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|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly
 
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|Type = [[Lower house]]
 
|Type = [[Lower house]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
|Next session = [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions|January 7, 2013]]
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|Next session = [[Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions|January 14, 2014]]
 
|Website = [http://legis.wisconsin.gov/asmhome.htm Official House Page]
 
|Website = [http://legis.wisconsin.gov/asmhome.htm Official House Page]
 
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|House speaker = [[Robin J. Vos]], (R)
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|House speaker = {{State House Speaker|State=Wisconsin}}
|Majority leader = [[Scott Suder]], (R)
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|Majority leader = {{State House Majority Leader|State=Wisconsin}}
|Minority leader = [[Peter Barca]], (D)
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|Minority leader = {{State House Minority Leader|State=Wisconsin}}
 
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|Members = 99
 
|Members = 99
|Political groups = [[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Wisconsin State Assembly|State=Wisconsin|Party=Democratic}}) <br>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Wisconsin State Assembly|State=Wisconsin|Party=Republican}})<br>
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|Political groups = <div>[[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Wisconsin State Assembly|State=Wisconsin|Party=Democratic}})</div><div>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Wisconsin State Assembly|State=Wisconsin|Party=Republican}})</div>
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state representatives|2 years]]
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state representatives|2 years]]
 
|Authority = [[Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution#Section 46|Art IV, Wisconsin Constitution]]
 
|Authority = [[Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution#Section 46|Art IV, Wisconsin Constitution]]
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|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Wisconsin |Wisconsin Legislature has control]]
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Wisconsin |Wisconsin Legislature has control]]
 
|Building = Wisconsin Assembly.jpg
 
|Building = Wisconsin Assembly.jpg
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Wisconsin State Assembly''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]], the state legislature of [[Wisconsin]]. 99 members serve in the State House of Representatives and all members are up for election every two years. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|57,444 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|54,178 residents]].<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> The Wisconsin State Assembly operates in a biennial session that lasts from early January of the odd numbered year to early January of the odd numbered year two years later.  The session is referred to by the odd-numbered year, for example, acts from the 2001-2002 Legislative Session are called 2001 Wisconsin Acts. During the session, business is conducted during scheduled floorperiods. <ref>[http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/faq.htm#FAQ6 "Wisconsin Assembly" FAQ's, March 4, 2009]</ref>
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Wisconsin State Assembly''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]], the state legislature of [[Wisconsin]]. There are 99 members that serve in the State House of Representatives, and all members are up for election every two years. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|57,444 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf ''census.gov'', "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|54,178 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf ''census.gov'', "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> The Wisconsin State Assembly operates in a biennial session that lasts from early January of the odd numbered year to early January of the odd numbered year two years later.  The session is referred to by the odd-numbered year, for example, acts from the 2001-2002 Legislative Session are called 2001 Wisconsin Acts. During the session, business is conducted during scheduled floor-periods.<ref>[http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/faq.htm#FAQ6 ''Wisconsin Assembly'', "FAQ's," March 4, 2009]</ref>
  
 
{{State trifecta status|state=Wisconsin|control=Republican}}
 
{{State trifecta status|state=Wisconsin|control=Republican}}
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::''See also: [[Wisconsin State Legislature]], [[Wisconsin State Senate]], [[Wisconsin Governor]]''
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==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution | Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution]] contains provisions related to the meeting of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]], of which the Assembly is a part.  Section 11 of Article IV states that the times for regular sessions are to be provided by law.  Section 11 also states that the [[Governor of Wisconsin]] has the power to call the Legislature into special session.
 
[[Article IV, Wisconsin Constitution | Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution]] contains provisions related to the meeting of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]], of which the Assembly is a part.  Section 11 of Article IV states that the times for regular sessions are to be provided by law.  Section 11 also states that the [[Governor of Wisconsin]] has the power to call the Legislature into special session.
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===2014===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.
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====Major issues====
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Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included income tax, public school funding, health care and jobs.<ref>[https://www.wra.org/WREM/July13/ElectionThemes/ ''Wisconsin Realtors Association,'' "2014 Election Themes Take Shape," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2013===
 
===2013===
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 7 through a date to be determined.
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to December 31.
  
 
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2011, the Assembly convened a special session at the request of Governor [[Scott Walker]] on January 4, 2011. The special session was called to consider legislation regarding tax credits, tort law, medical savings accounts, other legislation relating to taxation, and the budget repair bill.<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/spotlight/index.htm ''Wisconsin.gov,'' State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, accessed 7 March 2011]</ref> The regular session began on January 11.  Two extraordinary sessions were called by the Legislature in 2011.  The first was held from June 13-30 followed by a second extraordinary session from July 19-29.
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In 2011, the Assembly convened a special session at the request of Governor [[Scott Walker]] on January 4, 2011. The special session was called to consider legislation regarding tax credits, tort law, medical savings accounts, other legislation relating to taxation, and the budget repair bill.<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/spotlight/index.htm ''Wisconsin.gov,'' "State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau," accessed 7 March 2011]</ref> The regular session began on January 11.  Two extraordinary sessions were called by the Legislature in 2011.  The first was held from June 13-30 followed by a second extraordinary session from July 19-29.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/2011-legislative-session-calendar.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2010 Legislative Sessions Calendar," December 19, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2010, the Assembly convened its [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions| legislative session]] on January 19, and it ended its last scheduled floor-period on April 22. <ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/leginfo/session.htm 2010 session dates for Wisconsin legislature]</ref><ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=18630 Explanation of Wisconsin legislative floor-periods]</ref>
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In 2010, the Assembly convened its [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions| legislative session]] on January 19, and it ended its last scheduled floor-period on April 22.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/2010-legislative-session-calendar.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2010 Legislative Sessions Calendar," December 8, 2010]</ref>
  
