Gary Tauchen

Gary Tauchen
Candidate For Assembly District 06

Gary Tauchen

Candidate Background


N3397 South Broadway Rd., Bonduel, WI 54107

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Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Elected to serve the 6th District in 2006, Gary is the Ranking Member of the Assembly Committee on Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs and also serves on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Workforce Development. During his first term, Gary served on four committees – Agriculture, Rural Affairs (vice chair), State Affairs, and Biofuels and Sustainable Energy.

As a business owner, community leader and lifelong Shawano County resident, he has gained years of valuable experience that he uses in his role as a state representative:

Economic Development & Business Experience

  • Director, Badger AgVest, LLC – a first-of-its kind, statewide angel investing group that connects entrepreneurs and seed money investors, which increases the flow of capital into Wisconsin for value-added businesses
  • Former Director, M&I Bank–Shawano – a locally-controlled financial institution with more than $270 million in assets
  • Founding Board Member, Cooperative Resources International – a $120 million member-owned holding cooperative that markets products and services both nationally and internationally
  • Chair, UW Center for Dairy Profitability – develops, coordinates, and conducts effective interdisciplinary educational and applied research programs emphasizing business management, human resource management, production systems, finance and marketing systems
  • Member, Shawano Area Chamber of Commerce

Education Experience

  • Strategic Planning Committee, University of Wisconsin–Extension Service – recommended improvements to Shawano County’s Extension programs
  • Advisory Board, University of Wisconsin-Madison – advised College of Agricultural & Life Sciences on its programs and activities
  • Farm Business Management Task Force, Wisconsin Technical College System – recommended ways to more effectively meet the farm management training needs of Wisconsin citizens
  • Distinguished Service Award, UW College of Agricultural & Life Sciences – highest honor presented for contributions to college and rural life
  • Shawano County “Adventures in Dairyland” – host several classes a year in this program, in which all county 4th grade students enjoy a week-long education on the dairy industry that includes classroom time and tours of farms
  • Founding Board Member, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin – PDPW annually holds more than 20 seminars, conferences, summits and tours dealing with personnel management, financial analysis, communications, legislative policy and business management
  • Mentor – hosts and advises college students who plan to enter dairy production or industry careers
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Wisconsin–River Falls
  • Graduate, Bonduel High School

Political & Community Experience

  • Member, Shawano County Republican Party
  • Member, WI Emergency Preparedness & Biosecurity Task Force – worked to fine-tune a statewide emergency plan to maintain biosecurity and respond to bioterroism in Wisconsin
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Shawano County Planning Department – recommended improvements to department activities
  • U.S. Policy Advisory Committees for Trade – appointed by USDA Secretary Dan Glickman
  • U.S. Technical Advisory Committees for Trade – appointed by USDA Secretary Ann Veneman
  • Public Policy Committee, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin – meets regularly with Secretaries of Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Legislative Action Committee, Dairy Business Association – worked politically on statewide issues, especially in the environmental arena (confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs, air quality, non-point source pollution, food safety, animal health, etc.) with legislators, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Federal Policy Committee, Dairy Business Association – addressed priority issues such as revising the federal milk marketing order system; encouraging new risk management tools such as forward contracting; replacing MILC (Milk Income Loss Contract) with a less expensive, market-responsive program; phasing out the current dairy price support system and developing national policy that allows all regions to prosper
  • Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation – crafted organizational policy as member of state Policy Development Committee; worked with legislators on federal legislation in Washington, D.C.
  • Chair, Shawano Rotary Rural Urban Committee

Health Care Experience

  • Board Member, Shawano County Rural Health Initiative – this non-profit program makes free house calls to rural families to provide health information, education, and referrals to area health care services
  • Shawano Area Chamber of Commerce Health Care Program – this pilot program with Blue Cross/Blue Shield provided reasonably-priced health care coverage to small business owners
  • Agricultural Experience
  • Founding Board Member, Professional Dairy Producers of WI – PDPW provides educational programs, offers a forum for idea interchange, encourages a positive image for the dairy business, and promotes the profitability of the dairy business
  • Founding Board Member, WI Livestock Identification Consortium – WLIC is creating a secure, nationally compatible livestock identification system to protect animal health, and safeguard the economic infrastructure fueled by animal agriculture
  • Director, National Dairy Herd Improvement Assn. – DHIA works with USDA and other organizations to promote the accuracy, credibility, and uniformity of milk quality and production records
  • Chair, AgSource Cooperative Services – an $11 million, member-owned Midwest cooperative that provides milk production recording, milk quality analysis, electronic data access, management software, soil fertility analysis, forage nutrient analysis, global position sampling, payment milk testing for dairy plants, water analysis and food pathogen analysis
  • Member, National Animal Identification Task Force – developed national plan to upgrade the systems necessary for animal disease monitoring, surveillance, control and eradication in the United States
  • Governance and Oversight Subcommittee, United States Animal Identification Plan – helped build the framework and standards for the national animal identification system
  • Speaker, National Institute for Animal Agriculture – NIAA provides a forum for building consensus and advancing solutions for animal agriculture issues, and furnishes continuing education and communication linkages for industry professionals
  • Speaker, World Dairy Expo – WDE is the largest dairy production trade show in the world
  • Past Vice President; Shawano County Farm Bureau
  • Director, Shawano County Dairy Promotions
  • Director, Shawano County Holstein Assn.
  • Shawano County Dairy Herd Improvement Assn.
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, AgSource Cooperative Services

International Experience

  • World Trade Organization – served as advisor to WTO negotiators at 1999 Seattle trade talks
  • Dairy Trade Coalition/American Trade Coalition – worked on issues affecting dairy trade, particularly the dairy checkoff program and Australian Free Trade Agreement.
  • Dairy Discovery Trip – traveled to Denmark and the Netherlands to examine dairy technology and practices, and determine what could be applied to Wisconsin’s dairy industry; has also traveled to Great Britain, Germany, Scotland, Austria and New Zealand
  • Has hosted international visitors from more than a dozen countries, including Russia, Czech, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Brazil, France, China, Japan, England, Germany, Netherlands, and Denmark