Wisconsin State Assembly

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Wisconsin State Assembly
Wisconsin State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits None
History
New session started January 7, 2013
Leadership
Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos, (R)
Since January 7, 2013
Speaker pro tempore Tyler August, (R)
Since October 8, 2013
Majority Leader Patricia Strachota, (R)
Since March 4, 2014
Minority Leader Peter Barca, (D)
Since January 12, 2011
Structure
Seats 99
Political groups Republican Party (60)
Democratic Party (39)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary $49,943/year + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(99 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(99 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Assembly Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
Website
Wisconsin State Assembly
Podium in the 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 US 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.

Salary and benefits[edit]

Chairs 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 a day each in living expenses while they are in Madison on state business. Members of the Dane County delegation are allowed up to $44 each 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.[2]

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Midpoint
60 39
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 58 1 39 98 1
Begin[3] 59 39 98 1
April 16, 2013[4] 60 99 0
September 3, 2013[5] 59 98 1
September 16, 2013[6] 58 97 2
October 14, 2013[7] 57 96 3
December 4, 2013[8] 59 98 1
December 17, 2013[9] 60 99 0
Latest voting share 61% 39%

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party
  Speaker Robin Vos Republican
  Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August Republican
  Majority Leader Patricia Strachota Republican
  Assistant Majority Leader Jim Steineke Republican
  Majority Caucus Chair Joan Ballweg Republican
  Minority Leader Peter Barca Democratic
  Assistant Minority Leader Sandy Pasch Democratic
  Minority Caucus Chair Andy Jorgensen 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 combining three assembly districts.

