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Wisconsin State Senate District 22

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Wisconsin State Senate District 22
Current incumbentRobert Wirch Democratic Party
Voting age74.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Wisconsin's twenty-second state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Robert Wirch.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 180,019 civilians reside within Wisconsin's twenty-second 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. Democratic incumbent Robert Wirch defeated Republican Pam Stevens in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Wirch Incumbent 69.6% 51,177
     Republican Pam Stevens 30.3% 22,278
     - Scattering 0.1% 104
Total Votes 73,559

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 22 have raised a total of $1,214,384. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $110,399 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 22
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $181,024 2 $90,512
2010 $20,773 1 $20,773
2008 $218,151 2 $109,076
2006 $33,839 1 $33,839
2004 $529,898 2 $264,949
2002 $13,232 1 $13,232
2000 $217,467 2 $108,734
Total $1,214,384 11 $110,399

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