Terry Van Akkeren

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Terry Van Akkeren
Mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin
In office
March 5, 2012 – April 16, 2013
Preceded by Bob Ryan
Succeeded by Mike Vandersteen
Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Succeeded by Mike Endsley
Personal details
Born Terry Van Akkeren
(1954-03-10) March 10, 1954 (age 63)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Sue Van Akkeren
Children Beth, Peter, David, and Amy
Residence Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Terry Van Akkeren (born March 10, 1954) is an American politician, engineering technician, and die and tool maker.


Van Akkeren graduated from Sheboygan North High School and went to Lakeshore Technical College. He worked as an engineering technician and tool and die maker. He also served on the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors. From 2002 until 2010 Van Akkeren served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, as a Democrat, representing the 26th Assembly District.[1]


Van Akkeren unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Sheboygan in 2009. He lost to Alderman Bob Ryan 3,968 votes to 5,891. He ran again in 2012 when a special recall election was called.

On November 2, 2010, Van Akkeren was defeated for election by Mike Endsley.[2]

On February 21, 2012, Van Akkeren defeated Mayor Bob Ryan in the mayoral recall election.[3] On March 5, 2012, Van Akkeren was sworn in as Mayor of Sheboygan.[4] After serving the remaining months of former Mayor Ryan's four-year term, Van Akkeren lost his reelection bid to Sheboygan County Supervisor Mike Vandersteen by a vote of 4,059 to 3,862.[5] On November 4, 2014, Terry Katsma defeated Van Akkeren for the Wisconsin State Assembly seat.[6]


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