Wisconsin's 25th State Senate district

The 25th Senate District of Wisconsin is one of 33 districts in the Wisconsin State Senate.[3] Located in northwest Wisconsin, the district comprises all of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, and Washburn counties, as well as eastern Burnett County, northern Sawyer County, and parts of southwest Vilas County, eastern Polk County, northeast St. Croix County, and northwest Dunn County. The 25th Senate district is the largest Wisconsin Senate district by area; mostly rural, the largest population center is the city of Rice Lake. The district also includes the Bad River and Lac du Flambeau Indian reservations, and most of the Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest.[4]

Wisconsin's 25th
State Senate district
Map of the district
Wisconsin Senate District 25, defined in 2011 Wisc. Act 43
  Janet Bewley
since January 3, 2015 (6 years)
Demographics91.7% White
0.8% Black
1.8% Hispanic
0.7% Asian
4.2% Native American
0.8% Other
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
NotesFar north-western Wisconsin

Current elected officialsEdit

Janet Bewley is the senator representing the 25th district. She was first elected in the 2014 general election, and is now in her second four-year term. Before serving as a senator, she was a member of the State Assembly from 2011 to 2015.[5]

Each Wisconsin State Senate district is composed of three Wisconsin State Assembly districts. The 25th Senate district comprises the 73rd, 74th, and 75th Assembly districts. The current representatives of those districts are:

The district is located almost entirely within Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, which is currently represented by U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany. The portion of the district in Dunn County falls within Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district, which is represented by U.S. Representative Ron Kind.[6]


The boundaries of districts have changed over history. Previous politicians of a specific numbered district have represented a different geographic area, due to redistricting.

After the fifth (1852) session of the state legislature, the Wisconsin Senate was expanded to 25 members. The first member for the 25th District was James T. Lewis, of Columbus (later a Governor of Wisconsin). The district at that time consisted of Columbia County.[7] This was true until 1872, when the district became the counties of the counties of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara (Columbia County was now the Twenty-Seventh District).

In 1876, the Senate was again redistricted: the Twenty-Fifth now consisted of the City of Madison, and various other Towns and Villages in Dane County, Wisconsin (more or less the previous Seventh District); while what had been the 25th was now the Ninth District.[8]

In 1883, the Twenty-Fifth now consisted of Eau Claire, Pepin and Pierce Counties (three of the eleven counties which had made up the Seventh District); Dane County became the Twenty-Sixth District.

From 1887-1891, the district consisted of Clark and Eau Claire Counties. The short-lived redistricting of 1891 left the district consisting of Clark, Price, Taylor, and Wood Counties. From 1892-1895, the district once again consisted of Clark and Eau Claire Counties. From 1896-1910, the district consisted of Clark and Marathon Counties. From 1911-1922, the district consisted of Langlade and Marathon Counties. From 1923-1954, the district consisted of Lincoln and Marathon Counties.

After the 1954 redistricting, the district had completely changed, and now consisted of Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas Counties (Lincoln and Marathon Counties had been split between the new 12th and 29th Districts). The 1960 federal census showed that this district, at 74,293 people, was the least populous of Wisconsin's 33 districts, 38.0% below the average;[9] in the wake of Baker v. Carr, a redistricting would be necessary. After a great deal of litigation, the Wisconsin Supreme Court created a redistricting map promulgated on May 14, 1964. The new Twenty-Fifth District added Iron, Price, Rusk and Sawyer Counties to the district.[10] The 1972 redistricting took away Rusk County and a southern portion of Price County, adding the eastern part of Barron County instead; but left the district mostly unchanged.[11] The 1982 redistricting removed Price County entirely, and modified the Barron County portion, as well as adding one Rusk County township. In 1992, the latest court-ordered redistricting added the remainder of Barron County, while dropping the Rusk County township once more. The 2002 court-ordered redistricting added part of Burnett County for the first time, while taking away segments of Sawyer and Barron Counties. The new 2011 redistricting bill took away most of Sawyer, but added for the first time a single township in Vilas County, and a township from both Dunn and Saint Croix Counties, and Price County in whole.