===Transparency===
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===Role in state budget===
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::''See also: [[Wisconsin state budget]]''
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{{Wisconsin budget process}}
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===Cost-benefit analyses===
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::''See also: [[Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study]]''
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{{Pew cost-benefit study|State=Wisconsin|Rank=Best}}
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==Ethics and transparency==
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===Following the Money report===
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{{Following the Money 2014 Report by State|State=Wisconsin|Grade=A-|Score=90|Level=leading}}
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===Open States Transparency===
 
{{Transparency card|State=Wisconsin|Grade=D}}
 
{{Transparency card|State=Wisconsin|Grade=D}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014]]''
  
===2012===
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{{WI House 2014}}
  
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===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]''
  
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
  
Elections for the office of Wisconsin's State Assembly were held in Wisconsin on November 2, 2010.  The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 13, 2010. The primary election day was September 14, 2010.  Out of the 99 districts up for re-election, incumbents ran in 80 of them.
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin's State Assembly were held in Wisconsin on November 2, 2010.  The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 13, 2010. The primary Election Day was September 14, 2010.  Out of the 99 districts up for re-election, incumbents ran in 80 of them.
  
In 2010, the candidates for state assembly raised a total of $7,619,470 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H ''Follow the Money'': "Wisconsin Assembly 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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In 2010, the candidates for state assembly raised a total of $7,619,470 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin Assembly 2010 Campaign Contributions," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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| align="right" | $29,789
 
| align="right" | $29,789
  
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===2008===
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: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008]]''
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 9, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.
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During the 2008 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $8,861,552. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2008&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin 2008 Candidates," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2008 Donors, Wisconsin State Assembly
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Kohl, Daniel A
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| align="right" | $240,690
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $160,590
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|-
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| Feldman, Andrew R
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| align="right" | $66,450
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| Kuhle, David E
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| align="right" | $52,400
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| Wisconsin Republican Party
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| align="right" | $47,038
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| Melchert, Randall Ryan
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| align="right" | $39,717
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| Wisconsin Education Association Council
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| align="right" | $32,341
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| Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Wisconsin
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| align="right" | $28,530
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| Pas, Richard J (Dick)
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| align="right" | $27,500
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| Pasch, Sandra K
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| align="right" | $27,050
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|}
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===2006===
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: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2006]]''
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.
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During the 2006 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,451,473. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2006&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin 2006 Candidates," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2006 Donors, Wisconsin State Assembly
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $233,711
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|-
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| Mcdonald, Dari
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| align="right" | $54,000
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|-
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| Newcomer, Scott
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| align="right" | $42,050
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| Tauchen, Gary
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| align="right" | $33,525
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|-
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| Wisconsin Education Association Council
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| align="right" | $31,638
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| Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Wisconsin
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| align="right" | $31,099
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| Wisconsin Institute Of CPAs
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| align="right" | $30,100
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| Stafsholt, Rob
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| align="right" | $29,735
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| Zipperer, Rich
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| align="right" | $26,601
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| Ott, Jim
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| align="right" | $25,525
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===2004===
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: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2004]]''
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.
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During the 2004 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,098,873. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2004&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin 2004 Candidates," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2004 Donors, Wisconsin State Assembly
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $198,691
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $60,575
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|-
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| Contributions Including Loans From Individuals
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| align="right" | $39,279
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| Wisconsin Republican Party
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| align="right" | $39,112
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| Wisconsin Realtors Association
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| align="right" | $33,388
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| Allbaugh, Todd R
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| align="right" | $31,809
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| Wisconsin Education Association Council
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| align="right" | $30,578
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| Brown, Brian
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| align="right" | $27,001
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| Bird, Luann
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| align="right" | $24,625
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| Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
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| align="right" | $23,850
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.
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During the 2002 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $4,168,776. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2002&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin 2002 Candidates," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2002 Donors, Wisconsin State Assembly
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Bonnett, Anthony
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| align="right" | $43,039
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|-
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| Melotik, Paul D
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| align="right" | $36,000
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|-
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| Wisconsin Republican Party
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| align="right" | $35,737
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $31,310
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| Dier, Roger
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| align="right" | $27,022
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $23,069
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| Ficks, Judith Einwald
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| align="right" | $22,500
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| Hansen, Mo
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| align="right" | $18,433
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| Wisconsin Bankers Association
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| align="right" | $16,000
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| Green, William H
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| align="right" | $13,900
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: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2000]]''
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Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.
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During the 2000 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,788,646. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2000&f=H ''Follow the Money'', "Wisconsin 2000 Candidates," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2000 Donors, Wisconsin State Assembly
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Public Fund
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| align="right" | $332,413
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|-
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| Fitzgerald, Jeff
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| align="right" | $43,529
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|-
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| Wisconsin Republican Party
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| align="right" | $42,472
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|-
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| Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Wisconsin
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| align="right" | $37,098
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|-
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| Wisconsin Bankers Association
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| align="right" | $30,900
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|-
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| Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
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| align="right" | $28,000
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|-
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| Rasmussen, Michael C
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| align="right" | $26,964
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|-
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| Wisconsin Education Association Council
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| align="right" | $26,488
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|-
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| Wisconsin Realtors Association
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| align="right" | $23,400
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|-
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| Rosser, Lewis D
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| align="right" | $22,800
 
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:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
 
:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
  
If there is a vacancy in the Assembly, the vacant seat must be filled by a special election<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0017.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'' "Wisconsin Election Law"](Referenced Statute 17.19 (1), Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.  The [[Wisconsin Governor|Governor]] can call for an election when allowed under law.  The election cannot be held after February 1st before a spring general election unless it's held on the same day of the election which is first Tuesday in April.  The same requirement applies to any election after September 1st preceding the fall general election unless it's held on the same day of the election which is the first Tuesday in November<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0008.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'' "Wisconsin Election Law"](Referenced Statute 8.50, Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>. Also, all vacancies must be filled quickly as long the vacancy happened before the second Tuesday in May during an election year<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0008.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'' "Wisconsin Election Law"](Referenced Statute 8.50(4)-(d), Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>.
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In the event of a vacancy in the assembly, the [[Wisconsin Governor|Governor]] must call for a special election when allowed by law.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0017.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 17.19 (1), Wisconsin Statutes)</ref> Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0008.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 8.50, Wisconsin Statutes)</ref> If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/Stat0008.pdf ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Election Law," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 8.50(4)-(d), Wisconsin Statutes)</ref>
  
