Daniel Riemer

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Daniel Riemer
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
Preceded byPeggy Krusick
Personal details
Born (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 32)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (B.A) University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.)

Daniel Riemer (born December 10, 1986) is an American politician and attorney [1] from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He currently serves in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Riemer defeated incumbent Assembly member Peggy Krusick in the August 14, 2012 Democratic primary for the 7th Assembly district. Riemer was the presumptive winner in the November general election, as there were no other candidates in the race;[2] but Krusick filed as an official write-in candidate against Riemer.[3] In the end, Riemer won easily.


Krusick had been in the Assembly since before Riemer was born. Riemer, son of Democratic policy adviser David Riemer (budget director for former governor Jim Doyle), returned to University of Wisconsin Law School on a part-time basis in Fall 2012. He graduated in December 2013 and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in April 2014.[4] The district, which includes parts of Milwaukee's south side, West Allis, West Milwaukee and Greenfield, had been drastically redrawn in the 2011 redistricting.[5] He attended Rufus King High School.

Write-in campaign by Krusick[edit]

In September 2012 it was reported that Krusick was considering running a write-in campaign against Riemer in the November general election, and it was confirmed that she had contacted staff of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the mechanics of such an effort, but had not yet filed registration documents for such a run.[6]

On October 2, it was officially confirmed that she was running as a registered write-in candidate (under Wisconsin law, write-in candidates must register with the state to have their votes be individually counted, rather than lumped in with other write-in votes). She set up a new website[7] and began a direct mail campaign boasting about her "independent track record." She did not return press calls, and it was unclear who was funding her campaign against her party's nominee.[3]

Riemer won easily in the end, with 16,664 votes (85.4%) to Krusick's 2499 (12.8%) and 361 scattered votes (1.8%).[8]

Personal life[edit]

Riemer is married to Paula Phillips, a member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. Phillips won the seat while she and Riemer were engaged, in April 2017.[9][10]


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