Wisconsin State Assembly District 55

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 55
Current incumbentDean Kaufert Republican Party
Voting age76.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's fifty-fifth state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Dean Kaufert.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 54,157 civilians reside within Wisconsin's fifty-fifth 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. Mark Westphal was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike Rohrkaste defeated John R. Lehman, Ryan Pheifer, Steven Gillespie and Jay Schroeder in the Republican primary. Westphal faced Rohrkaste in the general election. Jarrod Kuehn (R), Ryan Rothenbach (R) and Rich Martin (L) were removed from the ballot.[8][9] Republican Rohrkaste defeated Westphal in the general election, and was elected to the seat.[10]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 55 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rohrkaste 31.5% 1,442
Ryan Pheifer 27.7% 1,268
Steven Gillespie 22.2% 1,016
John R. Lehman 9.6% 440
Jay Schroeder 9% 410
Total Votes 4,576


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 Dean Kaufert defeated Democrat Jim Crail and Libertarian candidate Rich Martin in the general election. Kaufert defeated Jay Schroeder in the Democratic primary election. Crail was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[11][12]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Kaufert Incumbent 63% 19,142
     Democratic Jim Crail 33.6% 10,202
     Libertarian Rich Martin 3.3% 1,016
     - Scattering 0.2% 48
Total Votes 30,408
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 55 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDean Kaufert Incumbent 65% 4,612
Jay Schroeder 35% 2,487
Total Votes 7,099

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 55 have raised a total of $336,041. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $30,549 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $53,949 3 $17,983
2010 $10,601 1 $10,601
2008 $81,081 2 $40,541
2006 $76,058 2 $38,029
2004 $44,828 1 $44,828
2002 $13,725 1 $13,725
2000 $55,799 1 $55,799
Total $336,041 11 $30,549

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