Wisconsin State Senate District 15

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Wisconsin State Senate District 15
Current incumbentJanis Ringhand Democratic Party
Voting age76.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's fifteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Janis Ringhand.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 170,251 civilians reside within Wisconsin's fifteenth 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, 2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate 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. Janis Ringhand defeated Austin Scieszinski and Mike Sheridan in the Democratic primary. Brian Fitzgerald ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Ringhand defeated Fitzgerald in the general election.[8][9][10]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanis Ringhand 59.5% 36,389
     Republican Brian Fitzgerald 40.5% 24,760
Total Votes 61,149
Wisconsin State Senate, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanis Ringhand 39.8% 6,163
Austin Scieszinski 38% 5,882
Mike Sheridan 22.3% 3,448
Total Votes 15,493


See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Democrat Tim Cullen defeated Republican Rick Richard in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Cullen 59% 31,918
     Republican Rick Richard 41% 22,181
Total Votes 54,099

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $398,369. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,837 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $22,578 1 $22,578
2010 $125,291 2 $62,646
2008 $11,531 1 $11,531
2006 $125,096 2 $62,548
2004 $3,005 1 $3,005
2002 $104,943 2 $52,472
2000 $5,925 1 $5,925
Total $398,369 10 $39,837

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