Wisconsin State Assembly
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Wisconsin State Legislature|
New session started
|January 5, 2015|
Speaker of the Assembly
Speaker pro tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution|
|Salary||$50,950/year + $153 per diem|
|November 8, 2016
|November 6, 2018
|State Assembly Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
Representatives are elected for two-year terms, elected during the fall elections. If a vacancy occurs in an Assembly seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election.
The Wisconsin Constitution limits the size of the State Assembly to between 54 and 100 members inclusive. Since 1973, the state has been divided into 99 Assembly districts apportioned amongst the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 99 representatives. From 1848 to 1853 there were 66 assembly districts; from 1854 to 1856, 82 districts; from 1857 to 1861, 97 districts; and from 1862 to 1972, 100 districts.
On July 8, 2015 a case was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin arguing that Wisconsin’s 2011 state assembly map was unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering favoring the Republican-controlled legislature which discriminated against Democratic voters. This case became filed with the court as Whitford v Gill.
Salary and benefits
Representatives elected or re-elected in the fall of 2012 receive an annual salary of $49,943.
In addition to their salaries, representatives outside Dane County may receive up to $88 per day in living expenses while in Madison on state business. Members of the Dane County delegation are allowed up to $44 per day in expenses. Each representative also receives $75 per month in "out-of-session" pay when the legislature is in session for three days or less. Over two years, each representative is allotted $12,000 to cover general office expenses, printing, postage and district mailings.
According to a 1960 study, at that time Assembly salaries and benefits were so low that in Milwaukee County, positions on the County Board of Supervisors and the Milwaukee Common Council were considered more desirable than seats in the Assembly, and an average of 23% of Milwaukee legislators did not seek re-election. This pattern was not seen to hold to the same extent in the rest of the state, where local offices tended to pay less well.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Begin of 101st legislature (2013)||59||39||98||1|
|End 101st (2014)||60||99||0|
|Begin 102nd (2015)||63||36||99||0|
|August 5, 2015||62||99||1|
|End 102nd (2016)||63||99||0|
|Begin 103rd (2017)||64||35||99||0|
|Latest voting share||64.6%||35.4%|
|Speaker Pro Tempore||Tyler August||Republican|
|Majority Leader||Jim Steineke||Republican|
|Assistant Majority Leader||Rob Brooks||Republican|
|Majority Caucus Chair||Dan Knodl||Republican|
|Minority Leader||Peter Barca||Democratic|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Dianne Hesselbein||Democratic|
|Minority Caucus Chair||Mark Spreitzer||Democratic|
|Chief Clerk||Patrick Fuller|
|Sergeant-at-Arms||Anne Tonnon Byers|
The corresponding state senate districts are shown as a senate district is formed by nesting three assembly districts.
- Wisconsin state elections, 2010
- Wisconsin Legislature
- Wisconsin Senate
- American Legislative Exchange Council members
- Wisconsin Blue Book, 1991, p. 229.
- "Whitford v. Gill | Brennan Center for Justice". www.brennancenter.org. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
- Hagensick, A. Clarke. "Influences of Partisanship and Incumbency on a Nonpartisan Election System". The Western Political Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 1 (March 1964), pp. 117–124.