Wisconsin's 21st State Senate district
The 21st Senate District of Wisconsin is one of 33 districts in the Wisconsin State Senate. Located in southeastern Wisconsin, the district comprises most of Kenosha and Racine counties. The district includes the city of Burlington and part of the city of Racine, as well as the villages of Bristol, Caledonia, Paddock Lake, Pleasant Prairie, Rochester, Salem Lakes, Sturtevant, Twin Lakes, and Union Grove, and the portions of the villages of Mount Pleasant and Somers west of Wisconsin Highway 31.
State Senate district
0.4% Native American
• Voting age
Current elected officialsEdit
Van H. Wanggaard is the senator representing the 21st district. He was elected to his first term in the 2010 general election, but was removed from office in a recall election in 2012. He subsequently was returned to office in the 2014 general election, and is now in his second four-year term.
Each Wisconsin State Senate district is composed of three Wisconsin State Assembly districts. The 21st Senate district comprises the 61st, 62nd, and 63rd Assembly districts. The current representatives of those districts are:
- Assembly District 61: Samantha Kerkman (R–Randall)
- Assembly District 62: Robert Wittke (R–Wind Point)
- Assembly District 63: Robin Vos (R–Rochester)
The 21st Senate district is unique in Wisconsin recall history. In 1996, it became the first district in which a Wisconsin state legislator was successfully removed from office via recall election, when Kimberly Plache defeated George Petak. With the recall of Van H. Wanggaard in 2012, it became the only Wisconsin district where there have been more than one successful recall elections.
As with all state senate and assembly seats, the boundaries of the 21st have moved over time during decennial redistricting. Senators of previous eras have represented different geographic areas.
The district was created after the 1850 census and reapportionment and was drawn for Winnebago County, in central Wisconsin. The inaugural holder was Coles Bashford in the 6th session of the Wisconsin Legislature, 1853.
In redistricting after the 2010 census, the city of Racine was mostly removed and rural and suburban portions of Kenosha County were added to the district, turning the 21st into a safe Republican seat.
A list of all previous senators from this district:
|District created by 1852 Wisc. Act 499.||1852|
|Coles Bashford||Whig||Won 1852 election.
Resigned 1855, elected Governor of Wisconsin.
|John Fitzgerald||Dem.||Won 1855 special election.||9th||1856|
|Ganem W. Washburn||Dem.||12th||1859|
|Horace O. Crane||Rep.||Resigned June 1861.||14th||1861|
|Samuel M. Hay||Rep.||Won 1861 special election.||15th||1862|
|Joseph B. Hamilton||Rep.||16th||1863|
|George S. Barnum||Natl. Union||18th||1865|
|George Gary||Natl. Union||Resigned Oct. 1867.||20th||1867|
|William G. Ritch||Rep.||Won 1867 special election.||21st||1868|
|Ira W. Fisher||Rep.||22nd||1869|
|James H. Foster||Rep.||Redistricted to 19th district.||24th||1871|
|Myron Reed||Dem.||25th||1872||Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca counties, and|
|Myron H. McCord||Rep.||26th||1873||Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca Counties, and|
|Willis C. Silverthorn||Dem.||28th||1875|
|29th||1876||Lincoln, Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca counties, and|
|Henry Mumbrue||Lib. Rep.||30th||1877||Marathon, Portage, and Waupaca counties|
|John Azor Kellogg||Rep.||32nd||1879|
|Charles F. Crosby||Rep.||34th||1881|
|John Ringle||Dem.||36th||1883–1884||Shawano, Waupaca, and Marathon counties|
|John E. Leahy||Rep.||38th||1887–1888|
|39th||1889–1890||Shawano and Waupaca counties, and|
|Joseph H. Woodnorth||Dem.||40th||1891–1892|
|41st||1893–1894||Portage and Waushara counties, and|
|43rd||1897–1898||Portage and Waupaca counties|
|William H. Hatton||Rep.||44th||1899–1900|
|Edward E. Browne||Rep.||48th||1907–1908|
|Edward F. Kileen||Rep.||51st||1913–1914||Waushara, Adams, Juneau, and Marquette counties|
|Frank H. Hanson||Rep.||52nd||1915–1916|
|John A. Conant||Rep.||54th||1919–1920|
|Max W. Heck||Rep.||56th||1923–1924||Racine County|
|Walter S. Goodland||Rep.||Won 1926 election.
Elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 1934.
|Kenneth L. Greenquist||Prog.||64th||1939–1940|
|Edward F. Hilker||Rep.||66th||1943–1944|
|Gerald T. Flynn||Dem.||70th||1951–1952|
|Lynn E. Stalbaum||Dem.||Won 1954 election.
Re-elected 1958, 1962.
Resigned 1964 after election to U.S. House.
|Henry Dorman||Dem.||Won 1965 special election.
Re-elected 1966, 1970, 1974.
Defeated in 1978 primary.
|Joseph A. Strohl||Dem.||Won 1978 election.
Re-elected 1982, 1986.
Majority Leader 1987-1990.
Defeated in 1990 election.
|George Petak||Republican||Won 1990 election.
Defeated in 1996 recall election.
Southern and Eastern Racine County
|Kimberly Plache||Dem.||Won 1996 recall election.|
Defeated in 2002 election.
|Cathy Stepp||Rep.||Won 2002 election.
Did not seek re-election.
|John Lehman||Dem.||Won 2006 election.
Defeated in 2010 election.
|Van H. Wanggaard||Rep.||Won 2010 election.
Defeated in 2012 recall election.
|John Lehman||Dem.||Won 2012 recall election.|
Did not seek re-election.
Central and Western Kenosha County
|Van H. Wanggaard||Rep.||Won 2014 election.
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