Wisconsin State Senate District 17

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Wisconsin State Senate District 17
Current incumbentHoward Marklein Republican Party
Voting age76.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Howard Marklein.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 172,391 civilians reside within Wisconsin's seventeenth 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. Pat Bomhack (D) was declared the winner of the District 17 contest on August 29 after a recount. Howard Marklein ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Marklein defeated Bomhack in the general election.[8][9][10][11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Marklein 55.1% 34,601
     Democratic Pat Bomhack 44.9% 28,179
Total Votes 62,780
Wisconsin State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Bomhack 50.2% 3,837
Ernie Wittwer 49.8% 3,804
Total Votes 7,641


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. Republican incumbent Dale Schultz defeated Democrat Carol Beals in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[12][13]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDale Schultz Incumbent 62.6% 36,122
     Democratic Carol Beals 37.4% 21,580
Total Votes 57,702

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $749,488. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $74,949 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $19,914 1 $19,914
2010 $172,080 2 $86,040
2008 $23,614 1 $23,614
2006 $430,320 2 $215,160
2004 $30,017 1 $30,017
2002 $43,419 2 $21,710
2000 $30,124 1 $30,124
Total $749,488 10 $74,949

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