Wisconsin State Assembly District 87

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 87
Current incumbentJames Edming Republican Party
Voting age77.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's eighty-seventh state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative James Edming.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 52,707 civilians reside within Wisconsin's eighty-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. Richard Pulcher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. James Edming defeated Michael Bub, Shirl Labarre and Scott Noble in the Republican primary, Cindy Beaty (R) was removed from the ballot before the primary. However, due to a counting error in Rusk County, Bub requested a recount. But, the recount did not alter the outcome. Pulcher and Edming faced off in the general election.[8][9][10] Edming defeated Pulcher, and Bub who ran as a write-in candidate.[11]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 87 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Edming 66.4% 14,121
     Democratic Richard Pulcher 33.4% 7,098
     Republican Michael Bub (write-in) 0.2% 52
Total Votes 21,271
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 87 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Edming 28% 1,452
Michael Bub 27.6% 1,433
Shirl Labarre 25.8% 1,339
Scott Kenneth Noble 18.5% 960
Total Votes 5,184


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 incumbent Mary Williams defeated Democrat Elizabeth Riley in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[12][13]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 87, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Williams Incumbent 58.5% 15,680
     Democratic Elizabeth Riley 41.4% 11,100
     - Scattering 0.1% 15
Total Votes 26,795

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 87 have raised a total of $722,177. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $32,826 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 87
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $67,657 2 $33,829
2010 $145,761 2 $72,881
2008 $134,389 2 $67,195
2006 $75,755 3 $25,252
2004 $130,010 2 $65,005
2002 $140,495 8 $17,562
2000 $28,110 3 $9,370
Total $722,177 22 $32,826

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