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Wisconsin State Senate District 33

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Wisconsin State Senate District 33
Current incumbentPaul Farrow Republican Party
Voting age75.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's thirty-third state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Paul Farrow.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 177,499 civilians reside within Wisconsin's thirty-third 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. Sherryll Shaddock ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Paul Farrow ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Farrow defeated Shaddock in the general election.[8][9][10]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Farrow Incumbent 73.9% 59,199
     Democratic Sherryll Shaddock 26.1% 20,899
Total Votes 80,098


Zipperer resigned his seat effective August 5, 2012 in order to become Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff and senior legal counsel.[11] Farrow won the special election for Wisconsin State Senate District 33. Farrow defeated fellow state Rep. Chris Kapenga (R) in the Republican primary on November 6. No Democrats filed for the seat, thus Farrow easily won the general election on December 4.[12][13][14][15][16]


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 Rich Zipperer was unchallenged in the general election. Zipperer defeated Tim Dietrich in the Republican primary election.[17][18]

Wisconsin State Senate District 33 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRich Zipperer 73.9% 24,208
Tim Dietrich 26.1% 8,562
Total Votes 32,770

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 33 have raised a total of $841,365. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $76,488 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 33
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $20,749 2 $10,375
2010 $91,719 2 $45,860
2008 $158,611 1 $158,611
2006 $184,364 2 $92,182
2004 $214,820 1 $214,820
2002 $168,152 2 $84,076
2000 $2,950 1 $2,950
Total $841,365 11 $76,488

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  1. Public Mapping Project, Wisconsin 2010 Census Selected Statistics, accessed November 23, 2013
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  4. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  5. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 17.19 (1), Wisconsin Statutes)
  6. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 8.50, Wisconsin Statutes)
  7. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 8.50(4)-(d), Wisconsin Statutes)
  8. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2014 Partisan Primary Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
  9. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," June 11, 2014
  10. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Canvass Results for 2014 General Election," December 1, 2014
  11. WisPolitics, "Zipperer resigning Senate seat to join Walker's staff," July 18, 2012
  12. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kapenga joins Farrow in race to replace Zipperer," July 26, 2012
  13. Sussex Sun, "Absentee ballot confusion in Senate primary," October 2, 2012
  14. Waukesha Patch, "Kapenga Concedes to Farrow in 33rd Senate District," November 7, 2012
  15. Sussex Patch, "Paul Farrow Officially Wins State Senate Race," December 4, 2012
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, " Special Election Results December 4, 2012," accessed December 19, 2012
  17. State of Wisconsin, G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System, accessed November 23, 2013
  18. JSOnline, "Fall 2010 primary election results," September 14, 2010