|Wisconsin State Senate District 21|
|2011 - July 16, 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Place of birth||Fort Leavenworth, KS|
|Profession||Retired Police Officer, County Board Supervisor|
Wanggaard is a 29-year veteran of the Racine Police Department. He worked as a Director for Traffic Accident Consultants, Inc from 1987-1995, and as an instructors with numerous law enforcement and state agencies.
Wanggaard faced a recall election on June 5, 2012. Unofficial results showed John Lehman (D) won the election by 779 votes and he declared victory. Wanggaard called for a recount, which also showed Lehman won. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wanggaard served on these committees:
- Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs
- Insurance and Housing
- Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs, Chair
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems
Unofficial results showed John Lehman (D) won the election by 779 votes and he declared victory. Wanggaard considered a recount - the county's board of canvassars had until June 15 to submit final vote totals. With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15. Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.
|Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard, 2012|
|Republican||Van Wanggaard Incumbent||49.4%||35,517|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
An effort to recall Wanggaard was launched on November 15, 2011. Supporters of the recall submitted over 24,000 signatures on January 17, 2012. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board voted unanimously on March 12 to order the recall, determining that at least 19,142 of the signatures were valid.
- See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010
|Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 (2010) General Election|
|Van Wanggaard (R)||32,306||52.52%|
|John Lehman (D)||28,930||47.43%|
|Wisconsin Senate, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Van H. Wanggaard (R)||13,864||79.89%|
|Bob Gulan (R)||3,475||20.03%|
In 2010, the year Wanggaard first won election to the Senate, he collected $257,684 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Racine County Republican Party||$1,250|
|Republican Party of Ozaukee County||$1,150|
Wanggaard and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children.
- Van Wanggaard on the Wisconsin State Legislature website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Wanggaard's official campaign website
- Wanggaard on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart.org, "Senator Van H. Wanggaard biography," May 27, 2011
- WAOW, "Wanggaard still not conceding election," June 6, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Van Wanggaard, Republican Wisconsin State Senator, Drops Recount Appeal," July 10, 2012
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Democrats easily win Senate primaries," May 9, 2012
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wanggaard calls for recount in Senate recall race," June 15, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Recount: Dem wins Wisconsin Senate recall," July 2, 2012
- FOX 6 Now, "Recall paperwork filed Tuesday for four senators, including Van Wanggaard," November 15, 2011
- The Journal Times, "Wis. board orders recalls against 4 GOP senators," March 12, 2012
- Official GAB primary results
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Official General Election 2010 Results
- Follow the Money.org, Van Wanggaard candidate summary, Retrieved June 9, 2011
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