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Wisconsin State Senate District 21

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Wisconsin State Senate District 21
Current incumbentVan Wanggaard Republican Party
Voting age75.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's twenty-first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Van Wanggaard.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 166,735 civilians reside within Wisconsin's twenty-first 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. Randy Bryce ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Van Wanggaard defeated Jonathan Steitz in the Republican primary. Bill Thompkins ran as a write-in candidate for the Restoring Power and Responsibility Party in the general election. Wanggaard defeated Bryce and Thompkins in the general election.[8][9][10][11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVan Wanggaard 61.5% 44,967
     Democratic Randy Bryce 38.4% 28,106
     Restoring Power and Responsibility Bill Thompkins 0% 34
Total Votes 73,107


John Lehman was first elected to the chamber in 2012, when he won the recall election against incumbent Senator Van Wanggaard. He was sworn in on July 16, 2012.[12]


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 Van Wanggaard defeated Democratic incumbent John Lehman in the general election. Wanggaard defeated Bob Gulan in the Republican primary election. Lehman was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[13][14]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVan Wanggaard 52.5% 32,036
     Democratic John Lehman Incumbent 47.5% 28,930
Total Votes 60,966
Wisconsin State Senate District 21 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVan Wanggaard 80% 13,864
Bob Gulan 20% 3,475
Total Votes 17,339

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 21 have raised a total of $2,293,232. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $163,802 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $534,377 3 $178,126
2010 $499,018 3 $166,339
2008 $19,550 1 $19,550
2006 $588,733 2 $294,367
2004 $52,306 1 $52,306
2002 $576,339 3 $192,113
2000 $22,909 1 $22,909
Total $2,293,232 14 $163,802

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