|Wisconsin State Senate District 21|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Wisconsin State Senate District 21|
|2011 - July 16, 2012|
|Place of birth||Fort Leavenworth, KS|
|Profession||Retired Police Officer, County Board Supervisor|
Wanggaard is a former Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, District 21. He was first elected to the senate in 2010, having previously represented District 7 in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2002 until assuming his seat in the senate. Wanggaard lost the seat to John Lehman (D) in a recall election in 2012.
Wanggaard is a 29-year veteran of the Racine Police Department. He worked as a Director for Traffic Accident Consultants, Inc from 1987-1995, and as an instructors with numerous law enforcement and state agencies.
Wanggaard faced a recall election on June 5, 2012. Unofficial results showed John Lehman (D) won the election by 779 votes and he declared victory. Wanggaard called for a recount, which also showed Lehman won. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wanggaard served on these committees:
- Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs
- Insurance and Housing
- Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs, Chair
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems
Wanggaard's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Jobs & Economic Growth
- Excerpt: "Cut Taxes for Every Taxpayer"
- Excerpt: "Expand Investment Opportunity"
- Excerpt: "Bring the Hard Rock Casino to Kenosha"
- Excerpt: "Property Tax Cuts – Wisconsin’s property tax burden is still too high. I will work to continue cutting property taxes."
- Excerpt: "Income Tax Cuts – I will work to flatten our income tax and lower tax rates for all taxpayers."
- Excerpt: "Business Taxes – Work to repeal Combined Reporting, and the Capital Gains Tax"
- Excerpt: "Repeal and replace Common Core State Standards"
- Excerpt: "Bring innovations to the classroom"
- Excerpt: "Expand school choice opportunities statewide"
- Excerpt: "Continue to fight for Constitutional Carry with an optional permit for reciprocity purposes"
- Excerpt: "Fight all efforts to restrict your 2nd Amendment rights"
- Excerpt: "Prohibit sex selection abortions"
- Excerpt: "Prohibit state health insurance policies from covering abortions"
- Excerpt: "Support a 'Choose Life' license plate"
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Randy Bryce ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Van Wanggaard defeated Jonathan Steitz in the Republican primary. Bill Thompkins ran as a write-in candidate for the Restoring Power and Responsibility Party in the general election. Wanggaard defeated Bryce and Thompkins in the general election.
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 General Election, 2014|
|Restoring Power and Responsibility||Bill Thompkins||0%||34|
Unofficial results showed John Lehman (D) won the election by 779 votes and he declared victory. Wanggaard considered a recount - the county's board of canvassars had until June 15 to submit final vote totals. With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15. Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.
|Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard, 2012|
|Republican||Van Wanggaard Incumbent||49.4%||35,517|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
An effort to recall Wanggaard was launched on November 15, 2011. Supporters of the recall submitted over 24,000 signatures on January 17, 2012. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board voted unanimously on March 12 to order the recall, determining that at least 19,142 of the signatures were valid.
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 (2010) General Election|
|Van Wanggaard (R)||32,306||52.52%|
|John Lehman (D)||28,930||47.43%|
|Wisconsin Senate, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Van H. Wanggaard (R)||13,864||79.89%|
|Bob Gulan (R)||3,475||20.03%|
In 2010, the year Wanggaard first won election to the Senate, he collected $257,684 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Racine County Republican Party||$1,250|
|Republican Party of Ozaukee County||$1,150|
In 2014, Wanggaard's endorsements include the following:
Wanggaard and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children.
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- Van Wanggaard on Facebook
- Van Wanggaard on Twitter
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Project Vote Smart.org, "Senator Van H. Wanggaard biography," May 27, 2011
- WAOW, "Wanggaard still not conceding election," June 6, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Van Wanggaard, Republican Wisconsin State Senator, Drops Recount Appeal," July 10, 2012
- Wanggaard for Senate, "Issues and Accomplishments," accessed October 23, 2014
- Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 2014 fall primary election results," accessed August 12, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2014 Partisan Primary Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," June 11, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Canvass Results for 2014 General Election," December 1, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Democrats easily win Senate primaries," May 9, 2012
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wanggaard calls for recount in Senate recall race," June 15, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Recount: Dem wins Wisconsin Senate recall," July 2, 2012
- FOX 6 Now, "Recall paperwork filed Tuesday for four senators, including Van Wanggaard," November 15, 2011
- The Journal Times, "Wis. board orders recalls against 4 GOP senators," March 12, 2012
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
- Follow the Money.org, Van Wanggaard candidate summary, accessed June 9, 2011
- Wanggaard for Senate, "Endorsements," accessed October 23, 2014
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