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Wisconsin State Senate District 7

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Wisconsin State Senate District 7
Current incumbentChris Larson Democratic Party
Voting age82.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wisconsin's seventh state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Chris Larson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 172,003 civilians reside within Wisconsin's seventh 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 Chris Larson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Red Arnold ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Larson defeated Arnold in the general election.[8][9][10]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson Incumbent 59.6% 41,950
     Republican Red Arnold 40.4% 28,387
Total Votes 70,337


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. Democrat Chris Larson defeated Republican Jess Ripp in the general election. Larson defeated incumbent Jeffrey Plale in the Democratic primary election. Ripp was unopposed in the primary election.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson 57.2% 37,165
     Republican Jess Ripp 42.8% 27,772
Total Votes 64,937
Wisconsin State Senate District 7 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson 60.7% 7,962
Jeffrey Plale Incumbent 39.3% 5,148
Total Votes 13,110

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 have raised a total of $717,759. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $59,813 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 7
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $99,027 1 $99,027
2010 $297,356 3 $99,119
2008 $42,468 1 $42,468
2006 $271,320 4 $67,830
2002 $6,663 2 $3,332
2000 $925 1 $925
Total $717,759 12 $59,813

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