 
==Redistricting==
 
==Redistricting==
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Wisconsin]]
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Wisconsin]]
Redistricting in Wisconsin is under the control of the state legislature.  If the state legislature fails to reach an agreement, the maps are drawn by either state or federal courts.  The [[Wisconsin State Senate|State Senate]] and State Assembly draft maps for the new state legislative districts and the U.S. Congressional districts.  Both chambers must pass the new map, and the [[Governor of Wisconsin|governor]] can sign or veto the map for any reason.<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ltsb/redistricting/state_of_wisconsin_profile.htm ''Wisconsin Legislature'' "Wisconsin Redistricting Profile"]</ref>
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Redistricting in Wisconsin is under the control of the state legislature.  If the state legislature fails to reach an agreement, the maps are drawn by either state or federal courts.  The [[Wisconsin State Senate|State Senate]] and State Assembly draft maps for the new state legislative districts and the U.S. Congressional districts.  Both chambers must pass the new map, and the [[Governor of Wisconsin|governor]] can sign or veto the map for any reason.<ref>[http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ltsb/redistricting/state_of_wisconsin_profile.htm ''Wisconsin Legislature'', "Wisconsin Redistricting Profile," accessed August 9, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
  
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Wisconsin's population increased from 5.36 million to 5.69 million between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10_thematic/2010_Profile/2010_Profile_Map_Wisconsin.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "2010 Census: Wisconsin Profile," 2011]</ref> This population growth was large enough to allow the state to retain its eight Congressional seats.<ref>[http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Minnesota-to-Keep-Eight-Seats-in-House-112254034.html ''Northland's News Center'' "Minnesota and Wisconsin Both to Keep Eight Seats in House", December 21, 2010]</ref>  
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According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Wisconsin's population increased from 5.36 million to 5.69 million between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10_thematic/2010_Profile/2010_Profile_Map_Wisconsin.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "2010 Census: Wisconsin Profile," accessed August 9, 2014]</ref> This population growth was large enough to allow the state to retain its eight Congressional seats.<ref>[http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Minnesota-to-Keep-Eight-Seats-in-House-112254034.html ''Northland's News Center'', "Minnesota and Wisconsin Both to Keep Eight Seats in House," December 21, 2010]</ref>  
  
 
Republicans held the majority in the [[Wisconsin State Senate|State Senate]], State Assembly, and the [[Governor of Wisconsin|governorship]] after the 2010 elections.  As a result, the redistricting process was completely under the control of one party.
 
Republicans held the majority in the [[Wisconsin State Senate|State Senate]], State Assembly, and the [[Governor of Wisconsin|governorship]] after the 2010 elections.  As a result, the redistricting process was completely under the control of one party.
  
The Republican leadership dismissed the Democratic-hired firm that was going to aid with redistricting and instead brought in an outside group to aid the process.  This new firm's leader had donated to Republican candidates in the past.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-wisconsinredistri,0,2775841.story ''Chicago Tribune'' "Democrats cry foul over GOP hiring law firms" 5 Jan. 2011]</ref> The redistricting process was accelerated by the [[Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)|summer 2011 recall elections]], and Governor [[Scott Walker]] signed a bill that gave the legislature the power to redistrict state boundaries before the localities finished their redistricting processes.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/126141073.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker allows new legislative mapping, doesn't OK actual maps yet," July 25, 2011]</ref> The state Republicans unveiled their plan on July 8, 2011.  Democrats criticized the plan as gerrymandering, but Republicans defended their map.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/125491373.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Parties joust over Wisconsin redistricting plan," July 13, 2011]</ref> The maps passed the legislature on July 19, 2011, and signed into law by Governor [[Scott Walker|Walker]] on August 9, 2011.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/127319438.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker signs legislation to redraw district boundaries," August 9, 2011]</ref>
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The Republican leadership dismissed the Democratic-hired firm that was going to aid with redistricting and instead brought in an outside group to aid the process.  This new firm's leader had donated to Republican candidates in the past.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-wisconsinredistri,0,2775841.story ''Chicago Tribune'', "Democrats cry foul over GOP hiring law firms" January 5, 2011]</ref> The redistricting process was accelerated by the [[Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)|summer 2011 recall elections]], and Governor [[Scott Walker]] signed a bill that gave the legislature the power to redistrict state boundaries before the localities finished their redistricting processes.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/126141073.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker allows new legislative mapping, doesn't OK actual maps yet," July 25, 2011]</ref> The state Republicans unveiled their plan on July 8, 2011.  Democrats criticized the plan as gerrymandering, but Republicans defended their map.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/125491373.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Parties joust over Wisconsin redistricting plan," July 13, 2011]</ref> The maps passed the legislature on July 19, 2011, and signed into law by Governor [[Scott Walker|Walker]] on August 9, 2011.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/127319438.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker signs legislation to redraw district boundaries," August 9, 2011]</ref>
  
 
Several lawsuits were filed as a result of the new maps.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/democrats-drop-some-claims-in-redistricting-trial-pf4apb3-140293633.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Wisconsin's redistricting trial goes to judges," February 24, 2012]</ref> The [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]] identified errors in the maps, likely due to the creation of the state boundaries before the localities finished drawing their boundaries.  A court also determined that two Milwaukee-area districts needed to be redrawn to better represent minority-area populations.<ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/court-strikes-down-gop-redistricting-orders-just-districts-redrawn/article_f149e054-7429-11e1-a230-0019bb2963f4.html ''Wisconsin State Journal,'' "Court strikes down GOP redistricting, orders just 2 districts redrawn," March 22, 2012]</ref>
 
