Van H. Wanggaard

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Van H. Wanggaard
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 21st district
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by John Lehman
In office
January 3, 2011 – July 11, 2012
Preceded by John Lehman
Succeeded by John Lehman
Personal details
Born (1952-04-19) April 19, 1952 (age 64)
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) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 21st district since January 5, 2015, and before that from January 3, 2011 until July 11, 2012. He was defeated by his predecessor, John Lehman (D), in a recall election, held on June 5, 2012.[1][2] Wanggaard regained his seat after Lehman decided not to run for reelection in 2014.

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 Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Van Wanggaard 32,031 52.55
Democratic John Lehman (incumbent) 28,922 47.45
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.[1][2][6] [7]

2014 Senate race[edit]

Since the 21st District has been redistricted, Lehman chose not to run for re-election in 2014, opting instead to seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (which he won). Wanggaard sought and received the nomination to run once more for his old seat, drawing 10,561 votes to 4,291 for Jonathan Stetz. He will take on Democrat Randy Bryce in the general election.[8] On November 4, 2014, Wanggaard was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate.[9]


  1. ^ a b Alison Bauter. "Recount affirms Lehman's win in Senate recall race". 
  2. ^ a b "Election Recount Information". 
  3. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-2010, Biographical Sketch of Van H. Wanggaard, pg. 60
  4. ^ "Van Wanggaard's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. 
  5. ^ "Default Parallels Plesk Page". 
  6. ^ "District 21 Senate seat still up in the air in WI -". 
  7. ^ Joan Sanstadt, News Editor. "Walker and Kleefisch win recall election". Agri-View. 
  8. ^ Bergquist, Lee. "Election 2014: Allen, Brostoff, Wanggaard, Bowen win legislative primaries" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 13, 2014
  9. ^ 'Wanggaard reclaims senate seat,' The Journal Times, Mark Schaff, November 5, 2014

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