Senate
District
Assembly
District
Representative Party Current Age Residence First Elected
1 1 Garey Bies Rep 67 Sister Bay 2000
2 Andre Jacque Rep 33 Bellevue 2010
3 Alvin Ott Rep 64 Forest Junction 1986
2 4 Chad Weininger Rep 42 Green Bay 2010
5 Jim Steineke Rep 43 Kaukauna 2010
6 Gary Tauchen Rep 60 Bonduel 2006
3 7 Daniel Riemer Dem 27 Milwaukee 2012
8 JoCasta Zamarripa Dem 38 Milwaukee 2010
9 Josh Zepnick Dem 46 Milwaukee 2002
4 10 Sandy Pasch Dem 59 Whitefish Bay 2008
11 Mandela Barnes Dem 27 Milwaukee 2012
12 Frederick P. Kessler Dem 74 Milwaukee 2004
5 13 Rob Hutton Rep 47 Brookfield 2012
14 Dale P. Kooyenga Rep 35 Brookfield 2010
15 Joe Sanfelippo Rep 50 West Allis 2012
6 16 Leon Young Dem 46 Milwaukee 1993
17 La Tonya Johnson Dem 41 Milwaukee 2012
18 Evan Goyke Dem 31 Milwaukee 2012
7 19 Jon Richards Dem 50 Milwaukee 1998
20 Christine Sinicki Dem 54 Bay View 1998
21 Jessie Rodriguez Rep 29 Franklin 2013
8 22 Don Pridemore Rep 67 Hartford 2004
23 Jim Ott Rep 66 Mequon 2006
24 Dan Knodl Rep 55 Germantown 2008
9 25 Paul Tittl Rep 52 Manitowoc 2012
26 Mike Endsley Rep 52 Sheboygan 2010
27 Steve Kestell Rep 58 Herman 1998
10 28 Erik Severson Rep 40 Star Prairie 2010
29 John Murtha Rep 62 Baldwin 2006
30 Dean Knudson Rep 52 Hudson 2010
11 31 Amy Loudenbeck Rep 44 Clinton 2010
32 Tyler August Rep 31 Walworth 2010
33 Stephen Nass Rep 61 Whitewater 1990
12 34 Rob Swearingen Rep 50 Rhinelander 2012
35 Mary Czaja Rep 50 Irma 2012
36 Jeffrey Mursau Rep 59 Crivitz 2004
13 37 John Jagler Rep 44 Watertown 2012
38 Joel Kleefisch Rep 42 Oconomowoc 2004
39 Mark Born Rep 38 Beaver Dam 2012
14 40 Kevin David Petersen Rep 49 Waupaca 2006
41 Joan Ballweg Rep 62 Markesan 2004
42 Keith Ripp Rep 52 Lodi 2008
15 43 Andy Jorgensen Dem 46 Milton 2006
44 Debra Kolste Dem 60 Janesville 2012
45 Janis Ringhand Dem 64 Evansville 2010
16 46 Gary Hebl Dem 62 Sun Prairie 2004
47 Robb Kahl Dem 42 Monona 2012
48 Melissa Sargent Dem 45 Madison 2012
17 49 Travis Tranel Rep 28 Cuba City 2010
50 Edward Brooks Rep 71 Reedsburg 2008
51 Howard Marklein Rep 59 Spring Green 2010
18 52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt Rep 47 Fond du Lac 2010
53 Michael Schraa Rep 53 Oshkosh 2012
54 Gordon Hintz Dem 40 Oshkosh 2006
19 55 Dean Kaufert Rep 56 Neenah 1990
56 Dave Murphy Rep 59 Greenville 2012
57 Penny Bernard Schaber Dem 60 Appleton 2008
20 58 Patricia Strachota Rep 58 West Bend 2004
59 Daniel LeMahieu Rep 67 Cascade 2002
60 Duey Stroebel Rep 54 Cedarburg 2011
21 61 Samantha Kerkman Rep 40 Powers Lake 2000
62 Tom Weatherston Rep 64 Racine 2012
63 Robin Vos Rep 45 Burlington 2004
22 64 Peter Barca Dem 58 Kenosha 2008
65 Tod Ohnstad Dem 61 Kenosha 2012
66 Cory Mason Dem 41 Racine 2006
23 67 Tom Larson Rep 66 Colfax 2010
68 Kathy Bernier Rep 57 Chippewa Falls 2010
69 Bob Kulp Rep 48 Stratford 2013
24 70 Amy Sue Vruwink Dem 38 Milladore 2002
71 Katrina Shankland Dem 26 Stevens Point 2012
72 Scott Krug Rep 38 Wisconsin Rapids 2010
25 73 Nick Milroy Dem 40 Superior 2008
74 Janet Bewley Dem 62 Ashland 2010
75 Stephen Smith Dem 62 Shell Lake 2012
26 76 Chris Taylor Dem 46 Madison 2011
77 Terese Berceau Dem 63 Madison 1998
78 Brett Hulsey Dem 54 Madison 2010
27 79 Dianne Hesselbein Dem 43 Middleton 2012
80 Sondy Pope Dem 63 Verona 2002
81 Fred Clark Dem 54 Baraboo 2008
28 82 Ken Skowronski Rep 75 Franklin 2013
83 David Craig Rep 35 Vernon 2011
84 Mike Kuglitsch Rep 54 New Berlin 2010
29 85 Mandy Wright Dem 36 Wausau 2012
86 John Spiros Rep 52 Marshfield 2012
87 Mary Williams Rep 64 Medford 2002
30 88 John Klenke Rep 55 Green Bay 2010
89 John Nygren Rep 50 Marinette 2006
90 Eric Genrich Dem 34 Green Bay 2012
31 91 Dana Wachs Dem 56 Eau Claire 2012
92 Chris Danou Dem 47 Trempealeau 2008
93 Warren Petryk Rep 59 Eleva 2010
32 94 Steve Doyle Dem 55 Onalaska 2011
95 Jill Billings Dem 52 La Crosse 2011
96 Lee Nerison Rep 61 Westby 2004
33 97 Bill Kramer Rep 49 Waukesha 2006
98 Adam Neylon Rep 29 Pewaukee 2013
99 Chris Kapenga Rep 42 Delafield 2010

2013-2014 Resignations[edit]

Assembly
District
Representative Party Current Age Residence First Elected
21 Mark Honadel Rep 58 South Milwaukee 2003
69 Scott Suder Rep 45 Abbotsford 1998
82 Jeff Stone Rep 53 Greendale 1998
99 Paul Farrow Rep 49 Pewaukee 2010

Images[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1991, p. 229.
  2. ^ Hagensick, A. Clarke. "Influences of Partisanship and Incumbency on a Nonpartisan Election System" The Western Political Quarterly Vol. 17, No. 1 (Mar., 1964), pp. 117–124
  3. ^ Republican Paul Farrow (District 98) declined to take his seat after being elected to the Wisconsin Senate in a December special election.
  4. ^ Republican Adam Neylon (District 98) took his seat after being elected in an April special election.
  5. ^ Republican Scott Suder (District 69) resigned to take a position with Governor Walker's administration.
  6. ^ Republican Mark Honadel (District 21) resigned for a job in the private sector.
  7. ^ Republican Jeff Stone (District 21) resigned for a position with Governor Walker's administration.
  8. ^ Republicans Jessie Rodriguez & Bob Kulp(Districts 21 & 69) were elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.
  9. ^ Republican Ken Skowronski (District 82) was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

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