Wisconsin State Assembly District 78

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
Current incumbentBrett Hulsey Independent
Voting age88.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's seventy-eighth state assembly district is represented by Independent Representative Brett Hulsey.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 55,031 civilians reside within Wisconsin's seventy-eighth 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. Democratic incumbent Brett Hulsey defeated Green Party candidate Jonathan Dedering in the general election. Hulsey defeated Christopher Fisher in the Democratic primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Hulsey Incumbent 75.4% 22,853
     Green Jonathan Dedering 24.2% 7,323
     - Scattering 0.4% 118
Total Votes 30,294
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Hulsey Incumbent 91.3% 5,215
Christopher Fisher 8.7% 497
Total Votes 5,712

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 78 have raised a total of $136,385. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $13,639 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $27,562 3 $9,187
2010 $15,710 1 $15,710
2008 $25,592 1 $25,592
2006 $8,220 1 $8,220
2004 $32,887 2 $16,444
2002 $4,070 1 $4,070
2000 $22,344 1 $22,344
Total $136,385 10 $13,639

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