Wisconsin Green Party

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Wisconsin Green Party
ChairpersonDave Schwab
HeadquartersMadison, Wisconsin
IdeologyGreen politics
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
Wisconsin Senate
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Wisconsin House of Representatives
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Wisconsin Conservation Congress
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Other elected offices2 (June 2019)[1]

The Wisconsin Green Party (WIGP) is one of five recognized political parties in the state of Wisconsin[2] and is an active member of the Green Party of the United States.


The Wisconsin Green Party emerged in the late 1980s when several independent local Green groups combined. Walter Bresette and Frank Koehn of the Lake Superior Greens were instrumental figures in the early years of the party's development. Koehn's election to the Bayfield County board in 1986 was the first time a Green Party candidate had ever been elected to an office in the United States. Dennis Boyer, Richard Latker, Joyce Melville and others established a large chapter in Madison that brought together veteran activists (many of them former members of the Labor-Farm Party, which disintegrated in 1987 after Greens and Marxists in the party failed to agree on a platform) and student activists affiliated with the UW-Madison Greens.[3]

In 2006, the party helped place antiwar initiatives on the ballots in 32 towns (24 of which passed those propositions). In the spring of 2006, nine of 13 Green Party candidates won races in which they ran. John Hardin (Barron County), Ben Farrell (Winnebago County), Bob Ryan (Door County), Barbara Vedder (Dane County), John Hendrick (Dane County), and Kyle Richmond (Dane County) all won re-election to their respective county board seats. Vedder had been appointed to an open seat a few months before the election.[3]

Jeff Peterson (Polk County) and Ashok Kumar (Dane County) took their seats as county board officials for the first time, as did Eric Krszjzaniek (Portage County) who won a recount of write-in votes with an original 5-7 loss turning into an 8-3 win.[3]

On April 3, 2007 a further seven out of 14 Green Party candidates running for office won their elections throughout Wisconsin. This brought the total number of elected Greens in Wisconsin to twenty-two.[4]

The Wisconsin Green Party's headquarters are in Madison.[3]

Statewide nominees[5][edit]

  • 2002 - Jim Young, Governor[6]
  • 2002 - Paul Aschenbrenner, Treasurer[6]
  • 2006 - Nelson Eisman, Governor
  • 2006 - Leon Todd, Lieutenant Governor
  • 2006 - Winston Sephus, Treasurer
  • 2006 - Michael LaForest, Secretary of State
  • 2006 - Rae Vogeler, U.S. Senate
  • 2014 - Ron Hardy, Treasurer

Presidential nominee results[5][edit]

Since 1996, the national Green Party has run a candidate for President of the United States. In that year, Green Party nominee, Ralph Nader was on the ballot as an independent. The party's highest vote total came in 2000, when Ralph Nader received over 94,000 votes. The lowest vote total came in 2004, when David Cobb was the nominee. His campaign received only 2,661 votes. Nader, who was also on the ballot as an independent candidate, received over 16,000 votes.

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader 28,723 (1.31%)
2000 Ralph Nader 94,070 (3.62%)
2004 David Cobb 2,661 (0.10%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,216 (0.14%)
2012 Jill Stein 7,665 (0.25%)
2016 Jill Stein 31,072 (1.04%)

Notable Wisconsin Greens[edit]


  1. ^ https://gpus.org/elections/green-officeholders-june-2019/
  2. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (comp.). State of Wisconsin 2015-2016 Blue Book. Madison: Wisconsin Department of Administration, 2015, p. 842. "At the beginning of 2015, Wisconsin had five recognized political parties: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican."
  3. ^ a b c d "History". Wisconsin Green Party. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Local News". Gp.org. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  5. ^ a b "Wisconsin Election Results". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Wisconsin Green Party" (PDF). WNPJ.org. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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