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Wisconsin State Assembly District 47

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 47
Current incumbentRobb Kahl Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's forty-seventh state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Robb Kahl.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 61,697 civilians reside within Wisconsin's forty-seventh 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 Robb Kahl was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Phillip Anderson ran as a Libertarian. Kahl and Anderson faced off in the general election as Michael LaForest (Green) was removed from the candidate list.[8][9] Incumbent Kahl defeated Anderson in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[10]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl Incumbent 81.6% 20,332
     Libertarian Phillip Anderson 18.4% 4,596
Total Votes 24,928


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 Robb Kahl defeated Republican Sandy Bakk in the general election. Kahl defeated Amanda Hall in the Democratic primary election. Bakk was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Sandy Bakk 29% 9,054
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl 70.9% 22,113
     - Scattering 0.1% 36
Total Votes 31,203
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 47 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobb Kahl 67.6% 3,037
Amanda Hall 32.4% 1,457
Total Votes 4,494

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 47 have raised a total of $927,929. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $34,368 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 47
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $72,191 5 $14,438
2010 $142,120 2 $71,060
2008 $350,352 7 $50,050
2006 $127,380 3 $42,460
2004 $81,139 6 $13,523
2002 $43,866 2 $21,933
2000 $110,881 2 $55,441
Total $927,929 27 $34,368

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