Several lawsuits were filed as a result of the new maps.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/democrats-drop-some-claims-in-redistricting-trial-pf4apb3-140293633.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Wisconsin's redistricting trial goes to judges," February 24, 2012]</ref> The [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]] identified errors in the maps, likely due to the creation of the state boundaries before the localities finished drawing their boundaries.  A court also determined that two Milwaukee-area districts needed to be redrawn to better represent minority-area populations.<ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/court-strikes-down-gop-redistricting-orders-just-districts-redrawn/article_f149e054-7429-11e1-a230-0019bb2963f4.html ''Wisconsin State Journal,'' "Court strikes down GOP redistricting, orders just 2 districts redrawn," March 22, 2012]</ref>
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===Leadership===
 
===Leadership===
The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by its membership.  Duties of the speaker include appointing members to legislative committees, authenticating acts, orders, and proceedings of the Assembly, and supervising all other officers of the Assembly.  In the absence of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes all duties of the position.<ref>[http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=WI:Default&d=rules&jd=top Rules of the Wisconsin Assembly - Duties of the Speaker]</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/asmhome.htm Wisconsin Assembly Leadership]</ref>
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The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by its membership.  Duties of the speaker include appointing members to legislative committees, authenticating acts, orders, and proceedings of the Assembly, and supervising all other officers of the Assembly.  In the absence of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes all duties of the position.<ref>[http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=WI:Default&d=rules&jd=top ''Wisconsin State Legislature'', "Rules of the Wisconsin Assembly," accessed August 9, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/asmhome.htm ''Wisconsin State Legislature'', "Wisconsin Assembly Leadership," accessed August 9, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====Current leadership====
 
====Current leadership====
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Speaker of the Assembly]] || [[Robin J. Vos]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[State Speaker of the Assembly]] || {{State House Speaker|State=Wisconsin|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore]] || [[Bill Kramer]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore]] || [[Tyler August]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Assembly Majority Leader]] || [[Scott Suder]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[State Assembly Majority Leader]] || {{State House Majority Leader|State=Wisconsin|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[State Assembly Assistant Majority Leader]] || [[Jim Steineke]] || {{red dot}}
 
| [[State Assembly Assistant Majority Leader]] || [[Jim Steineke]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[State Assembly Majority Caucus Secretary]] || [[Mary Williams]] || {{red dot}}
 
| [[State Assembly Majority Caucus Secretary]] || [[Mary Williams]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Assembly Minority Leader]] || [[Peter Barca]] || {{blue dot}}
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| State Assembly Majority Caucus Sergeant || [[Samantha Kerkman]] || {{red dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Assembly Minority Leader]] || {{State House Minority Leader|State=Wisconsin|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader]] || [[Sandy Pasch]] || {{blue dot}}
 
| [[State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader]] || [[Sandy Pasch]] || {{blue dot}}
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|-
 
|-
 
| [[State Assembly Minority Caucus Secretary]] || [[Janis Ringhand]] || {{blue dot}}
 
| [[State Assembly Minority Caucus Secretary]] || [[Janis Ringhand]] || {{blue dot}}
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|-
 +
| State Assembly Minority Caucus Sergeant || [[Josh Zepnick]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
 
{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Wisconsin State Senate
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! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Wisconsin State Assembly
 
|-
 
|-
 
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | District  
 
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | District  
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! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Assumed office
 
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Assumed office
 
|-
 
|-
| width="70px" | 1
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| width="70px" | [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 1|1]]
 
| width="150px" | [[Garey Bies]]
 
| width="150px" | [[Garey Bies]]
 
| width="150px" | {{Red dot}}
 
| width="150px" | {{Red dot}}
 
| 2001
 
| 2001
 
|-
 
|-
| 2
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 2|2]]
 
| [[Andre Jacque]]
 
| [[Andre Jacque]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 3
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 3|3]]
 
| [[Alvin R. Ott]]
 
| [[Alvin R. Ott]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 1987
 
| 1987
 
|-
 
|-
| 4  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 4|4]]
 
| [[Chad Weininger]]
 
| [[Chad Weininger]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 5
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 5|5]]
 
| [[Jim Steineke]]
 
| [[Jim Steineke]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 6
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 6|6]]
 
| [[Gary Tauchen]]
 
| [[Gary Tauchen]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
| 7  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 7|7]]
 
| [[Daniel Riemer]]
 
| [[Daniel Riemer]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 8  
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 8|8]]
 
| [[JoCasta Zamarripa]]
 
| [[JoCasta Zamarripa]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 9  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 9|9]]
 
| [[Josh Zepnick]]
 
| [[Josh Zepnick]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2003
 
| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
| 10  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 10|10]]
 
| [[Sandy Pasch]]
 
| [[Sandy Pasch]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-
 
|-
| 11
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 11|11]]
 
| [[Mandela Barnes]]
 
| [[Mandela Barnes]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 12
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 12|12]]
 
| [[Frederick P. Kessler]]
 
| [[Frederick P. Kessler]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
| 13  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 13|13]]
 
| [[Rob Hutton]]
 
| [[Rob Hutton]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 14
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 14|14]]
 
| [[Dale Kooyenga]]
 
| [[Dale Kooyenga]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 15  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 15|15]]
 
| [[Joe Sanfelippo]]
 
| [[Joe Sanfelippo]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 16  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 16|16]]
 
| [[Leon D. Young]]
 
| [[Leon D. Young]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 1993
 
| 1993
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 17
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 17|17]]
 
| [[LaTonya Johnson]]
 
| [[LaTonya Johnson]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 18
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 18|18]]
 
| [[Evan Goyke]]
 
| [[Evan Goyke]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 19  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 19|19]]
 
