In WI-03, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D, is retiring, leaving open one of the country’s most competitive swing seats. Wisconsin State Senator Brad Pfaff, former Wisconsin secretary-designee of agriculture, trade, and consumer protection, won the state’s Democratic primary. He will face Republican Derrick Van Orden, whose campaign website continues to rant about schools being closed in the pandemic. In addition, Van Orden was caught lying and trying to cover up the fact that he joined insurrectionists on U.S. Capitol grounds on January 6. Van Orden narrowly lost to Kind in 2020, which has the GOP itching for a flip.
Brad Pfaff is a proud son of the rolling hills, coulees, and valleys of northern La Crosse County. He learned the value of hard work, resilience, appreciation for the land, and respect for his community while growing up on his family’s dairy farm.
Pfaff’s homegrown values inform his service to the people of Wisconsin. He currently serves the people of western Wisconsin in the State Senate, where he is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture and Tourism Committee.
Before his election to the State Senate, Pfaff led the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, advocating for farmers’ mental health, increased market opportunities for farmers, and rural prosperity through broadband, healthcare, and education.
Pfaff has also held senior positions with the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, where he worked for the best interest of family farmers, consumers, rural residents, and communities.
Brad Pfaff believes that Wisconsin has an opportunity to become a leader in conservation efforts, prevent water contamination, reduce carbon emissions, and lessen the impact of climate change. He is committed to restoring environmental protections, investing in sustainable energy production, and pursuing long-term sustainability solutions to ensure access to clean air, land, and water for generations to come.
Brad Pfaff supports a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health and starting a family. He has said, “I will stand on the side of women across America and vote to codify the right to an abortion when I get to Congress.”
Pfaff has been named a gun sense candidate by Moms Demand Action. “I stand with the majority of gun owners in support of common sense gun reform,” he said.