitzgerald is known for ushering much-needed pension and benefit reforms that have saved millions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of jobs through the Wisconsin Legislature, championing fiscally conservative policies to balance a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and advancing a broad, pro-growth agenda that includes regulatory relief, tort reform and tax cuts that have placed Wisconsin on a path toward economic recovery and prosperity. (Full Bio)

  • Eric Hovde

    Eric Hovde

    Eric is a third-generation Wisconsinite. He was born and raised in Madison and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he studied Economics and International Relations. Eric is a bold leader who has spent his career in the private sector. He first worked as a financial advisor focused on community banking. Then, at age 24, Eric took a risk, and with just $5,000 he began his own financial advisory firm. (Full Bio)

  • Mark Neumann

    Mark Neumann

    As a business owner, Mark knows how important it is to rein in the size and scope of government regulation and bureaucratic interference. He’s seen firsthand how high taxes and huge federal deficits hurt our economy and sap the strength and innovation of job creators. Born in East Troy, Wisconsin, Neumann grew up working on a farm before getting married at the age of 19 to Sue, who he met in 4th grade Sunday School class. They’ve now celebrated 38 years of marriage with three children and four grandsons. (Full Bio)

  • Tommy Thompson

    Tommy Thompson

    Hard work. Honesty. The value of a dollar. Those are the Wisconsin values Tommy Thompson learned growing up in Elroy, the second of four children born to a grocery store owner and a teacher. His first job – at the age of six – was polishing eggs at the grocery store and on the family farm he still operates today, learning first hand why those values matter. Those values are what drove Tommy to serve in the Wisconsin National Guard for six years and the U.S. Army Reserve for four more, and they laid the groundwork for the person Tommy became by helping form the conservative principles that shaped his personal and professional lives. (Full Bio)

  • Jerry Bader

    Moderator: Jerry Bader

    Jerry has been in Wisconsin radio since 1982, serving as news director for stations in Oshkosh, Ripon, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. Jerry has been a talk show host since 2001, first in Sheboygan and now has a Green Bay based show (WTAQ AM/FM) which is regionally syndicated in Sheboygan(WHBL) and Wausau(WSAU AM/FM). Jerry and his family live in Ashwaubenon. Jerry Bader Show