| [[Jon Richards]]
 
| [[Jon Richards]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 1999
 
| 1999
 
|-
 
|-
| 20  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 20|20]]
 
| [[Christine Sinicki]]
 
| [[Christine Sinicki]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 1999
 
| 1999
 
|-
 
|-
| 21  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 21|21]]
| [[Mark Honadel]]
+
| [[Jessie Rodriguez]]
| {{Red dot}}
+
| {{Red dot}}
| 2003
+
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 22  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 22|22]]
 
| [[Don Pridemore]]
 
| [[Don Pridemore]]
 
| {{Red dot}}  
 
| {{Red dot}}  
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
| 23
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 23|23]]
 
| [[Jim Ott]]
 
| [[Jim Ott]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
| 24
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 24|24]]
 
| [[Daniel Knodl]]
 
| [[Daniel Knodl]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 25
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 25|25]]
 
| [[Paul Tittl]]
 
| [[Paul Tittl]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 26
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 26|26]]
 
| [[Mike Endsley]]
 
| [[Mike Endsley]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 27  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 27|27]]
 
| [[Steve Kestell]]
 
| [[Steve Kestell]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 1999
 
| 1999
 
|-
 
|-
| 28  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 28|28]]
 
| [[Erik Severson]]
 
| [[Erik Severson]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 29  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 29|29]]
 
| [[John Murtha]]
 
| [[John Murtha]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 30
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 30|30]]
 
| [[Dean Knudson]]
 
| [[Dean Knudson]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 31  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 31|31]]
 
| [[Amy Loudenbeck]]
 
| [[Amy Loudenbeck]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 32  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 32|32]]
 
| [[Tyler August]]
 
| [[Tyler August]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 33
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 33|33]]
 
| [[Stephen Nass]]
 
| [[Stephen Nass]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 1991
 
| 1991
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 34
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 34|34]]
 
| [[Rob Swearingen]]
 
| [[Rob Swearingen]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 35  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 35|35]]
 
| [[Mary Czaja]]
 
| [[Mary Czaja]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 36  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 36|36]]
 
| [[Jeffrey Mursau]]
 
| [[Jeffrey Mursau]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 37
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 37|37]]
 
| [[John Jagler]]
 
| [[John Jagler]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 38
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 38|38]]
 
| [[Joel Kleefisch]]
 
| [[Joel Kleefisch]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 39
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 39|39]]
 
| [[Mark Born]]
 
| [[Mark Born]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 40  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 40|40]]
 
| [[Kevin Petersen]]
 
| [[Kevin Petersen]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
| 41
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 41|41]]
 
| [[Joan Ballweg]]
 
| [[Joan Ballweg]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 42
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 42|42]]
 
| [[Keith Ripp]]
 
| [[Keith Ripp]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-
 
|-
| 43
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 43|43]]
 
| [[Andy Jorgensen]]
 
| [[Andy Jorgensen]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
| 44  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 44|44]]
 
| [[Debra Kolste]]
 
| [[Debra Kolste]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 45  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 45|45]]
 
| [[Janis Ringhand]]
 
| [[Janis Ringhand]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 46
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 46|46]]
 
| [[Gary Hebl]]
 
| [[Gary Hebl]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
| 47  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 47|47]]
 
| [[Robb Kahl]]
 
| [[Robb Kahl]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 48  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 48|48]]
 
| [[Melissa Sargent]]
 
| [[Melissa Sargent]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 49  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 49|49]]
 
| [[Travis Tranel]]
 
| [[Travis Tranel]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 50
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 50|50]]
 
| [[Ed Brooks]]
 
| [[Ed Brooks]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-
 
|-
| 51
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 51|51]]
 
| [[Howard Marklein]]
 
| [[Howard Marklein]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 52  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 52|52]]
 
| [[Jeremy Thiesfeldt]]
 
| [[Jeremy Thiesfeldt]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 53  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 53|53]]
 
| [[Michael Schraa]]
 
| [[Michael Schraa]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 54  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 54|54]]
 
| [[Gordon Hintz]]
 
| [[Gordon Hintz]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
| 55  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 55|55]]
 
| [[Dean Kaufert]]
 
| [[Dean Kaufert]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 1991
 
| 1991
 
|-
 
|-
| 56  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 56|56]]
 
| [[Dave Murphy]]
 
| [[Dave Murphy]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 57
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 57|57]]
 
| [[Penny Bernard Schaber]]
 
| [[Penny Bernard Schaber]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-
 
|-
| 58  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 58|58]]
 
| [[Pat Strachota]]
 
| [[Pat Strachota]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
| 59  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 59|59]]
 
| [[Daniel R. LeMahieu]]
 
| [[Daniel R. LeMahieu]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2003
 
| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
| 60  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 60|60]]
 
| [[Duey Stroebel]]
 
| [[Duey Stroebel]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 61
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 61|61]]
 
| [[Samantha Kerkman]]
 
| [[Samantha Kerkman]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2001
 
| 2001
 
|-
 
|-
| 62  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 62|62]]
 
| [[Tom Weatherston]]
 
| [[Tom Weatherston]]
 
| {{Red dot}}  
 
| {{Red dot}}  
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 63  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 63|63]]
 
| [[Robin Vos]]
 
| [[Robin Vos]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
| 64  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 64|64]]
 
| [[Peter Barca]]
 
| [[Peter Barca]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 65
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 65|65]]
 
| [[Tod Ohnstad]]
 
| [[Tod Ohnstad]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 66
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 66|66]]
 
| [[Cory Mason]]
 
| [[Cory Mason]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 67
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 67|67]]
 
| [[Tom Larson]]
 
| [[Tom Larson]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 68
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 68|68]]
 
| [[Kathy Bernier]]
 
| [[Kathy Bernier]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 69
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 69|69]]
| [[Scott Suder]]
+
| [[Bob Kulp]]
| {{Red dot}}
+
| {{Red dot}}
| 1999
+
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 70
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 70|70]]
 
