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Wisconsin State Senate District 5

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Wisconsin State Senate District 5
Current incumbentLeah Vukmir Republican Party
Voting age78.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's fifth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Leah Vukmir.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 159,971 civilians reside within Wisconsin's fifth 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 Leah Vukmir ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Wendy Friedrich ran as a Libertarian candidate. Vukmir defeated Friedrich in the general election.[8][9][10][11]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Vukmir Incumbent 73.6% 55,869
     Libertarian Wendy Friedrich 26.4% 20,020
Total Votes 75,889


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 Leah Vukmir defeated Democratic incumbent Jim Sullivan in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[12][13]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Vukmir 52.2% 36,852
     Democratic Jim Sullivan Incumbent 47.8% 33,702
Total Votes 70,554

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $1,697,839. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $154,349 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $50,810 1 $50,810
2010 $747,236 2 $373,618
2008 $20,665 1 $20,665
2006 $430,332 2 $215,166
2004 $53,168 1 $53,168
2002 $382,453 3 $127,484
2000 $13,175 1 $13,175
Total $1,697,839 11 $154,349

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