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Lee Nerison

Candidate Statement

Hello, this is Lee Nerison. As a lifelong farmer, I know what its like to put in a hard day's work and pay the bills for a family owned business. We couldn't spend more money than we had, and we had to buy what we needed. But we knew we couldn't afford everything we wanted. Its this kind of common sense that we need in government. And I'm proud to take that approach to representing you in Madison. My priority will always be to provide essential government services while keeping spending in line with what taxpayers can afford. I'm proud to have worked to finally end Madison's addiction to spending. But the job of a state representative isn't just about taking care of our state's finances. A big part of it is helping folks cut through government red tape like getting checks cut for flood relief so towns can rebuild their roads. I'm humbled to help my friends and neighbors often when they need it most. I would be honored to have your vote so we can work together to make Western Wisconsin the best place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.

Biography of State Representative Lee Nerison

State Representative Lee Nerison is now serving his fourth term representing the 96th Assembly District in the Wisconsin Legislature, which includes all of Crawford County, southern Monroe County, and most of Vernon County.

Representative Nerison is Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and served as its Vice-Chair from 2005-2008.  He is a member of the Natural Resources and Veterans and Military Affairs committees and is a Commissioner on the Mississippi River Parkway Commission.  Additionally, Nerison represents Wisconsin on the Council of State Governments Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, having been appointed by both a Republican and Democrat Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

While serving in the legislature, Representative Nerison has received numerous awards related to conservation, agriculture, the dairy industry and veterans' issues.  Some of the major laws authored by Nerison include the Livestock Investment Tax Credit, the exemption from DOT permits for farm trucks, the Wisconsin Disaster Relief Fund, the expansion of crimes subject to felony murder charges, and the law to prevent introduction and propagation of feral pigs.

Representative Nerison is a graduate of Viroqua High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm and Industry Short Course.  He is a native of Vernon County and has farmed in the Township of Jefferson for most of his life.  He and his wife, Laura, have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, a grandson and two granddaughters.

Representative Lee Nerison

Wisconsin Legislature, 96th Assembly District



Personal Background


§         Born in LaCrosse, July 31, 1952

§         Raised on a dairy farm in Jefferson Township, Vernon County

§         1970 graduate of Viroqua High School

§         UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, 1971

§         Married to Laura, three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren

§         Life-long farmer, former dairy farmer


Community Involvement


§         Vernon County Board, 1998 – April 2006 (Chair from 2002 – 2006)

§         Coon Valley Lions

§         Vang Lutheran Church Council

§         Wisconsin Farm Bureau, member

§         Future Farmers of America Alumni, Viroqua and Westby clubs (former member, reporter)

§         Currently serving his fourth term as a State Representative


Legislative Committees


§         Chair, Agriculture Committee (Vice-Chair, 2005-2008)

§         Natural Resources

§         Veterans and Military Affairs

§         Mississippi River Parkway Commission

§         Council of State Governments, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Achievements and Awards


§         Author, Livestock Investment Tax Credit Law

§         Author, "Make the Time Fit the Crime" Law

§         Author, Farm Truck Exemption from DOT Permits Law

§         Author, Wisconsin Disaster Relief Fund Law

§         Author, Prohibiting Introduction of Feral Pigs Law

§         Author, Limited Draw Hunting Permits for Active Duty Military Law

§         Author, Improved Disabled Parking Access Law

§         Author, WHEDA Agriculture Production Loan Guarantee Program

§         Volunteers for Agriculture, "Friend of Agriculture"

§         Wisconsin State Horse Council, "Legislator of the Year"

§         Wisconsin Pork Association, "Friend of Industry" Award

§         Dairy Business Association, "Friend of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry"

§         Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers Appreciation Award

§         La Crosse County Conservation Alliance Leadership Award

§         Coon Valley American Legion, "Legislator Certificate of Commendation"

§         Vernon County American Legion, "Legislator Award of Commendation"

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