Past senatorsEdit

The district has previously been represented by:

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
WI Senate District 25, 1852-1871
Columbia County
James T. Lewis Dem. Resigned 1853 after elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. 6th 1853
John Q. Adams Dem. Won 1853 special election. 7th 1854
Rep. 8th 1855
9th 1856
Moses M. Davis Rep. 10th 1857
11th 1858
12th 1859
13th 1860
G. W. Hazelton Rep. 14th 1861
15th 1862
Jonathan Bowman Rep. 16th 1863
17th 1864
Natl. Union 18th 1865
19th 1866
Robert B. Sanderson Natl. Union 20th 1867
Rep. 21st 1868
William M. Griswold Rep. Redistricted to 27th district. 22nd 1869
23rd 1870
24th 1871
Waldo Flint Rep. Redistricted from 29th district. 25th 1872 Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara counties
Robert L. D. Potter Rep. 26th 1873
27th 1874
28th 1875
29th 1876
George B. Burrows Rep. 30th 1877 Eastern Dane County
31st 1878
32nd 1879
33rd 1880
34th 1881
35th 1882 Eau Claire, Pepin, and Pierce counties
1880 population: 43,962
Hans Warner Rep. 36th 1883–1884
37th 1885–1886
William A. Rust Rep. 38th 1887–1888
39th 1889–1890 Clark and Eau Claire counties
1890 population: 48,331
Robert MacBride Rep. 40th 1891–1892
41st 1893–1894
Clarion A. Youmans Rep. 42nd 1895–1896
43rd 1897–1898 Clark and Marathon counties
1895 population: 57,940
1900 population: 69,104
Andrew L. Kreutzer Rep. 44th 1899–1900
45th 1901–1902
46th 1903–1904
47th 1905–1906
Spencer M. Marsh Rep. 48th 1907–1908
49th 1909–1910
W. W. Albers Dem. 50th 1911–1912
51st 1913–1914 Langlade and Marathon counties
1910 population: 72,116
52nd 1915–1916
53rd 1917–1918
Claire B. Bird Rep. 54th 1919–1920
55th 1921–1922
Joseph L. Barber Rep. 56th 1923–1924 Lincoln and Marathon counties
57th 1925–1926
Otto Mueller Rep. 58th 1927–1928
59th 1929–1930
60th 1931–1932
61st 1933–1934
Roland E. Kannenberg Prog. 62nd 1935–1936
63rd 1937–1938
Otto Mueller Rep. 64th 1939–1940
65th 1941–1942
William McNeight Rep. 66th 1943–1944
67th 1945–1946
Clifford Krueger Rep. 68th 1947–1948
69th 1949–1950
70th 1951–1952
71st 1953–1954
Carl Lauri Dem. 72nd 1955–1956 Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties
73rd 1957–1958
74th 1959–1960
75th 1961–1962
Frank Christopherson Jr. Dem. 76th 1963–1964
77th 1965–1966 Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, and Sawyer counties
Arthur Cirilli Rep. Resigned July 1972 after appointed Wisconsin circuit court judge. 78th 1967–1968
79th 1969–1970
80th 1971–1972
Daniel O. Theno Rep. Won 1972 special election. 81st 1973–1974 Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn counties and
Eastern Barron County
Northern Price County
82nd 1975–1976
83rd 1977–1978
84th 1979–1980
85th 1981–1982
86th 1983–1984 Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn counties and
Most of Barron County
87th 1985–1986 Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn counties and
Most of Barron County
Part of Rusk County
Robert Jauch Dem. Won 1986 election.
Re-elected 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010.
88th 1987–1988
89th 1989–1990
90th 1991–1992
91st 1993–1994 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn counties and
Part of Polk County
92nd 1995–1996
93rd 1997–1998
94th 1999–2000
95th 2001–2002
96th 2003–2004 Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Washburn counties and
Most of Barron County
Most of Sawyer County
Eastern Burnett County
Part of Polk County
97th 2005–2006
98th 2007–2008
99th 2009–2010
100th 2011–2012
101st 2013–2014 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, Washburn counties and
Part of Sawyer County
Eastern Burnett County
Part of Dunn County
Part of Polk County
Part of St. Croix County
Part of Vilas County
Janet Bewley Dem. Won 2014 election.
Re-elected 2018.
102nd 2015–2016
103rd 2017–2018
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. 175–191. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Wisconsin Legislative District Health Profile - Senate District 25 (PDF) (Report). University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Senate District 25". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Legislative Districts - Senate District 25 Boundaries". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Senator Janet Bewley". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "State of Wisconsin Congressional Districts" (PDF). Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Manual for the Use of the Assembly, of the State of Wisconsin, for the Year 1853 Madison: Brown and Carpenter, Printers, 1853; pp. 67, 85
  8. ^ Warner, Hans B., ed. The Blue Book of the State of 0Wisconsin 1880 Madison, 1880; pp. 498, 500, 505
  9. ^ Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert, eds. The Wisconsin Blue book, 1962 Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1962; p. 352
  10. ^ Theobald, H. Rupert, ed. The Wisconsin Blue book, 1964 Madison, 1964; pp. 787-789
  11. ^ Theobald, H. Rupert; Robbins, Patricia V., eds. The State of Wisconsin 1973 Blue Book Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, distributed by Document Sales, 1973; p. 70

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