RPAC Is Bipartisan

 Joe Murray  |    July 16, 2020

Every two-year election cycle in Wisconsin, there are a number of incumbent state legislators who decide to retire or, in some cases, run for higher office. The legislators pictured in this article are leaving at the end of their current terms or have already vacated their seats in 2020.
This bipartisan list of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, big city and small town legislators all have one thing in common: they received financial support from the REALTORS® Political Acton Committee (RPAC), because they supported real estate issues promoted by the WRA that benefited property owners, homeowners and REALTORS®.
The purpose of RPAC is to help elect candidates from both parties who will support and defend issues that positively impact the real estate industry. RPAC is, after all, the only PAC in Wisconsin organized for REALTORS® and run by REALTORS®. Through RPAC, the WRA is “The Voice for Real Estate.” As we look ahead to the November 2020 elections, here’s why RPAC needs your support.

RPAC identifies and invests in candidates who understand and support our issues

All 16 of these retiring state legislators will be replaced by someone new on November 3. Open seats require WRA members and staff to identify all the candidates running in these districts and conduct candidate interviews to determine which candidates are most supportive of the real estate industry and property owners. The endorsed candidates will receive financial support from RPAC, and WRA members will be encouraged to support these candidates in the November elections. This is the most basic form of grassroots democracy.

RPAC supports REALTOR® Party candidates for public office

As noted, RPAC supports Democrats and Republicans. These 16 open state legislative districts are currently represented by liberals and conservatives from every corner of Wisconsin. While some legislators were more supportive of our issues than others, all these retiring lawmakers were deserving of financial support from RPAC due to their overall support on important homeowner issues. Their support for “REALTOR® Party” issues benefited homeowners and property owners across the state. 

Real estate issues are typically nonpartisan

Most real estate issues passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed into law by the governor are bipartisan issues. That’s why a conservative such as Sen. Dave Craig from Big Bend can vote for the same legislation as Rep. Chris Taylor, a liberal from Madison. 

There are certain real estate issues that fall into the partisan divide, but most do not. RPAC contributions reflect the bipartisan nature of most real estate issues.
As we all know, from January through the middle of March 2020, the real estate market and economy were on a roll.  Low unemployment, historically low interest rates and strong consumer confidence helped bolster the real estate market. The biggest problem at that time, and now, is a serious lack of inventory on the market. 
Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, skyrocketing unemployment and protest movement over the death of George Floyd have dramatically altered the economic and political landscape. 
But the November elections are coming, and the individuals who are elected this fall, both Democrat and Republican, will make the big decisions that impact the real estate industry and REALTORS® for years to come.  Now more than ever, it’s imperative for REALTORS® to come together and speak with one voice about the stability that a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to Wisconsin. Through RPAC, that voice is heard loud and clear. 
As a REALTOR®, you need RPAC as much as RPAC needs you. It’s critically important that all REALTORS® invest in RPAC.

Joe Murray is Director of Political and Governmental Affairs for the WRA.

RPAC-backed lawmakers leaving and/or already vacated their seats in 2020

  • Rep. Amanda Stuck, D – Appleton
  • Rep. Bob Kulp, R – Stratford
  • Rep. Chris Taylor, D – Madison
  • Rep. Romaine Quinn, R – Barron
  • Sen. Luther Olsen, R – Ripon
  • Sen. Mark Miller, D – Madison
  • Sen. Fred Risser, D – Madison
  • Sen. David Craig, R – Big Bend
  • Sen. Dave Hansen, D – Green Bay
  • Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D – La Crosse
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany, R – Minocqua
  • Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D – Milwaukee
  • Rep. Jason Fields, D – Milwaukee
  • Rep. David Crowley, D – Milwaukee
  • Rep. Debra Kolste, D – Janesville
  • Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R – Neenah
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