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Van Wanggaard

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Van Wanggaard
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Wisconsin State Senate District 21
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - July 16, 2012
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday1952
Place of birthFort Leavenworth, KS
ProfessionRetired Police Officer, County Board Supervisor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Van Wanggaard was a 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.[1]

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

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012 recall

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

Wanggaard faced Democrat John Lehman in a recall on June 5, 2012.[4]

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.[2] With the official canvass showing Lehman winning by 834 votes, Wanggaard called for a recount on June 15.[5] Final tallies released July 2 showed Lehman won by 819 votes - 36,358 to 35,539.[6] On July 10, Wanggaard announced he would not file a lawsuit, allowing the results to stand.[3]

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.[7] 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.[8]

2010

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. [9][10]

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

2010

In 2010, the year Wanggaard first won election to the Senate, he collected $257,684 in donations.[11]

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

Personal

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Lehman
Wisconsin State Senate District 21
2011-July 2012
Succeeded by
John Lehman