| [[Amy Vruwink]]
 
| [[Amy Vruwink]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2003
 
| 2003
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 71
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 71|71]]
 
| [[Katrina Shankland]]
 
| [[Katrina Shankland]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
| 72  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 72|72]]
 
| [[Scott Krug]]
 
| [[Scott Krug]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 73  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 73|73]]
 
| [[Nick Milroy]]
 
| [[Nick Milroy]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-
 
|-
| 74  
+
| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 74|74]]
 
| [[Janet Bewley]]
 
| [[Janet Bewley]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| 2011
 
| 2011
 
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| 75  
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 75|75]]
 
| [[Stephen Smith (Wisconsin)|Stephen Smith]]
 
| [[Stephen Smith (Wisconsin)|Stephen Smith]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 76
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 76|76]]
 
| [[Chris Taylor]]
 
| [[Chris Taylor]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 77
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 77|77]]
 
| [[Terese Berceau]]
 
| [[Terese Berceau]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 1999
 
| 1999
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 78
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 78|78]]
 
| [[Brett Hulsey]]
 
| [[Brett Hulsey]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 79
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 79|79]]
 
| [[Dianne Hesselbein]]
 
| [[Dianne Hesselbein]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
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| 80
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 80|80]]
 
| [[Sondy Pope]]
 
| [[Sondy Pope]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2003
 
| 2003
 
|-
 
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| 81
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 81|81]]
 
| [[Fred Clark]]
 
| [[Fred Clark]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 82
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 82|82]]
| [[Jeffrey Stone]]
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| [[Ken Skowronski]]
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| {{Red dot}}
| 1999
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| 2014
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 83
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 83|83]]
 
| [[Dave Craig]]
 
| [[Dave Craig]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 84
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 84|84]]
 
| [[Mike Kuglitsch]]
 
| [[Mike Kuglitsch]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
| 85
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 85|85]]
 
| [[Mandy Wright]]
 
| [[Mandy Wright]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 86
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 86|86]]
 
| [[John Spiros]]
 
| [[John Spiros]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 87
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 87|87]]
 
| [[Mary Williams]]
 
| [[Mary Williams]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2003
 
| 2003
 
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| 88
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 88|88]]
 
| [[John Klenke]]
 
| [[John Klenke]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 89
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 89|89]]
 
| [[John Nygren]]
 
| [[John Nygren]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 90
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 90|90]]
 
| [[Eric Genrich]]
 
| [[Eric Genrich]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 91
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 91|91]]
 
| [[Dana Wachs]]
 
| [[Dana Wachs]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
| 92
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 92|92]]
 
| [[Chris Danou]]
 
| [[Chris Danou]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2009
 
| 2009
 
|-  
 
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| 93
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 93|93]]
 
| [[Warren Petryk|Warren Petryk]]
 
| [[Warren Petryk|Warren Petryk]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
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| 94
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 94|94]]
 
| [[Steve Doyle]]
 
| [[Steve Doyle]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
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| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
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| 95
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| [[Wisconsin State Assembly District 95|95]]
 
| [[Jill Billings]]
 
| [[Jill Billings]]
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| {{Blue dot}}
 
| 2011
 
| 2011
 
|-  
 
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| 96
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| [[Lee A. Nerison]]
 
| [[Lee A. Nerison]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2005
 
| 2005
 
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| 97
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| [[Bill Kramer]]
 
| [[Bill Kramer]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| 2007
 
| 2007
 
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| [[Adam Neylon]]
 
| [[Adam Neylon]]
 
| {{Red dot}}       
 
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| 2013
 
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Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.
  
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
 
   
 
   
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Office of the Governor of Wisconsin]], the [[Wisconsin State Senate]] and the [[Wisconsin House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Wisconsin|Office of the Governor of Wisconsin]], the [[Wisconsin State Senate]] and the [[Wisconsin House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
[[File:Partisan composition of Wisconsin state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
 
[[File:Partisan composition of Wisconsin state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
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====SQLI and partisanship====
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The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Wisconsin state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the course of the study, Wisconsin experienced both Democratic and Republican trifectas as well as divided governments. The state's SQLI rankings were higher earlier in the study, with its highest ranking, finishing 7th, occurring in 1992, 1995 and 1998 during both Republican trifectas and a divided government. Its lowest ranking, finishing 30th, occurred in 2007 during a divided government. The state's rankings began to improve during the most recent years of the study, finishing 13th in 2012 during a Republican trifecta.
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*SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 21.00
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*SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 10.00
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*SQLI average with divided government: 17.27
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[[File:Wisconsin SQLI visualization.PNG|thumb|center|1000px|Chart displaying the partisanship of the Wisconsin government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

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Wisconsin State Assembly

Seal of Wisconsin.svg.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 14, 2014
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Robin Vos (R)
Majority Leader:   Pat Strachota (R)
Minority leader:   Peter Barca (D)
Structure
Members:  99
  
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary:   $49,943/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (99 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (99 seats)
Redistricting:  Wisconsin Legislature has control
Meeting place:
Wisconsin Assembly.jpg
The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin State Legislature, the state legislature of Wisconsin. There are 99 members that serve in the State House of Representatives, and all members are up for election every two years. Each member represents an average of 57,444 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 54,178 residents.[2] The Wisconsin State Assembly operates in a biennial session that lasts from early January of the odd numbered year to early January of the odd numbered year two years later. The session is referred to by the odd-numbered year, for example, acts from the 2001-2002 Legislative Session are called 2001 Wisconsin Acts. During the session, business is conducted during scheduled floor-periods.[3]

As of August 2014, Wisconsin is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Wisconsin State Legislature, Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin Governor

Sessions

Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution contains provisions related to the meeting of the Wisconsin State Legislature, of which the Assembly is a part. Section 11 of Article IV states that the times for regular sessions are to be provided by law. Section 11 also states that the Governor of Wisconsin has the power to call the Legislature into special session.

