Van H. Wanggaard

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Van H. Wanggaard
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 21st district
In office
January 3, 2011 – July 11, 2012
Preceded by John Lehman (D)
Succeeded by John Lehman (D)
Personal details
Born (1952-04-19) April 19, 1952 (age 62)
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Jo Wanggaard; 2 children
Profession Former investigator for the Racine Police Department

Van H. Wanggaard (born April 19, 1952) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 21st district since January 3, 2011. He was defeated by his predecessor, John Lehman (D), in a recall election, held on June 5, 2012.[1] [2]

Background/family life[edit]

Born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Wanggaard graduated from Racine Lutheran High School in 1970. He then graduated from Gateway Technical College with a certificate in Police Science Instruction. Wanggard also took course work at University of Wisconsin–Extension, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Green Bay Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Racine Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, and the United States Coast Guard National SAR School. Wanggard also taught at Gateway Technical College. He also served on the Racine County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors 2002-2011. He ran for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006, but lost. He previously worked for the Racine Police Department from 1972 to 2001 as an investigator. He and his wife have two children.[3][4][5]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin 21st District Senate recall Election 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Van Wanggaard (incumbent) 35,539 49%
Democratic John Lehman 36,358 51%

This election has been certified.[6] [7] [8] [9]

Wisconsin 21st District Senate Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Van Wanggaard 32,031 52.55
Democratic John Lehman (incumbent) 28,922 47.45


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