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Wisconsin State Senate District 12

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Wisconsin State Senate District 12
Current incumbentTom Tiffany Republican Party
Voting age79.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's twelfth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Tom Tiffany.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 157,332 civilians reside within Wisconsin's twelfth state senate district.[1] Wisconsin state senators represent an average of 172,333 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 162,536 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Wisconsin State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the senate is up for election every two years. 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 senate, 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 Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Susan Sommer and Libertarian Paul Ehlers in the general election. Tiffany was unopposed in the Republican primary election. Sommer defeated Lisa Theo in the Democratic primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Susan Sommer 40.5% 36,809
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom TIffany 56.2% 51,176
     Libertarian Paul Ehlers 3.3% 2,964
     - Scattering 0% 45
Total Votes 90,994
Wisconsin State Senate, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Sommer 64.6% 3,695
Lisa Theo 35.4% 2,027
Total Votes 5,722

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 12 have raised a total of $1,513,437. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $108,103 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 12
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $330,726 3 $110,242
2010 $23,451 1 $23,451
2008 $613,002 2 $306,501
2006 $40,795 1 $40,795
2004 $381,321 4 $95,330
2002 $12,818 1 $12,818
2000 $111,324 2 $55,662
Total $1,513,437 14 $108,103

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