|Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 18th district
August 25, 2011 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Randy Hopper|
|Succeeded by||Rick Gudex|
July 21, 1975 |
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Jessica King (born July 21, 1975) is a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 18th Wisconsin District when elected in 2011. She defeated incumbent Republican Senator Randy Hopper in a special recall election on August 9, 2011, and took office August 25, 2011; but lost the seat to another Republican, Rick Gudex, in the November 2012 general election, helping to revert that chamber back to Republican control.
King was born and raised in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Her parents were disabled, [clarification needed] and she became a ward of the state at age 15. She put herself through the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, working in a juicebox factory and doing similar work, and went on to earn a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California. In 2004, she returned to Wisconsin to care for her aging parents. She opened a small business, and served as an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. King was elected to the Oshkosh Common Council, eventually becoming deputy mayor, In 2008, she ran against Hopper for the Senate losing by only 163 votes (41,741 to 41,904).
In the wake of the 2011 Wisconsin protests, King was one of two Wisconsin Democratic challengers successful in unseating Republican incumbent senators who had supported Governor Walker. The 18th District includes Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Waupun. She narrowly defeated Hopper by 1254 votes (28,191 votes to 26,937) amid a scandal in March 2011 regarding Hopper's reported marital infidelity 
On November 13, 2012, King conceded to Republican Rick Gudex, current Fond du Lac City Council president. As a result of this race, the Wisconsin State Senate reverted to Republican control by a two-vote majority in January 2013.
- Veremis, Lindsay (August 10, 2011). "District 18: King defeats Hopper". WLUK-TV. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012.
- Associated Press. "Wis. Dems to Take Oaths of Office Next Week" KSTP-TV August 18, 2011
- King Campaign Site
- Jessica King '01 is a Contributing Author
- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau State of Wisconsin 2009-2010 Blue Book Madison: Joint Committee on Legislative Organization, Wisconsin Legislature, 2009; p. 911
- Official election results
- Ferguson, David. "WI Repub lives outside district with mistress, says wife" rawstory.com March 13, 2011
- "Jessica King Concedes District 18 Race"