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Mark Neumann is a Wisconsin businessman and former member of the United States House of Representatives. He announced his candidacy for Wisconsin governor July, 2009. He is a member of the Republican party.
Early life and career
Neumann was born Feb. 27, 1954 in East Troy, Wisc. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1975. He taught math at River Falls high school for four years, while gaining his graduate degree at UW-River Falls. Neumann also did post-graduate work at UW, before starting his own real estate business in 1986.
Neumann has been married for 36 years to his wife Sue, and has three children; Andrew, Tricia and Matthew.
Real Estate Business
Neumann started his real estate business in 1986 with his wife in the Janesville/Milton area in Wisconsin. After almost failing in the first year, the business had grown to building 120 homes per year by 1990.
Neumann's company has received various business awards over the years, including Inc. Magazine's "Fastest Growing Companies in America" in 1991, 2004 and 2005, Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 100 Companies in America" in 2005, and the Wisconsin Builder's "Green Development Recognition" award.
U.S. House of Representatives
Neumann was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994, after two previous unsuccessful runs. He represented Wisconsin's first district, and was the first Republican to hold the seat since 1971.
Neumann focused on budget and finance issues during his time in the House, and served on the House Budget committee and House Appropriations committee.
He ran again in 1998, but lost to Russ Feingold by less than 2 percent of the vote.
2010 Gubernatorial Election
Neumann announced his candidacy for Wisconsin governor July 1, 2009. After running in the primaries, Neumann ultimately lost to follow Republican Scott Walker.
The main issues of Neumann's campaign are job creation and economic growth. He believes in lowering taxes and government regulations on businesses, and has said that his experience in the private sector puts him at an advantage for understanding business owners.
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