Wisconsin State Assembly District 51

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 51
Current incumbentHoward Marklein Republican Party
Voting age75.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's fifty-first state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Howard Marklein.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 57,687 civilians reside within Wisconsin's fifty-first state assembly district.[1] Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly represent an average of 57,444 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,179 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. 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 assembly, 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 Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Republican incumbent Howard Marklein defeated Democrat Maureen May-Grimm in the general election. Marklein was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. May-Grimm defeated Pat Bomhack in the Democratic primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Marklein Incumbent 51.9% 14,279
     Democratic Maureen May-Grimm 48.1% 13,238
     - Scattering 0.1% 22
Total Votes 27,539
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen May-Grimm 61.3% 1,838
Pat Bomhack 38.7% 1,160
Total Votes 2,998

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 51 have raised a total of $880,658. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $51,803 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 51
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $261,327 3 $87,109
2010 $197,453 2 $98,727
2008 $114,380 2 $57,190
2006 $147,999 2 $74,000
2004 $60,929 3 $20,310
2002 $17,810 2 $8,905
2000 $80,760 3 $26,920
Total $880,658 17 $51,803

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