Wisconsin State Assembly District 79

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 79
Current incumbentDianne Hesselbein Democratic Party
Voting age76.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's seventy-ninth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Dianne Hesselbein.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 76,116 civilians reside within Wisconsin's seventy-ninth 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 Dianne Hesselbein was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Brent Renteria was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hesselbein and Renteria faced off in the general election.[8][9] Incumbent Hasselbein defeated Renteria in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[10]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 79 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Hesselbein Incumbent 62.3% 18,843
     Republican Brent Renteria 37.7% 11,406
Total Votes 30,249


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 Dianne Hesselbein was unchallenged in the general election. Hesselbein defeated Ellen Lindgren in the Democratic primary election.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 79 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Hesselbein 65.6% 3,590
Ellen Lindgren 34.4% 1,885
Total Votes 5,475

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 79 have raised a total of $558,634. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $34,915 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 79
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $72,664 2 $36,332
2010 $62,369 2 $31,185
2008 $15,954 2 $7,977
2006 $16,542 1 $16,542
2004 $78,171 3 $26,057
2002 $176,808 3 $58,936
2000 $136,126 3 $45,375
Total $558,634 16 $34,915

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