Wisconsin State Assembly District 17

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 17
Current incumbentLa Tonya Johnson Democratic Party
Voting age69.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's seventeenth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative La Tonya Johnson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 51,861 civilians reside within Wisconsin's seventeenth state assembly district.[1] Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly represent an average of 57,444 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,179 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.


Section 6 of Article 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not have resided one year within the state, and be a qualified elector in the district which he may be chosen to represent."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Wisconsin Legislature are paid $49,943/year. Legislators receive a maximum of $88/day per diem, set by the compensation commission. Based on the maximum, the leadership of each house determines what amount to authorize for each session.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In the event of a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election when allowed by law.[5] Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election.[6] If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.[7]



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly 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. Incumbent LaTonya Johnson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Eugenie Stackowitz ran as an Independent candidate. Johnson and Stackowitz faced off in the general election.[8][9] Incumbent Johnson defeated Stackowitz, and was re-elected to another term.[10]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 17 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaTonya Johnson Incumbent 87.5% 19,666
     Independent Eugenie Stackowitz 12.5% 2,802
Total Votes 22,468


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Democrat La Tonya Johnson defeated Independent candidate Anthony Edwards in the general election. Johnson defeated Sam Coleman, Tracey Dent, and Fred Royal in the Democratic primary election.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Virginia Pratt (Write-In) 0% 6
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaTonya Johnson 84.7% 20,288
     Independent Anthony Edwards 14.9% 3,573
     - Scattering 0.3% 76
Total Votes 23,943
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLaTonya Johnson 43.1% 2,054
Fred Royal 22.9% 1,093
Tracey Dent 22.5% 1,072
Sam Coleman 11.5% 548
Total Votes 4,767

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 17 have raised a total of $119,577. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $9,198 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $29,072 5 $5,814
2010 $16,569 2 $8,285
2008 $22,868 2 $11,434
2006 $20,388 1 $20,388
2004 $13,171 1 $13,171
2002 $6,650 1 $6,650
2000 $10,859 1 $10,859
Total $119,577 13 $9,198

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