Wisconsin State Assembly

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Wisconsin State Assembly
Wisconsin State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 7, 2019
Leadership
Speaker of the Assembly
Robin Vos (R)
since January 7, 2013
Speaker pro tempore
Tyler August (R)
since October 8, 2013
Majority Leader
Jim Steineke (R)
since January 5, 2015
Minority Leader
Gordon Hintz (D)
since October 1, 2017
Structure
Seats99
Wisconsin Assembly 1-17-18.svg
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary$50,950/year + $153 per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(99 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(99 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Wisconsin State Assembly Podium.jpg
State Assembly Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
Website
Wisconsin State Assembly

The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature. Together with the smaller Wisconsin Senate, the two constitute the legislative branch of the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

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.[1] The size of the Wisconsin State Senate is tied to the size of the Assembly; it must be between one-fourth and one-third the size of the Assembly. Presently, the Senate has 33 members, with each Senate district formed by combining three neighboring Assembly districts.

The Assembly chamber is located in the west wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, in Madison, Wisconsin.

History[edit]

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.[2] The case made it to the United States Supreme Court, which vacated and remanded the case. The Supreme Court held that the plaintiff challenging the state assembly map did not have standing to sue, and therefore, the state assembly map was constitutional. In the Opinion of the Court, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that "[a] federal court is not 'a forum for generalized grievances," and the requirement of such a personal stake 'ensures that courts exercise power that is judicial in nature." Gill v. Whitford, 128 S.Ct. 1916 (2018). We enforce that requirement by insisting that a plaintiff [have] Article III standing..." Justice Kagan filed a concurring opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Gorsuch joined.[3]

Salary and benefits[edit]

Desks and voting board

Representatives elected or re-elected in the fall of 2016 receive an annual salary of $50,950.[4]

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.[5]

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Midpoint
63 35
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Vacant
Republican Democratic Total
Begin of 101st legislature (2013) 59 39 98 1
End 101st (2014) 60 99 0
Begin 102nd (2015) 63 36 99 0
End 102nd (2016)
Begin 103rd (2017) 64 35 99 0
End 103rd (2018)
Begin 104th (2019) 63 35 99 1
Latest voting share 63.6% 35.4%

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party
Speaker Robin Vos Republican
Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August Republican
Majority Leader Jim Steineke Republican
Assistant Majority Leader Mary Felzkowski Republican
Majority Caucus Chair Dan Knodl Republican
Minority Leader Gordon Hintz Democratic
Assistant Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein Democratic
Minority Caucus Chair Mark Spreitzer Democratic
Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller
Sergeant-at-Arms Anne Tonnon Byers

Members[edit]

The corresponding state senate districts are shown as a senate district is formed by nesting three assembly districts.

