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Wisconsin State Senate District 31

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Wisconsin State Senate District 31
Current incumbentKathleen Vinehout Democratic Party
Voting age77.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's thirty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 173,352 civilians reside within Wisconsin's thirty-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. Incumbent Kathleen Vinehout ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mel Pittman defeated Bill Ingram in the Republican primary. Vinehout defeated Pittman in the general election.[8][9][10][11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Vinehout Incumbent 52.4% 35,508
     Republican Mel Pittman 47.6% 32,317
Total Votes 67,825
Wisconsin State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMel Pittman 69.1% 3,573
Bill Ingram 30.9% 1,598
Total Votes 5,171


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. Democratic incumbent Kathleen Vinehout defeated Republican Ed Thompson in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[12][13]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Vinehout Incumbent 50.3% 30,314
     Republican Ed Thompson 49.7% 29,911
Total Votes 60,225

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 31 have raised a total of $1,315,795. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $131,580 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $398,202 2 $199,101
2008 $22,085 1 $22,085
2006 $493,984 3 $164,661
2004 $38,333 1 $38,333
2002 $351,851 2 $175,926
2000 $11,340 1 $11,340
Total $1,315,795 10 $131,580

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