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included income tax, public school funding, health care and jobs.[4]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to December 31.

Major issues

Following the extreme polarization of the last two years, Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he would push for a more moderate agenda in 2013. Alongside the creation of a new budget, main issues will include job creation, workforce development, tax cuts, education reform and transportation infrastructure.[5]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Assembly was in session from January 10 through March 16 with a return for limited business on April 24.

Major issues

With potential recalls of Governor Scott Walker (R), Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and four Republican state senators, debate on major legislation was expected to be limited.[6] Going into the session, Republican leaders said they were focused on passing bills on only four main issues - clearing the way for on ore mine in northern Wisconsin, easing laws regarding development on wetlands, environmental regulation, and creating a venture capital fund to help start-up businesses.[7]

The six recalls dominated the session. Ultimately on June 5, recalls against the Governor, Lt. Governor, and three of the state senators were unsuccessful. The fourth recall, that against Van Wanggaard, went to a recount. Wanggaard was defeated, giving Democrats control of the Senate.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Assembly convened a special session at the request of Governor Scott Walker on January 4, 2011. The special session was called to consider legislation regarding tax credits, tort law, medical savings accounts, other legislation relating to taxation, and the budget repair bill.[8] The regular session began on January 11. Two extraordinary sessions were called by the Legislature in 2011. The first was held from June 13-30 followed by a second extraordinary session from July 19-29.[9]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Assembly convened its legislative session on January 19, and it ended its last scheduled floor-period on April 22.[10]

Role in state budget

See also: Wisconsin state budget

Wisconsin operates on a biennial budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[11][12]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in June.
  2. State agencies submit budget requests in September.
  3. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the Wisconsin State Legislature in January.
  4. The legislature adopts a budget in June or July. A simple majority is needed to pass a budget.
  5. The biennial budget cycle begins in July.

In Wisconsin, the governor has line-item veto authority, as well the authority to veto an item within the appropriations bill and to change the meaning of words.[12]

The governor is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget. In addition, the legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.[12]

Cost-benefit analyses

See also: Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study
Map showing results of the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Wisconsin was one of the 10 states that used cost-benefit analysis more than the rest of the states with respect to determining return on investment regarding state programs. In addition, these states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis with respect to large budget areas and when making policy decisions.[13]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: Following the Money 2014 Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[14] According to the report, Wisconsin received a grade of A- and a numerical score of 90, indicating that Wisconsin was "leading" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[14]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Wisconsin was given a grade of D in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014.

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly were held in Wisconsin on November 6, 2012. All 99 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 10, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Wisconsin's State Assembly were held in Wisconsin on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 13, 2010. The primary Election Day was September 14, 2010. Out of the 99 districts up for re-election, incumbents ran in 80 of them.

In 2010, the candidates for state assembly raised a total of $7,619,470 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[16]

2008

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 9, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $8,861,552. The top 10 contributors were:[17]

2006

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,451,473. The top 10 contributors were:[18]

2004

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,098,873. The top 10 contributors were:[19]

2002

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $4,168,776. The top 10 contributors were:[20]

2000

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total value of contributions to Senate candidates was $6,788,646. The top 10 contributors were:[21]

Qualifications

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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In the event of a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election when allowed by law.[22] Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election.[23] If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.[24]

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Wisconsin

Redistricting in Wisconsin is under the control of the state legislature. If the state legislature fails to reach an agreement, the maps are drawn by either state or federal courts. The State Senate and State Assembly draft maps for the new state legislative districts and the U.S. Congressional districts. Both chambers must pass the new map, and the governor can sign or veto the map for any reason.[25]

2010

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Wisconsin's population increased from 5.36 million to 5.69 million between 2000 and 2010.[26] This population growth was large enough to allow the state to retain its eight Congressional seats.[27]

Republicans held the majority in the State Senate, State Assembly, and the governorship after the 2010 elections. As a result, the redistricting process was completely under the control of one party.

The Republican leadership dismissed the Democratic-hired firm that was going to aid with redistricting and instead brought in an outside group to aid the process. This new firm's leader had donated to Republican candidates in the past.[28] The redistricting process was accelerated by the summer 2011 recall elections, and Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that gave the legislature the power to redistrict state boundaries before the localities finished their redistricting processes.[29] The state Republicans unveiled their plan on July 8, 2011. Democrats criticized the plan as gerrymandering, but Republicans defended their map.[30] The maps passed the legislature on July 19, 2011, and signed into law by Governor Walker on August 9, 2011.[31]

Several lawsuits were filed as a result of the new maps.[32] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board identified errors in the maps, likely due to the creation of the state boundaries before the localities finished drawing their boundaries. A court also determined that two Milwaukee-area districts needed to be redrawn to better represent minority-area populations.[33]

Assemblymen

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 60
Total 99

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of the Wisconsin State House.PNG

Salaries

Mural in the Wisconsin State Assembly chambers. Stuffed eagle "Old Abe" is halfway between the flags
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.[34]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by its membership. Duties of the speaker include appointing members to legislative committees, authenticating acts, orders, and proceedings of the Assembly, and supervising all other officers of the Assembly. In the absence of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes all duties of the position.[35][36]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Wisconsin State Assembly
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Majority Leader Pat Strachota Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Assistant Majority Leader Jim Steineke Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Majority Caucus Chair Joan Ballweg Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Majority Caucus Vice Chair John Murtha Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Majority Caucus Secretary Mary Williams Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Majority Caucus Sergeant Samantha Kerkman Ends.png Republican
State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca Electiondot.png Democratic
State Assembly Assistant Minority Leader Sandy Pasch Electiondot.png Democratic
State Assembly Minority Caucus Chair Andy Jorgensen Electiondot.png Democratic
State Assembly Minority Caucus Vice Chair JoCasta Zamarripa Electiondot.png Democratic
State Assembly Minority Caucus Secretary Janis Ringhand Electiondot.png Democratic
State Assembly Minority Caucus Sergeant Josh Zepnick Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

