Wisconsin State Assembly District 61

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
Current incumbentSamantha Kerkman Republican Party
Voting age71.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2014
Wisconsin's sixty-first state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Samantha Kerkman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 51,968 civilians reside within Wisconsin's sixty-first 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 incumbent Samantha Kerkman defeated Democratic incumbent John Steinbrink in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[8][9]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamantha Kerkman Incumbent 55.7% 16,589
     Democratic John Steinbrink Incumbent 44.3% 13,186
     - Scattering 0.1% 23
Total Votes 29,798

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly District 61 have raised a total of $225,306. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,482 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Assembly District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $79,580 2 $39,790
2010 $52,088 2 $26,044
2008 $9,763 1 $9,763
2006 $14,218 1 $14,218
2004 $7,007 2 $3,504
2002 $52,151 2 $26,076
2000 $10,499 1 $10,499
Total $225,306 11 $20,482

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