Mandela Barnes

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Mandela Barnes
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 11
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJohn Marshall High School
Bachelor'sAlabama A&M University (2008)
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ProfessionCommunity Organizer
Office website
Personal website
Mandela Barnes is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Barnes served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
State and Federal Relations
Urban and Local Affairs
Urban Education
Ways and Means
Workforce Development



Campaign themes

Barnes's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Create jobs through local investment
  • Prioritize our children by refunding Public Education
  • Modernize our public transportation system to be more sustainable and accessible across the state
  • Be THERE as a representative of the people



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Mandela Barnes was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Barnes is unopposed in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Barnes won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 11. He defeated incumbent Jason Fields (D) in the Democratic primary on August 14 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMandela Barnes 98.8% 16,403
     Scattering 1.2% 201
Total Votes 16,604
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMandela Barnes 68.3% 2,596
Jason Fields Incumbent 31.7% 1,206
Total Votes 3,802

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barnes is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Barnes raised a total of $27,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[6]

Mandela Barnes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 11 Won $27,730
Grand Total Raised $27,730


Barnes won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $27,730.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mandela Barnes's campaign in 2012
Painters Local 781$500
American Federation of Teachers$500
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals$500
Wisconsin State Auto Workers$500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$500
Total Raised in 2012$27,730
Source:Follow the Money


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Fields (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 11
Succeeded by