Wisconsin State Assembly District 44

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 44
Current incumbentDebra Kolste Democratic Party
Voting age75.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's forty-fourth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Debra Kolste.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 53,057 civilians reside within Wisconsin's forty-fourth 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, 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 Debra Kolste defeated Republican incumbent Joe Knilans in the general election. Kolste defeated Sam Liebert, Kevin Murray, and Yuri Rashkin in the Democratic primary election. Knilans was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Joe Knilans Incumbent 38.3% 10,571
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Kolste 61.5% 16,983
     - Scattering 0.2% 43
Total Votes 27,597
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Kolste 42.1% 1,926
Kevin Murray 35.2% 1,610
Yuri Rashkin 15.4% 705
Sam Liebert 7.3% 335
Total Votes 4,576

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 44 have raised a total of $514,213. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,373 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 44
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $176,427 5 $35,285
2010 $131,889 5 $26,378
2008 $48,092 1 $48,092
2006 $42,489 2 $21,245
2004 $66,878 5 $13,376
2002 $850 1 $850
2000 $47,588 3 $15,863
Total $514,213 22 $23,373

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