John Nygren

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John Nygren
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 89th district
Assumed office
Preceded by John Gard
Personal details
Born (1964-02-27) February 27, 1964 (age 53)
Marinette, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maggie
Residence Marinette
Religion Lutheran
Website Site

John Nygren (born February 27, 1964) is an American insurance and financial services agent, former restaurateur, and Republican politician from Marinette, Wisconsin, who has served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly's 89th Assembly District (portions of Marinette, Oconto and Brown counties[1]) since 2007. At the beginning of the 2013–2014 Legislature, Nygren was named the Assembly Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Finance.


Nygren is a fourth generation resident of Northeast Wisconsin. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1982, has studied at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette,[2] and worked in the restaurant industry for over twelve years, eventually becoming co-owner/operator of his own establishment. In 1998 he started work at Great Lakes Financial Management Group selling insurance and other financial services.[3]

Nygren was very involved with the Jaycees. He served as Marinette's Chapter President, the Regional Director for Northeast Wisconsin, Wisconsin State President, and the United States National President.[3]

Elective office[edit]

Nygren served as the Chairman of the Marinette County Republican Party, and served on the City of Marinette Recreation and Planning Board from 2003–06. In the September 2006 primary election to succeed fellow Republican John Gard for the 89th District (Gard was running for Congress), Nygren narrowly defeated Gary Drzewiecki, with 2777 votes to Drzewiecki's 2740, and went on in November to defeat Democrat Randy Koehn (a Marinette High School teacher,[4] as is Nygren's wife Maggie), 11,844 to 10,011.[5] He was assigned to the standing committees on insurance, education, health and health care reform; and jobs and the economy[2]

He was unopposed in the 2008 Republican primary, again faced Koehn in the general election, and again defeated him, 14,814 to 12,839.[6] In 2010 he was again unopposed in his primary, and defeated Democrat Bob Orwig by 15,788 to 7,520.[7]

2011 run for state Senate[edit]

In 2011, Nygren sought to run against incumbent Democratic state senator Dave Hansen, who was the subject of a recall election; but the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board ruled that he was two signatures short of the necessary 400 signatures on his nomination petition, and would not be on the ballot.[8]

2012 election[edit]

In 2012 Nygren was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Abrams Town Chairman Joe Reinhard in the general election 59%–41% (16,081–11,129).[9]

2014 election[edit]

In 2014 Nygren was unopposed in both the Republican primary and general election,[10] taking 99.38% of the general election vote.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Nygren is married to Maggie, a family and consumer education teacher at Marinette High,[12] and they have three children Cassie, Cali, and Colin. The Nygren family is active at Faith Lutheran Church, where Maggie teaches Sunday school and chairs the Mission Board. John now serves as church Elder, and previously spent four years as Church President.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 Election for Wisconsin's 89th Assembly District [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Nygren (incumbent) 16,081 59.05% - 8.63%
Democratic Joe Reinhard 11,129 40.87% + 8.63%
Republican hold
2010 Election for Wisconsin's 89th Assembly District[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Nygren (incumbent) 15,788 67.68% +14.14%
Democratic Bob Orwig 7,520 32.24% -14.16%
Republican hold
2008 Election for Wisconsin's 89th Assembly District[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Nygren (incumbent) 14,814 53.54% - 0.56%
Democratic Randy Koehn 12,839 46.40% + 0.67%
Republican hold
2006 Election for Wisconsin's 89th Assembly District[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Nygren 11,844 54.10%
Democratic Randy Koehn 10,011 45.73%
Republican hold


  1. ^ "District map" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b Barish, Lawrence S. (ed.). "State of Wisconsin 2007 - 2008 Blue Book Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2007" (PDF). p. 89. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "State Representative John Nygren". 1964-02-27. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Barish, Lawrence S. (ed.). "State of Wisconsin 2007–2008 Blue Book Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2007" (PDF). pp. 920, 922. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  6. ^ Barish, Lawrence S (ed.). "State of Wisconsin 2009 – 2010 Blue Book Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2009" (PDF). p. 925. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  7. ^ ""2010 Fall General Election Results Summary – Post-Recount" Wisconsin Government Accountability Board" (PDF). December 7, 2010. p. 31. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  8. ^ Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b State of Wisconsin 2013–2014 Blue Book pg.910
  10. ^ "WI GAB Candidates Registered by Office" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "2014 General Election Canvass Report" (PDF). 
  12. ^ "Marinette High School: Teachers > Maggie Nygren > About the Teacher". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  13. ^ State of Wisconsin 2011-2012 Blue Book pg. 909
  14. ^ "Elections : Elections in Wisconsin" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  15. ^ "Elections : Marriage or Legal Status Recognized in Wisconsin" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

External links[edit]

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Sydney Ward
President of the United States Jaycees
Succeeded by
Mike Faller
Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
John Gard
Wisconsin State Representative - 89th District
2007 – present