Wisconsin State Senate

The Wisconsin Senate is the upper house of the Wisconsin State Legislature. Together with the larger Wisconsin State Assembly they constitute the legislative branch of the state of Wisconsin. The powers of the Wisconsin Senate are modeled after those of the U.S. Senate.

Wisconsin Senate
Wisconsin State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 4, 2021
Leadership
Chris Kapenga (R)
since January 4, 2021
President pro tempore
Patrick Testin (R)
since January 4, 2021
Majority Leader
Devin LeMahieu (R)
since January 4, 2021
Minority Leader
Janet Bewley (D)
since April 24, 2020
Structure
Seats33
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Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (20)

Minority

Vacant

  •    (1)
Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary$50,950/year + $153 per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(17 seats)
Last election
November 3, 2020
(16 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(17 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(16 seats)
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
Website
Wisconsin State Senate
The Senate chamber seen from the gallery

The Wisconsin Constitution ties the size of the State Senate to that of the Assembly, by limiting its size to no less than 1/4, nor more than 1/3, of the size of the Assembly. Currently, Wisconsin is divided into 33 Senate Districts (1/3 of the current Assembly membership of 99) apportioned throughout the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 33 senators. A Senate district is formed by combining three Assembly districts. Similar to the U.S. Senate, in addition to its duty of reviewing and voting on all legislation passed through the legislature, the State Senate has the exclusive responsibility of confirming certain gubernatorial appointments, particularly cabinet secretaries (as part of the system of checks and balances) and members of boards and commissions. Senators are elected for four-year terms, staggered so that approximately half of the Senate is up for election every two years. If a vacancy occurs in a Senate seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election. The Senate chamber is in the south wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison.

Salary and benefitsEdit

The salary for legislators serving in the 2017 Wisconsin Legislature - $50,950 - is unchanged from the previous session. The salary for legislators serving in the 2015 session was increased by 2 percent from the $49,943 rate that had been in effect for the previous three bienniums. Before that increase, the most recent increase was an increase of 5 per-cent from the 2007 session to the 2009 session. The Speaker of the Assembly receives an additional stipend, which is currently $25 per month.[1]

In addition to their salaries, senators outside Dane County may receive a per diem up to $88 to cover living expenses while they are in Dane County on state business. Members of the Madison delegation may receive a per diem up to $44 to cover expenses. Each senator also receives $75 per month in "out-of-session" pay when the Legislature is in session for three days or less. Over two years, each senator is allotted $66,008 to cover general office expenses, printing, postage and district mailings.[citation needed]

Current sessionEdit

CompositionEdit

 
12 20
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
Begin 100th Legislature (2011) 14 19 33 0
End 100th (2012) 17 16
Begin 101st (2013) 15 18 33 0
End 101st (2014) 17 32 1
Begin 102nd (2015) 14 18 32 1
End 102nd (2016) 18 32 1
Begin 103rd (2017) 13 20 33 0
End 103rd (2018) 15 18 33 0
Begin 104th (2019) 14 19 33 0
End 104th (2020) 13 18 31 2
Begin 105th (2021) 12 20 32 1
Latest voting share 37.5% 62.5%

Senate officersEdit

Position Name
President of the Senate Chris Kapenga
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Patrick Testin
Majority leader Devin LeMahieu
Assistant Majority Leader Dan Feyen
Majority Caucus Chair Van Wanggaard
Majority Caucus Vice Chair Kathy Bernier
Minority Leader Janet Bewley
Assistant Minority Leader Janis Ringhand
Minority Caucus Chair Jeff Smith
Minority Caucus Vice Chair Melissa Agard
Chief Clerk Michael Queensland
Sergeant-at-Arms Ted Blazel

MembersEdit

District Senator Party Residence Current age First elected Next election
01 André Jacque Rep Bellevue 40 2018 2022
02 Robert Cowles Rep Green Bay 70 1987 2024
03 Tim Carpenter Dem Milwaukee 61 2002 2022
04 Lena Taylor Dem Milwaukee 54 2004 2024
05 Dale P. Kooyenga Rep Brookfield 42 2018 2022
06 La Tonya Johnson Dem Milwaukee 48 2016 2024
07 Chris Larson Dem Milwaukee 40 2010 2022
08 Alberta Darling Rep River Hills 76 1992 2024
09 Devin LeMahieu Rep Sheboygan 48 2014 2022
10 Rob Stafsholt Rep New Richmond 45 2020 2024
11 Stephen Nass Rep Whitewater 68 2014 2022
12 Mary Felzkowski Rep Irma 57 2020 2024
13 --Vacant-- 2021
14 Joan Ballweg Rep Markesan 69 2020 2024
15 Janis Ringhand Dem Evansville 71 2014 2022
16 Melissa Agard Dem Monona 52 2020 2024
17 Howard Marklein Rep Spring Green 66 2014 2022
18 Dan Feyen Rep Fond du Lac 52 2016 2024
19 Roger Roth Rep Appleton 43 2014 2022
20 Duey Stroebel Rep Saukville 61 2015 2024
21 Van H. Wanggaard Rep Racine 68 2014 2022
22 Robert Wirch Dem Kenosha 77 1996 2024
23 Kathy Bernier Rep Chippewa Falls 64 2018 2022
24 Patrick Testin Rep Stevens Point 32 2016 2024
25 Janet Bewley Dem Ashland 69 2014 2022
26 Kelda Roys Dem Madison 41 2020 2024
27 Jon Erpenbach Dem Middleton 60 1998 2022
28 Julian Bradley Rep Franklin 40 2020 2024
29 Jerry Petrowski Rep Marathon 70 2012 2022
30 Eric Wimberger Rep De Pere 2020 2024
31 Jeff Smith Dem Eau Claire 66 2018 2022
32 Brad Pfaff Dem Onalaska 2020 2024
33 Chris Kapenga Rep Delafield 49 2015 2022

Past notable membersEdit

Past composition of the SenateEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Salaries of elected officials effective January 2017 LRB REPORTS FEBRUARY 2017, VOL. 1, NO. 2

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°04′27.5″N 89°23′03.0″W / 43.074306°N 89.384167°W / 43.074306; -89.384167