Wisconsin State Assembly District 44
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 44|
|Current incumbent||Debra Kolste|
|Voting age||75.8% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 53,057 civilians reside within Wisconsin's forty-fourth state assembly district. Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly represent an average of 57,444 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,179 residents.
About the office
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.
In the event of a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election when allowed by law. Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election. If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.
- 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.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joe Knilans Incumbent||38.3%||10,571|
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012|
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|
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- U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 17.19 (1), Wisconsin Statutes)
- Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 8.50, Wisconsin Statutes)
- Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 8.50(4)-(d), Wisconsin Statutes)
- State of Wisconsin, G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System, accessed November 23, 2013
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2012 primary results," accessed November 23, 2013
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