Janis Ringhand

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Janis Ringhand
Janis Ringhand.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 80
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Janis Ringhand is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 80. She was first elected in 2010.

Ringhand was Mayor of Evansville from 2002-2006, after serving as an alderwoman from 1998-2002 and president of city council from 2000-2002.

She is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College in 1985, and is a former accountant.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ringhand has been appointed to these committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Ringhand won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 45. Ringhand defeated Sheila De Forest in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Beth Schmidt (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Beth Schmidt 36% 8,906
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanis Ringhand Incumbent 63.7% 15,753
     - Scattering 0.2% 53
Total Votes 24,712

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanis Ringhand Incumbent 63% 1,820
Sheila De Forest 37% 1,071
Total Votes 2,891


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Ringhand defeated Republican Dan Henke in the November 2 general election. She was unopposed in the primary election. [4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Janis Ringhand (D) 12,097
Dan Henke (R) 10,795
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 80 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Janis Ringhand (D) 2,086 99.57%

Campaign themes

  • Taxes - "my strong belief that we must not undo laws that banned accounting gimmicks that allowed large corporations to dodge taxes by locating post office boxes in another state."
  • "I hold a strong belief in public service. "
  • "Another issue I feel a special passion for is renewable energy. "[5]

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[6]


In 2010, when Ringhand first won election to the State Assembly, she collected $67,566 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Democratic Party of Dane County $2,499
Janis Ringhand $530
Service Employees Wisconsin State Council $500
Wisconsin Physician & Dentist Association $500
Madison Teachers $500
Electrical Workers Local 159 $500
Wisconsin Education Association $500
Democratic Party of Green County $500
12 individual donors $500 each


Ringhand and her husband, Gordon, have two children.

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Preceded by
Brett Davis (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 80
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