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 5, 2015
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
Peter Barca (D)
Since January 3, 2011
Structure
Seats 99
House of Representatives diagram 2014 State of Wisconsin.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary $50,950/year + $153 per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(99 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(99 seats)
Redistricting Legislative 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 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]

Salary and benefits[edit]

Desks and voting board

Representatives elected or re-elected in the fall of 2012 receive an annual salary of $49,943.[citation needed]

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.[3]

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Midpoint
64 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
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%

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party
Speaker Robin Vos Republican
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

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 60 Sturgeon Bay 2014
2 Andre Jacque Rep 36 Bellevue 2010
3 Ron Tusler Rep 33 Appleton 2016
2 4 David Steffen Rep 45 Howard 2014
5 Jim Steineke Rep 46 Kaukauna 2010
6 Gary Tauchen Rep 63 Bonduel 2006
3 7 Daniel Riemer Dem 30 Milwaukee 2012
8 JoCasta Zamarripa Dem 41 Milwaukee 2010
9 Josh Zepnick Dem 49 Milwaukee 2002
4 10 David Bowen Dem 30 Milwaukee 2014
11 Jason Fields Dem 43 Milwaukee 2016
12 Frederick P. Kessler Dem 77 Milwaukee 2004
5 13 Rob Hutton Rep 50 Brookfield 2012
14 Dale P. Kooyenga Rep 38 Brookfield 2010
15 Joe Sanfelippo Rep 53 New Berlin 2012
6 16 Leon Young Dem 50 Milwaukee 1993
17 David Crowley Dem 31 Milwaukee 2016
18 Evan Goyke Dem 34 Milwaukee 2012
7 19 Jonathan Brostoff Dem 33 Milwaukee 2014
20 Christine Sinicki Dem 57 Bay View 1998
21 Jessie Rodriguez Rep 40 Franklin 2013
8 22 Janel Brandtjen Rep 51 Waukesha 2014
23 Jim Ott Rep 70 Mequon 2006
24 Dan Knodl Rep 58 Germantown 2008
9 25 Paul Tittl Rep 55 Manitowoc 2012
26 Terry Katsma Rep 59 Oostburg 2014
27 Tyler Vorpagel Rep 32 Plymouth 2014
10 28 Adam Jarchow Rep 38 Balsam Lake 2014
29 Rob Stafsholt Rep 41 New Richmond 2016
30 Shannon Zimmerman Rep 45 River Falls 2016
11 31 Amy Loudenbeck Rep 47 Clinton 2010
32 Tyler August Rep 34 Walworth 2010
33 Cody Horlacher Rep 30 Mukwonago 2014
12 34 Rob Swearingen Rep 54 Rhinelander 2012
35 Mary Felzkowski Rep 53 Irma 2012
36 Jeffrey Mursau Rep 63 Crivitz 2004
13 37 John Jagler Rep 47 Watertown 2012
38 Joel Kleefisch Rep 46 Oconomowoc 2004
39 Mark Born Rep 41 Beaver Dam 2012
14 40 Kevin David Petersen Rep 52 Waupaca 2006
41 Joan Ballweg Rep 65 Markesan 2004
42 Keith Ripp Rep 55 Lodi 2008
15 43 Don Vruwink Dem 65 Milton 2016
44 Debra Kolste Dem 64 Janesville 2012
45 Mark Spreitzer Dem 30 Beloit 2014
16 46 Gary Hebl Dem 66 Sun Prairie 2004
47 Jimmy P. Anderson Dem 31 Fitchburg 2016
48 Melissa Sargent Dem 48 Madison 2012
17 49 Travis Tranel Rep 32 Cuba City 2010
50 Ed Brooks Rep 75 Reedsburg 2008
51 Todd Novak Rep 52 Dodgeville 2014
18 52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt Rep 50 Fond du Lac 2010
53 Michael Schraa Rep 56 Oshkosh 2012
54 Gordon Hintz Dem 43 Oshkosh 2006
19 55 Mike Rohrkaste Rep 58 Neenah 2014
56 Dave Murphy Rep 62 Greenville 2012
57 Amanda Stuck Dem 31 Appleton 2014
20 58 Bob Gannon Rep 58 Slinger 2014
59 Jesse Kremer Rep 40 Kewaskum 2014
60 Robert Brooks Rep 52 Saukville 2011
21 61 Samantha Kerkman Rep 43 Powers Lake 2000
62 Tom Weatherston Rep 67 Racine 2012
63 Robin Vos Rep 49 Rochester 2004
22 64 Peter Barca Dem 62 Kenosha 2008
65 Tod Ohnstad Dem 65 Kenosha 2012
66 Cory Mason Dem 44 Racine 2006
23 67 Rob Summerfield Rep 37 Bloomer 2016
68 Kathy Bernier Rep 61 Chippewa Falls 2010
69 Bob Kulp Rep 51 Stratford 2013
24 70 Nancy VanderMeer Rep 58 Tomah 2014
71 Katrina Shankland Dem 30 Stevens Point 2012
72 Scott Krug Rep 42 Wisconsin Rapids 2010
25 73 Nick Milroy Dem 43 Superior 2008
74 Beth Meyers Dem 58 Bayfield 2014
75 Romaine Quinn Rep 27 Rice Lake 2014
26 76 Chris Taylor Dem 49 Madison 2011
77 Terese Berceau Dem 67 Madison 1998
78 Lisa Subeck Dem 46 Madison 2014
27 79 Dianne Hesselbein Dem 46 Middleton 2012
80 Sondy Pope Dem 67 Verona 2002
81 Dave Considine Dem 65 Baraboo 2014
28 82 Ken Skowronski Rep 79 Franklin 2013
83 Chuck Wichgers Rep 52 Muskego 2016
84 Mike Kuglitsch Rep 57 New Berlin 2010
29 85 Patrick Snyder Rep 60 Schofield 2016
86 John Spiros Rep 56 Marshfield 2012
87 James Edming Rep 71 Glen Flora 2014
30 88 John Macco Rep 58 DePere 2014
89 John Nygren Rep 53 Marinette 2006
90 Eric Genrich Dem 37 Green Bay 2012
31 91 Dana Wachs Dem 60 Eau Claire 2012
92 Treig Pronschinske Rep 50 Mondovi 2016
93 Warren Petryk Rep 62 Eleva 2010
32 94 Steve Doyle Dem 59 Onalaska 2011
95 Jill Billings Dem 55 La Crosse 2011
96 Lee Nerison Rep 65 Westby 2004
33 97 Scott Allen Rep 51 Waukesha 2014
98 Adam Neylon Rep 32 Pewaukee 2013
99 Cindi Duchow Rep Delafield 2015

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1991, p. 229.
  2. ^ "Whitford v. Gill | Brennan Center for Justice". www.brennancenter.org. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  3. ^ 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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