Wisconsin State Assembly District 56

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 56
Current incumbentDave Murphy Republican Party
Voting age75.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's fifty-sixth state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Dave Murphy.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 67,841 civilians reside within Wisconsin's fifty-sixth 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. Republican Dave Murphy defeated Democrat Richard Schoenbohm in the general election. Murphy defeated Jim Pleuss in the Republican primary election. Schoenhohm defeated Diana Lawrence in the Democratic primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Murphy 58.3% 18,306
     Democratic Richard Schoenbohm 41.6% 13,071
     - Scattering 0.1% 30
Total Votes 31,407
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 56 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Murphy 51.6% 3,639
Jim Pleuss 48.4% 3,415
Total Votes 7,054
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 56 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Schoenboem 71.2% 849
Diana Lawrence 28.8% 344
Total Votes 1,193

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 56 have raised a total of $438,172. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $24,343 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $106,053 4 $26,513
2010 $92,571 3 $30,857
2008 $30,062 1 $30,062
2006 $50,508 4 $12,627
2004 $39,699 1 $39,699
2002 $41,144 1 $41,144
2000 $78,135 4 $19,534
Total $438,172 18 $24,343

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