Van Wanggaard

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Van Wanggaard
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Candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 21
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Senate District 21
2011 - July 16, 2012
Place of birthFort Leavenworth, KS
ProfessionRetired Police Officer, County Board Supervisor
Campaign website
Van Wanggaard is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 21 of the Wisconsin State Senate.[1]

Wanggaard is a former Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, District 21. He was first elected to the senate in 2010, having previously represented District 7 in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2002 until assuming his seat in the senate. Wanggaard lost the seat to John Lehman (D) in a recall election in 2012.


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.[2]

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,[3] which also showed Lehman won. On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.[4]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wanggaard served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Wanggaard's campaign website highlights the following issues:[5]

Jobs & Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "Cut Taxes for Every Taxpayer"
  • Excerpt: "Expand Investment Opportunity"
  • Excerpt: "Bring the Hard Rock Casino to Kenosha"

Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "Property Tax Cuts – Wisconsin’s property tax burden is still too high. I will work to continue cutting property taxes."
  • Excerpt: "Income Tax Cuts – I will work to flatten our income tax and lower tax rates for all taxpayers."
  • Excerpt: "Business Taxes – Work to repeal Combined Reporting, and the Capital Gains Tax"


  • Excerpt: "Repeal and replace Common Core State Standards"
  • Excerpt: "Bring innovations to the classroom"
  • Excerpt: "Expand school choice opportunities statewide"

2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "Continue to fight for Constitutional Carry with an optional permit for reciprocity purposes"
  • Excerpt: "Fight all efforts to restrict your 2nd Amendment rights"


  • Excerpt: "Prohibit sex selection abortions"
  • Excerpt: "Prohibit state health insurance policies from covering abortions"
  • Excerpt: "Support a 'Choose Life' license plate"



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Randy Bryce was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Van Wanggaard defeated Jonathan Steitz in the Republican primary. Bill Thompkins is running as a Restoring Power and Responsibility Party candidate. Wanggaard will face Bryce and Thompkins in the general election.[6][7][1]

2012 recall

See also: Van Wanggaard recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2012)

Wanggaard faced Democrat John Lehman in a recall on June 5, 2012.[8]

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.[3] With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15.[9] Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539.[10] On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.[4]

Recall of Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Van Wanggaard Incumbent 49.4% 35,517
     Democratic John Lehman 50.5% 36,351
     - Scattering 0.1% 56
Total Votes 71,924
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

An effort to recall Wanggaard was launched on November 15, 2011.[11] 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.[12]


See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

Wanggaard defeated Democrat incumbent John Lehman in the November 2, 2010 general election. Wanggaard defeated Republican Bob Gulan in the September 14 primary election. [13][14]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 21 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Van Wanggaard (R) 32,306 52.52%
John Lehman (D) 28,930 47.43%
Wisconsin Senate, District 21 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Van H. Wanggaard (R) 13,864 79.89%
Bob Gulan (R) 3,475 20.03%

Campaign donors


In 2010, the year Wanggaard first won election to the Senate, he collected $257,684 in donations.[15]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Andrea Bryant $1,750
Racine County Republican Party $1,250
Republican Party of Ozaukee County $1,150
William Barry $1,000



In 2014, Wanggaard's endorsements include the following:[16]


Wanggaard and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," June 11, 2014
  2. Project Vote, "Senator Van H. Wanggaard biography," May 27, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 WAOW, "Wanggaard still not conceding election," June 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Huffington Post, "Van Wanggaard, Republican Wisconsin State Senator, Drops Recount Appeal," July 10, 2012
  5. Wanggaard for Senate, "Issues and Accomplishments," accessed October 23, 2014
  6. Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 2014 fall primary election results," accessed August 12, 2014
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2014 Partisan Primary Candidates," accessed June 19, 2014
  8. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Democrats easily win Senate primaries," May 9, 2012
  9. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wanggaard calls for recount in Senate recall race," June 15, 2012
  10. Chicago Tribune, "Recount: Dem wins Wisconsin Senate recall," July 2, 2012
  11. FOX 6 Now, "Recall paperwork filed Tuesday for four senators, including Van Wanggaard," November 15, 2011
  12. The Journal Times, "Wis. board orders recalls against 4 GOP senators," March 12, 2012
  13. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 25, 2014
  15. Follow the, Van Wanggaard candidate summary, accessed June 9, 2011
  16. Wanggaard for Senate, "Endorsements," accessed October 23, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lehman
Wisconsin State Senate District 21
2011-July 2012
Succeeded by
John Lehman