Wisconsin State Senate

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Wisconsin State Senate
Wisconsin State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 3, 2017
Leadership
Roger Roth (R)
Since January 3, 2017
President pro tempore
Howard Marklein (R)
Since January 3, 2017
Majority Leader
Scott L. Fitzgerald (R)
Since January 8, 2013
Minority Leader
Jennifer Shilling (D)
Since January 5, 2015
Structure
Seats 33
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Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary $50,950/year + $153 per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(16 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018 (17 seats)
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
Website
Wisconsin State Senate

The Wisconsin Senate, the powers of which are modeled after those of the U.S. Senate, is the upper house of the Wisconsin State Legislature, smaller than the Wisconsin State Assembly. Together, they constitute the legislative branch of the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Constitution ties the size of the State Senate to that of the Assembly, by limiting its size to no less than 1/4, nor more than 1/3, of the size of the Assembly. Currently, Wisconsin is divided into 33 Senate Districts (1/3 of the current Assembly membership of 99) apportioned throughout the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 33 senators. A Senate district is formed by combining three Assembly districts. Similar to the U.S. Senate, in addition to its duty of reviewing and voting on all legislation passed through the legislature, the State Senate has the exclusive responsibility of confirming certain gubernatorial appointments, particularly cabinet secretaries (as part of the system of checks and balances) and members of boards and commissions. Senators are elected for four-year terms, staggered so that approximately half of the Senate is up for election every two years. If a vacancy occurs in a Senate seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election. The Senate chamber is in the south wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison.

Salary and benefits[edit]

The salary for legislators serving in the 2017 Wisconsin Legislature - $50,950 - is unchanged from the previous session. The salary for legislators serving in the 2015 session was increased by 2 percent from the $49,943 rate that had been in effect for the previous three bienniums. Before that increase, the most recent increase was an increase of 5 per-cent from the 2007 session to the 2009 session. The Speaker of the Assembly receives an additional stipend, which is currently $25 per month.[1]

In addition to their salaries, senators outside Dane County may receive a per diem up to $88 to cover living expenses while they are in Dane County on state business. Members of the Madison delegation may receive a per diem up to $44 to cover expenses. Each senator also receives $75 per month in "out-of-session" pay when the Legislature is in session for three days or less. Over two years, each senator is allotted $66,008 to cover general office expenses, printing, postage and district mailings.[citation needed]

2016 general election[edit]

Podium in the Senate

Following the 2016 elections, the Wisconsin State Senate maintained a Republican majority in January 2017 for several reasons. Democrat Julie Lassa lost her re-election to Patrick Testin. Following the retirement and death of Republican Senator Rick Gudex, Republican Dan Feyen defeated Democrat Mark Harris. The Senate currently has 18 Republicans and 15 Democrats.

Current session[edit]

Composition[edit]

Midpoint
18 15
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
Begin 100th Legislature (2011) 19 14 33 0
End 100th (2012) 16 17
Begin 101st (2013) 18 15 33 0
End 101st (2014) 17 32 1
Begin 102nd (2015) 18 14 32 1
End 102nd (2016) 18 32 1
Begin 103rd (2017) 20 13 33 0
October 10, 2017[2] 19 32 1
December 29, 2017[3] 18 31 2
January 16, 2018[4] 14 32 1
June 12, 2018[5] 15 33 0
Latest voting share 55% 45%

Senate officers[edit]

Position Name
President of the Senate Roger Roth
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Howard Marklein
Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald
Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir
Majority Caucus Chair Van Wanggaard
Majority Caucus Vice Chair Patrick Testin
Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling
Assistant Minority Leader Janet Bewley
Minority Caucus Chair Mark Miller
Minority Caucus Vice Chair Janis Ringhand
Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk

Members[edit]

Senator District Party Residence Current age First elected Next election
Caleb Frostman 01 Dem Sturgeon Bay 2018 2018
Robert Cowles 02 Rep Green Bay 67 1987 2020
Tim Carpenter 03 Dem Milwaukee 58 2002 2018
Lena Taylor 04 Dem Milwaukee 51 2004 2020
Leah Vukmir 05 Rep Wauwatosa 60 2010 2018
La Tonya Johnson 06 Dem Milwaukee 46 2016 2020
Chris Larson 07 Dem Milwaukee 37 2010 2018
Alberta Darling 08 Rep River Hills 74 1992 2020
Devin LeMahieu 09 Rep Sheboygan 45 2014 2018
Patty Schachtner 10 Dem Somerset 57 2018 2020
Stephen Nass 11 Rep Whitewater 65 2014 2018
Tom Tiffany 12 Rep Hazelhurst 60 2012 2020
Scott Fitzgerald 13 Rep Juneau 54 1994 2018
Luther Olsen 14 Rep Ripon 67 2004 2020
Janis Ringhand 15 Dem Evansville 68 2014 2018
Mark F. Miller 16 Dem Monona 75 2004 2020
Howard Marklein 17 Rep Spring Green 63 2014 2018
Dan Feyen 18 Rep Fond du Lac 50 2016 2020
Roger Roth 19 Rep Appleton 40 2014 2018
Duey Stroebel 20 Rep Saukville 58 2015 2020
Van H. Wanggaard 21 Rep Racine 66 2014 2018
Robert Wirch 22 Dem Kenosha 74 1996 2020
Terry Moulton 23 Rep Chippewa Falls 71 2010 2018
Patrick Testin 24 Rep Stevens Point 30 2016 2020
Janet Bewley 25 Dem Ashland 66 2014 2018
Fred Risser 26 Dem Madison 91 1962 2020
Jon Erpenbach 27 Dem Middleton 57 1998 2018
David Craig 28 Rep Vernon 39 2016 2020
Jerry Petrowski 29 Rep Marathon 68 2012 2018
Dave Hansen 30 Dem Green Bay 70 2000 2020
Kathleen Vinehout 31 Dem Alma 60 2006 2018
Jennifer Shilling 32 Dem La Crosse 49 2011 2020
Chris Kapenga 33 Rep Delafield 46 2015 2018

Past notable members[edit]

Past composition of the Senate[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salaries of elected officials effective January 2017 LRB REPORTS FEBRUARY 2017, VOL. 1, NO. 2
  2. ^ Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-10) resigns to take appointment as head of state Department of Agriculture [1]
  3. ^ Sen. Frank Lasee (R-1) resigns to take a job with Gov. Scott Walker's administration [2]
  4. ^ Democrat Patty Schachtner was elected to District 10.[3]
  5. ^ Democrat Caleb Frostman was elected to District 1 [4]

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