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, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly 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. Dick Cates was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Todd Novak defeated Dennis Polivka, Ken Rynes and Tyler Schultz in the Republican primary. Adam Laufenberg ran as a Libertarian. Curt Peterson (R) and Charles Nichols (R) were removed from the ballot before the primary elections. According to unofficial results, Novak defeated Cates by 59 votes, a margin of less than 1 percent, in the general election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Novak 48.3% 2,262
Tyler Schultz 19.7% 922
Ken Rhino Rynes 18.3% 859
Dennis Polivka 13.6% 639
Total Votes 4,682


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.[10][11]

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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