Wisconsin's 23rd State Senate district

The 23rd Senate District of Wisconsin is one of 33 districts in the Wisconsin State Senate.[3] Located in northwest Wisconsin, the district comprises all of Chippewa County and most of Clark County, as well as eastern Eau Claire County, eastern Dunn County, western Marathon County, and parts of northwest Jackson County and northeast Trempealeau County. The district is mostly rural, but contains the city of Chippewa Falls, most of the city of Marshfield, and part of the city of Eau Claire.[4]

Wisconsin's 23rd
State Senate district
Map of the district
Wisconsin Senate District 23, defined in 2011 Wisc. Act 43
  Kathy Bernier
RChippewa Falls
since January 7, 2019 (2 years)
Demographics95.3% White
0.7% Black
2.5% Hispanic
1.3% Asian
0.2% Native American
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
NotesNorthwest Wisconsin

Current elected officialsEdit

Kathy Bernier is the senator representing the 23rd district. She was first elected to the Senate in the 2018 general election. Before serving as a senator, she was a member of the State Assembly from 2011 to 2019.[5]

Each Wisconsin State Senate district is composed of three Wisconsin State Assembly districts. The 23rd Senate district comprises the 67th, 68th, and 69th Assembly districts. The current representatives of those districts are:

The 23rd Senate district crosses two congressional districts. The portion of the district in Dunn County, Eau Claire County, Trempealeau County, southern Chippewa County, and part of northwest Jackson County fall within Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district, which is represented by U.S. Representative Ron Kind; the remainder of the district in northwest Jackson County, the remainder of Chippewa County, and the portions of the district in Clark, Wood, and Marathon counties falls within Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, which is represented by U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany.[6]

Past senatorsEdit

The district has previously been represented by:[7]

Note: the boundaries of districts have changed repeatedly over history. Previous politicians of a specific numbered district have represented a completely different geographic area, due to redistricting.

Senator Party Notes Session Years District Definition
District created by 1852 Wisc. Act 499. 1852 Adams, Marquette, Sauk, Waushara counties
David Vittum Dem. 6th 1853
7th 1854
Edwin B. Kelsey Dem. 8th 1855
9th 1856
Samuel C. Bean Rep. 10th 1857 Southern Jefferson County
11th 1858
Enias D. Masters Rep. 12th 1859
13th 1860
Edwin Montgomery Rep. 14th 1861
15th 1862
WI Senate District 23, 1862-1871
Jefferson County
J. D. Clapp Dem. 16th 1863
17th 1864
S. W. Budlong Dem. 18th 1865
19th 1866
Gerrit T. Thorn Dem. 20th 1867
21st 1868
William W. Woodman Dem. 22nd 1869
23rd 1870
24th 1871
25th 1872 Jefferson County and
Part of Dodge County
Walter S. Greene Dem. 26th 1873
27th 1874
William W. Reed Lib. Rep. 28th 1875
29th 1876
30th 1877
31st 1878
Charles H. Phillips Rep. Died Jan. 1879. 32nd 1879
Joseph B. Bennett Rep. Won 1879 special election.
33rd 1880
Frederick Kusel Dem. 34th 1881
35th 1882 Jefferson County
1880 population: 32,155
William W. Reed Dem. 36th 1883–1884
37th 1885–1886
Walter S. Greene Dem. Died Nov. 1891. 38th 1887–1888
39th 1889–1890 Jefferson County and

1890 population: 50,694
40th 1891–1892
Albert Solliday Dem. Won 1892 special election. 41st 1893–1894
42nd 1895–1896
43rd 1897–1898 Walworth County and
Eastern Jefferson County
1895 population: 47,449
John H. Harris Rep. 44th 1899–1900
45th 1901–1902
Zadoc P. Beach Rep. 46th 1903–1904 Jefferson and Walworth counties
1900 population: 64,048
47th 1905–1906
John A. Hazelwood Dem. 48th 1907–1908
49th 1909–1910
Charles A. Snover Dem. 50th 1911–1912
51st 1913–1914 Portage and Waupaca counties
1910 population: 63,727
Andrew R. Potts Rep. 52nd 1915–1916
53rd 1917–1918
Herman J. Severson Rep. 54th 1919–1920
55th 1921–1922
56th 1923–1924
57th 1925–1926
58th 1927–1928
59th 1929–1930
60th 1931–1932
61st 1933–1934
Prog. 62nd 1935–1936
63rd 1937–1938
Fred R. Fisher Rep. 64th 1939–1940
65th 1941–1942
Harley M. Jacklin Dem. 66th 1943–1944
67th 1945–1946
Oscar W. Neale Rep. 68th 1947–1948
69th 1949–1950
70th 1951–1952
71st 1953–1954
Paul J. Rogan Rep. Won 1954 special election.
Resigned 1956.
72nd 1955–1956 Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn counties
Holger Rasmusen Rep. Won 1956 special election. 73rd 1957–1958
Howard W. Cameron Dem. 74th 1959–1960
75th 1961–1962
Holger Rasmusen Rep. 76th 1963–1964
77th 1965–1966 Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Washburn counties
78th 1967–1968
79th 1969–1970
Bruce Peloquin Dem. 80th 1971–1972
81st 1973–1974 Most of Chippewa County
Most of Dunn County
Northwest Eau Claire County
Part of Pepin County
82nd 1975–1976
83rd 1977–1978
Marvin J. Roshell Dem. Resigned Dec. 1992. 84th 1979–1980
85th 1981–1982
86th 1983–1984
87th 1985–1986
88th 1987–1988
89th 1989–1990
90th 1991–1992
--Vacant-- 91st 1993–1994 Chippewa, Clark counties
Most of Dunn County
Parts of Eau Claire County
Southwest Marathon County
Part of Wood County
David Zien Rep. Win 1993 special election.
92nd 1995–1996
93rd 1997–1998
94th 1999–2000
95th 2001–2002
96th 2003–2004 Chippewa County
Most of Clark County
Northern Dunn County
Northern Eau Claire County
Southwest Marathon County
Southeast Barron County
Part of Taylor County
Part of Wood County
97th 2005–2006
Pat Kreitlow Dem. Won 2006 election.
Lost 2010 election.
98th 2007–2008
99th 2009–2010
Terry Moulton Rep. 100th 2011–2012
101st 2013–2014 Chippewa County
Most of Clark County
Northeast Dunn County
Eastern Eau Claire County
Southwest Marathon County
Northwest Wood County
Part of Jackson County
Part of Trempealeau County
102nd 2015–2016
103rd 2017–2018
Kathy Bernier Rep. 104th 2019–2020
105th 2021–2022


  1. ^ 2011 Wisconsin Act 43 and 44 with Baldus et al vs. Brennan et al by Municipal Ward (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. October 18, 2012. pp. 152–164. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Wisconsin Legislative District Health Profile - Senate District 23 (PDF) (Report). University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Senate District 23". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Legislative Districts - Senate District 23 Boundaries". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "Senator Kathleen Bernier". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "State of Wisconsin Congressional Districts" (PDF). Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1991-92 edition, Statistics: History, pages 657-666.

External linksEdit