Senate
District
Assembly
District
Representative Party Current Age Residence First Elected
1 1 Joel Kitchens Rep 61 Sturgeon Bay 2014
2 Shae Sortwell Rep 33 Two Rivers 2018
3 Ron Tusler Rep 35 Appleton 2016
2 4 David Steffen Rep 47 Howard 2014
5 Jim Steineke Rep 48 Kaukauna 2010
6 Gary Tauchen Rep 65 Bonduel 2006
3 7 Daniel Riemer Dem 32 Milwaukee 2012
8 JoCasta Zamarripa Dem 43 Milwaukee 2010
9 Marisabel Cabrera Dem 43 Milwaukee 2018
4 10 David Bowen Dem 32 Milwaukee 2014
11 Jason Fields Dem 45 Milwaukee 2016
12 LaKeshia Myers Dem 34 Milwaukee 2018
5 13 Rob Hutton Rep 52 Brookfield 2012
14 Robyn Vining Dem 42 Wauwatosa 2018
15 Joe Sanfelippo Rep 55 New Berlin 2012
6 16 Kalan Haywood Dem 19 Milwaukee 2018
17 David Crowley Dem 32 Milwaukee 2016
18 Evan Goyke Dem 36 Milwaukee 2012
7 19 Jonathan Brostoff Dem 35 Milwaukee 2014
20 Christine Sinicki Dem 59 Bay View 1998
21 Jessie Rodriguez Rep 41 Franklin 2013
8 22 Janel Brandtjen Rep 53 Waukesha 2014
23 Jim Ott Rep 71 Mequon 2006
24 Dan Knodl Rep 60 Germantown 2008
9 25 Paul Tittl Rep 57 Manitowoc 2012
26 Terry Katsma Rep 61 Oostburg 2014
27 Tyler Vorpagel Rep 34 Plymouth 2014
10 28 Gae Magnafici Rep 66 Dresser 2018
29 Rob Stafsholt Rep 43 New Richmond 2016
30 Shannon Zimmerman Rep 47 River Falls 2016
11 31 Amy Loudenbeck Rep 49 Clinton 2010
32 Tyler August Rep 36 Walworth 2010
33 Cody Horlacher Rep 32 Mukwonago 2014
12 34 Rob Swearingen Rep 55 Rhinelander 2012
35 Mary Felzkowski Rep 55 Irma 2012
36 Jeffrey Mursau Rep 64 Crivitz 2004
13 37 John Jagler Rep 49 Watertown 2012
38 Barbara Dittrich Rep 54 Oconomowoc 2018
39 Mark Born Rep 43 Beaver Dam 2012
14 40 Kevin David Petersen Rep 54 Waupaca 2006
41 Joan Ballweg Rep 67 Markesan 2004
42 Jon Plumer Rep 64 Lodi 2018
15 43 Don Vruwink Dem 66 Milton 2016
44 Debra Kolste Dem 65 Janesville 2012
45 Mark Spreitzer Dem 32 Beloit 2014
16 46 Gary Hebl Dem 67 Sun Prairie 2004
47 Jimmy P. Anderson Dem 32 Fitchburg 2016
48 Melissa Sargent Dem 50 Madison 2012
17 49 Travis Tranel Rep 33 Cuba City 2010
50 Tony Kurtz Rep 52 Wonewoc 2018
51 Todd Novak Rep 54 Dodgeville 2014
18 52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt Rep 52 Fond du Lac 2010
53 Michael Schraa Rep 58 Oshkosh 2012
54 Gordon Hintz Dem 45 Oshkosh 2006
19 55 Mike Rohrkaste Rep 60 Neenah 2014
56 Dave Murphy Rep 64 Greenville 2012
57 Amanda Stuck Dem 33 Appleton 2014
20 58 Rick Gundrum Rep 53 Slinger 2018
59 Timothy Ramthun Rep 62 Campbellsport 2018
60 Robert Brooks Rep 53 Saukville 2011
21 61 Samantha Kerkman Rep 45 Powers Lake 2000
62 Robert Wittke Rep 61 Racine 2018
63 Robin Vos Rep 50 Rochester 2004
22 64 Vacant
65 Tod Ohnstad Dem 66 Kenosha 2012
66 Greta Neubauer Dem 27 Racine 2018
23 67 Rob Summerfield Rep 39 Bloomer 2016
68 Jesse James Rep 47 Altoona 2018
69 Bob Kulp Rep 53 Stratford 2013
24 70 Nancy VanderMeer Rep 60 Tomah 2014
71 Katrina Shankland Dem 31 Stevens Point 2012
72 Scott Krug Rep 43 Wisconsin Rapids 2010
25 73 Nick Milroy Dem 45 Superior 2008
74 Beth Meyers Dem 59 Bayfield 2014
75 Romaine Quinn Rep 28 Rice Lake 2014
26 76 Chris Taylor Dem 51 Madison 2011
77 Shelia Stubbs Dem Madison 2018
78 Lisa Subeck Dem 47 Madison 2014
27 79 Dianne Hesselbein Dem 48 Middleton 2012
80 Sondy Pope Dem 68 Mount Horeb 2002
81 Dave Considine Dem 67 Baraboo 2014
28 82 Ken Skowronski Rep 80 Franklin 2013
83 Chuck Wichgers Rep 53 Muskego 2016
84 Mike Kuglitsch Rep 59 New Berlin 2010
29 85 Patrick Snyder Rep 62 Schofield 2016
86 John Spiros Rep 57 Marshfield 2012
87 James Edming Rep 73 Glen Flora 2014
30 88 John Macco Rep 60 De Pere 2014
89 John Nygren Rep 55 Marinette 2006
90 Staush Gruszynski Dem 34 Green Bay 2018
31 91 Jodi Emerson Dem 45 Eau Claire 2018
92 Treig Pronschinske Rep 52 Mondovi 2016
93 Warren Petryk Rep 64 Eleva 2010
32 94 Steve Doyle Dem 60 Onalaska 2011
95 Jill Billings Dem 57 La Crosse 2011
96 Loren Oldenburg Rep 53 Viroqua 2018
33 97 Scott Allen Rep 53 Waukesha 2014
98 Adam Neylon Rep 34 Pewaukee 2013
99 Cindi Duchow Rep 60 Delafield 2015

Images[edit]

Past composition of the Assembly[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1991, p. 229.
  2. ^ "Whitford v. Gill | Brennan Center for Justice". www.brennancenter.org. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Gill v. Whitford". SCOTUS blog. Retrieved February 9, 2019. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Salaries of Elected Officials Effective January 2017" (PDF). Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.

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