Current members, Wisconsin State Assembly
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Garey Bies Ends.png Republican 2001
2 Andre Jacque Ends.png Republican 2011
3 Alvin R. Ott Ends.png Republican 1987
4 Chad Weininger Ends.png Republican 2011
5 Jim Steineke Ends.png Republican 2011
6 Gary Tauchen Ends.png Republican 2007
7 Daniel Riemer Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
8 JoCasta Zamarripa Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
9 Josh Zepnick Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
10 Sandy Pasch Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
11 Mandela Barnes Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12 Frederick P. Kessler Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
13 Rob Hutton Ends.png Republican 2013
14 Dale Kooyenga Ends.png Republican 2011
15 Joe Sanfelippo Ends.png Republican 2013
16 Leon D. Young Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
17 LaTonya Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
18 Evan Goyke Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
19 Jon Richards Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
20 Christine Sinicki Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
21 Jessie Rodriguez Ends.png Republican 2013
22 Don Pridemore Ends.png Republican 2005
23 Jim Ott Ends.png Republican 2007
24 Daniel Knodl Ends.png Republican 2009
25 Paul Tittl Ends.png Republican 2013
26 Mike Endsley Ends.png Republican 2011
27 Steve Kestell Ends.png Republican 1999
28 Erik Severson Ends.png Republican 2011
29 John Murtha Ends.png Republican 2007
30 Dean Knudson Ends.png Republican 2011
31 Amy Loudenbeck Ends.png Republican 2011
32 Tyler August Ends.png Republican 2011
33 Stephen Nass Ends.png Republican 1991
34 Rob Swearingen Ends.png Republican 2013
35 Mary Czaja Ends.png Republican 2013
36 Jeffrey Mursau Ends.png Republican 2005
37 John Jagler Ends.png Republican 2013
38 Joel Kleefisch Ends.png Republican 2005
39 Mark Born Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Kevin Petersen Ends.png Republican 2007
41 Joan Ballweg Ends.png Republican 2011
42 Keith Ripp Ends.png Republican 2009
43 Andy Jorgensen Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
44 Debra Kolste Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
45 Janis Ringhand Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
46 Gary Hebl Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
47 Robb Kahl Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
48 Melissa Sargent Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
49 Travis Tranel Ends.png Republican 2011
50 Ed Brooks Ends.png Republican 2009
51 Howard Marklein Ends.png Republican 2011
52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt Ends.png Republican 2011
53 Michael Schraa Ends.png Republican 2013
54 Gordon Hintz Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
55 Dean Kaufert Ends.png Republican 1991
56 Dave Murphy Ends.png Republican 2013
57 Penny Bernard Schaber Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
58 Pat Strachota Ends.png Republican 2005
59 Daniel R. LeMahieu Ends.png Republican 2003
60 Duey Stroebel Ends.png Republican 2011
61 Samantha Kerkman Ends.png Republican 2001
62 Tom Weatherston Ends.png Republican 2013
63 Robin Vos Ends.png Republican 2005
64 Peter Barca Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
65 Tod Ohnstad Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
66 Cory Mason Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
67 Tom Larson Ends.png Republican 2011
68 Kathy Bernier Ends.png Republican 2011
69 Bob Kulp Ends.png Republican 2013
70 Amy Vruwink Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
71 Katrina Shankland Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
72 Scott Krug Ends.png Republican 2011
73 Nick Milroy Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
74 Janet Bewley Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
75 Stephen Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
76 Chris Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
77 Terese Berceau Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
78 Brett Hulsey Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
79 Dianne Hesselbein Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
80 Sondy Pope Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
81 Fred Clark Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
82 Ken Skowronski Ends.png Republican 2014
83 Dave Craig Ends.png Republican 2011
84 Mike Kuglitsch Ends.png Republican 2011
85 Mandy Wright Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
86 John Spiros Ends.png Republican 2013
87 Mary Williams Ends.png Republican 2003
88 John Klenke Ends.png Republican 2011
89 John Nygren Ends.png Republican 2007
90 Eric Genrich Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
91 Dana Wachs Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
92 Chris Danou Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
93 Warren Petryk Ends.png Republican 2011
94 Steve Doyle Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
95 Jill Billings Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
96 Lee A. Nerison Ends.png Republican 2005
97 Bill Kramer Ends.png Republican 2007
98 Adam Neylon Ends.png Republican 2013
99 Chris Kapenga Ends.png Republican 2011

Assembly standing committees

The Wisconsin Assembly has the following standing committees:

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Wisconsin
Partisan breakdown of the Wisconsin legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Wisconsin State House of Representatives for 5 years while the Republicans were the majority for 17 years. The final three years of the study depicted a shift in the Wisconsin House with all three years being Republican trifectas.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Wisconsin state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Wisconsin state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the course of the study, Wisconsin experienced both Democratic and Republican trifectas as well as divided governments. The state's SQLI rankings were higher earlier in the study, with its highest ranking, finishing 7th, occurring in 1992, 1995 and 1998 during both Republican trifectas and a divided government. Its lowest ranking, finishing 30th, occurred in 2007 during a divided government. The state's rankings began to improve during the most recent years of the study, finishing 13th in 2012 during a Republican trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 21.00
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 10.00
  • SQLI average with divided government: 17.27
Chart displaying the partisanship of the Wisconsin government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

External links

References

  1. census.gov, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014
  2. census.gov, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014
  3. Wisconsin Assembly, "FAQ's," March 4, 2009
  4. Wisconsin Realtors Association, "2014 Election Themes Take Shape," accessed January 14, 2014
  5. Wisconsin State Journal, "With state bitterly divided, Walker promises more moderate agenda," January 7, 2013
  6. Governor Journal, "Recalls Make for Quiet Session," January 16, 2012
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