Timeline of events of the recall of Wisconsin State Senators in 2011

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2011 calendar

This page presents a timeline of events that ultimately led to widespread recall of Wisconsin State Senators in 2011.

February

March

Recall papers filed against Robert Cowles (R - Dist. 2)
Recall papers filed against Alberta Darling (R - Dist. 8)
Recall papers filed against Sheila Harsdorf (R - Dist. 10)
Recall papers filed against Luther Olsen (R - Dist. 14)
Recall papers filed against Randy Hopper (R - Dist. 18)
Recall papers filed against Dan Kapanke (R - Dist. 32)
  • 9: Senate Republicans amend the bill, passing the revised version which includes limits on collective bargaining.
  • 11: Gov. Scott Walker signs the Budget Repair Bill into law.

April

Sen. Randy Hopper officially challenges the recall petition against him.
About 18,300 signatures to recall Robert Wirch are filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
About 23,000 signatures to recall Jim Holperin are filed withe the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
About 18,870 signatures to recall Dave Hansen are filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
About 30,000 signatures to recall Alberta Darling are filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
Sen. Luther Olsen officially challenges the recall petition against him.

May

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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Sen. Sheila Harsdorf officially challenges the recall petition against her.
Tea Party leader Kim Simac announces she would run against Jim Holperin in a recall.
Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch files papers to run against Alberta Darling if a recall election takes place.
Sen. Alberta Darling officially challenges the recall petition against her.
Rich Langan, who had announced he would challenge incumbent Robert Cowles in a recall, withdraws from the race. Nancy Nusbaum replaces him on the Democratic ticket.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announces it has examined and unanimously dismissed "hundreds of complaints" it received related to tactics used by both Republicans and Democrats in connection with the budget repair bill.
Lawyers for Republicans Dan Kapanke, Luther Olsen, and Randy Hopper file complaints in Dane County Circuit Court seeking to block the recall elections approved by the GAB.

June

Wisconsin Senate Districts with recall signatures filed in 2011.

July

The first recall election took place between incumbent Dave Hansen (D) and David VanderLeest (R), with Hansen easily retaining his seat.

August

See also