Representative Jim Steineke (R-WI) has a criminal record spanning two decades
Representative Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna, WI) was elected on November 6, 2014, to serve as Majority Leader for the 102nd Wisconsin State Legislature – and has a criminal record starting in 1990 and ending (so far, anyway) in 2010.
Who is Steineke? And what will he be doing?
Assembly Majority Leader, Rep. Steineke will be the floor leader during legislative session days, coordinating the action on bills and amendments. He will work with the Republican leadership team to execute decisions and maintain an organized and productive caucus. 
Steineke has been active in local government, serving as Vandenbroek Town Supervisor and Chairman and also serving as Outagamie County Supervisor. Rep. Steineke was elected to the 5th Assembly District in 2010. In 2012, he was elected to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. 
Now that you know who he is, his criminal, and civil court, background is listed further down below. But first….
Electing an official with a criminal background such as this is only par for the Republican Party. Republicans, as a whole, want to make all the rules, but believe these same rules do not apply to them. You know, "Listen to what I say, not what I do" type of deal.
According to 620WTMJ:
“Steineke, 39, said voters were turned off when his criminal record was made an issue in the race. All of his arrests, including the drunken driving conviction, happened before he was elected as Vandenbroek town chairman and an Outagamie County Board supervisor, he said.” 
Apparently not turned off enough as the constituents elected a known criminal.
I understand people make mistakes. Many wisen up and ask that their past be overlooked. However, there are some jobs in which criminal records should not be disregarded. Anyone elected or appointed in public positions that directly or indirectly play a part in writing and/or passing any state or federal legislation must have a clean record (excluding traffic tickets and moving violations).
Why? Glad you asked. Here is a perfect example….
“As a 20-year-old in 1991, Steineke, the Republican nominee for the 5th Assembly District, was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Oshkosh. He left the scene but turned himself in to police the next day. He was sentenced to 30-days in jail for operating a vehicle after revocation of his license.” 
A hit-and-run accident. Steineke, and his victims, were all very very lucky. The occupants of two vehicles in the chain-reaction hit-and-run crash complained of soreness and minor injuries, but that was the extent of the injuries.  The victims of the crash were very fortunate that Steineke he did not cause permanent injury and/or death.
Now take a look at one of Jim Steineke’s activities… Just prior to his newly-elected position, Steineke was the co-author of the centerpiece legislation (2011) for Walker’s ongoing special interest session.  Basically, Steineke wants to limit legal awards to families of those injured or killed by drunk drivers.
To Steineke’s credit, he has been confronting his past behavior and criminal record. However, past experiences also create who we are today, it just depends upon what one does with their prior experiences. Apparently Jim did not necessarily learn his lesson as he would rather take away from the innocent victims and give to the guilty drunk drivers.
Personally, I think every drunk driver should be charged and convicted with attempted murder. Every time someone who is intoxicated gets behind the wheel, they risk killing innocent people. We need zero tolerance when it comes to drunk driving. There are other ways home — call a cab, call a sober friend, or simply have a designated driver. Being an adult means responsibility and Jim-bo here should not exempt from it.
Here is the criminal record as provided by One Wisconsin and posted on their Facebook page. This so piqued my curiosity that I ordered a background check from the state of Wisconsin on Steineke. I will post an update after I have received it.
- 4/1/1990 (April Fool’s Day — talk about foreshadowing…)
Charged with operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while his driving privileges were revoked (convicted 5/2/1990) [gleaned from Waukesha Co. court records from 6/23/1991 violation, doesn’t say which country this occurred in]
Criminal trespass to dwelling, misdemeanor, UW-Milwaukee PD. Charge dismissed. [DOG CIB]
Charged with operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while his driving privileges were revoked (convicted 8/6/1990) [Waukesha Co. court record from 6/23/1991 violation, doesn’t say which country this occurred in]
Resist/Obstruct Officer, Hindering (2 separate charges). Convicted on both charges, ordered to pay fines. West Allis PD made the arrest. [DOJ CIB]
Violation, 7/1/1993 Conviction: Operative After Revocation, Waukesha Co., Case R152884 [DMV Abstract]
Revocation: Operative after Revocation. Revoked all operating privileges. (Waukesha Co.) Order mailed 8/18/1993. Date eligible for reinstatement under case R152884 1/2/1994 (Note: The case file for R152884 has been purged.) [DMV Abstract]
Conviction for operating after revocation, 8 pts. (Waukesha Co. Court) [CCAP]
Suspension: Failure to pay forfeiture. Suspended all operating privileges (Waukesha Co. Court), 5 years. Order mailed 3/25/1994. Date eligible for reinstatement under case S298328 = 3/2/1999. [DMV Abstract]
Charged with hit-and-run, driving after revocation. [Police Records & CCAP]
Released on $500 signature bon, under condition that he not drive w/o valid ID. [Police Records]
Summons issued for 3/3/1992 to explain failure to pay fines from 1991 hit and run. [Police Records]
DOT License Revocation: Habitual Traffic Offender, 5 years (Oshkosh), date eligible for reinstatement: 2/20/1997. Remarks: For OPR License is: R950789 (Amended 8/18/1992) Unclaimed. [DMV Abstract]
Warrant issued for failure to pay fine. [Police Records]
Warrent recalled, fine paid (presumably his license was reinstated at this point) [Police Records]
Revocation: Damage Judgment. Revoked all driving privileges. Order Mailed 1/6/1993. (Winnebago Co.) [DMV Abstract]
Revocation: Damage Judgment. Revoked all operating privileges. Order mailed 4/22/1993. (Winnebago Co.) [DMV Abstract]
Suspension: Failure to pay non-traffic forfeiture. Suspended all operating privileges (Winnebago County Circuit Branch), 5 years. Order mailed 4/15/1996. Date eligible for reinstatement: 4/2/2001 [DMV Abstract]
Sues in small claims court by State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance for $1,336.93. Case is closed, but no indication when judgment was paid.
Citation for operating auto after revocation. Please not guilty. (Winnebago Co.) [Police Records & CCAP]
Default judgment entered for 7/16/1997 citation, $203 fine. 60-month License suspension if forfeiture is not paid by 2/13/1998. Paid forfeiture on 11/3/1998. [Police Records]
Sued in small claims court by Rhinelander Medical Center, Winnebago County court, owed $278.36. Satisfied in full 9/10/2001. Garnishee: Kelly’s Bar [CCAP]
Citation for OWI #1, Operate w/ Blood Alcohol Content over .10. Blew a .18 into breathalyzer. [Police Records]
Please no contest; found guilty, fined $725 and 6-month license revocation for charge 1. Please no contest, dismissed charge 2. [Police Records]
Sued by Roto-Graphic Printing, Inc. for $3,328.71 money claim over an unpaid debt. (Fond du Lac County) [Fond du Lac County court records]
Cited for Non-registration of Auto (Winnebago Co.) [CCAP]
Cited for operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance (Outagamie County) [CCAP]
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