Wisconsin State Assembly District 34

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 34
Current incumbentRob Swearingen Republican Party
Voting age81.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Wisconsin's thirty-fourth state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Rob Swearingen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 53,812 civilians reside within Wisconsin's thirty-fourth state assembly district.[1] Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly represent an average of 57,444 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,179 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.


Section 6 of Article 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not have resided one year within the state, and be a qualified elector in the district which he may be chosen to represent."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Wisconsin Legislature are paid $49,943/year. Legislators receive a maximum of $88/day per diem, set by the compensation commission. Based on the maximum, the leadership of each house determines what amount to authorize for each session.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In the event of a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election when allowed by law.[5] Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election.[6] If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.[7]



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Assembly consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Republican Rob Swearingen defeated Republican Merlin Van Buren and Independent candidates Todd Albano and Kevin Fitzpatrick in the general election. Swearingen defeated Alex Young in the Republican primary election. Van Buren defeated Roberta Retrum in the Democratic primary election.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Swearingen 57.2% 19,442
     Democratic Merlin Van Buren 36.2% 12,297
     Independent Todd Albano 2.3% 791
     Independent Kevin Fitzpatrick 4.3% 1,469
     - Scattering 0% 17
Total Votes 34,016
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 34 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Swearingen 74.4% 5,161
Alex Young 25.6% 1,780
Total Votes 6,941
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 34 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMerlin Van Buren 62.3% 1,517
Roberta Retrum 37.7% 919
Total Votes 2,436

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 34 have raised a total of $448,142. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,370 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $87,945 5 $17,589
2010 $37,964 3 $12,655
2008 $74,995 2 $37,498
2006 $42,764 2 $21,382
2004 $75,543 3 $25,181
2002 $25,749 2 $12,875
2000 $103,182 5 $20,636
Total $448,142 22 $20,370

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