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Luther S. Olsen, American state legislator. Board directors Family Health/La Clinica, Wautoma, Wisconsin, 1995—1999, Education Commission of States.


Olsen, Luther S. was born on February 26, 1951 in Berlin, Wisconsin, United States.


Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1973.


Olsen was elected to the Senate unopposed in 2004 and 2008. In August 2011, Olsen faced a recall election, but he defeated the Democratic challenger, Fred Clark, fifty-two percent to forty-eight percent. In 1973, he earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In 1976, he was elected to the Berlin School District Board, and was named President of the School Board in 1986. He left the board in 1997. ElectionsBefore 2011In Luther's political career prior to 2011, he had never faced a Democratic party opponent.

In 1994, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 2004, he was elected the Wisconsin Senate and re-election 2008. His current Senate district is much more conservative than the state as a whole.

2011 recall electionOlsen was the target of an active recall effort as part of the 2011 Wisconsin protests. On March 2, 2011, the "Committee to Recall Olsen" officially registered with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. On April 18, 2011, organizers filed petitions containing roughly 24,000 signatures to recall Olsen.

If more than 14,733 of those signatures are found valid, a recall election will ensue. On April 21, 2011, State Representative Fred Clark (D - Baraboo) announced his candidacy against Olsen in a possible recall election. In late May 2011, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board verified petitions against Olsen, overruling his challenges.

The recall election was held on August 9, 2011. Olsen emphasized his pro-education record during his 17-year political career. Fred Clark with 52% of the vote.

TenureDuring the 2011 Wisconsin protests regarding Governor Walker's budget repair bill, Olsen described the bill as "pretty radical" and mentioned that he had reservations regarding voting for collective bargaining repeal. Olsen ultimately voted for the bill. In 2011, One Wisconsin Now filed an ethics complaint against Olsen with the Government Accountability Board.

Olsen's wife, Joan Wade, responded to the complaint by calling it 'ridiculous.'Committee assignmentsOlsen is currently Chairman of the Education Committee.


He defended the $1 billion cut to public education in the 2011 budget as necessary "cuts that needed to be done." Olsen defeated State Rep.


He was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1994 through 2004. He is also a member of the Finance, Insurance and Housing, and Finance committees.


Married Bonnie Olsen. 6 children.