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Wisconsin Senate, District 21

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Wisconsin's 21st
State Senate District
Current senatorVan H. Wanggaard (RRacine)
Population (2017)approx. 180,000
NotesComposed of suburban and rural portions of Racine and Kenosha counties.

The 21st District of the Wisconsin Senate is located in south-eastern Wisconsin, covering most of the area of Racine and Kenosha counties.[1] Major population centers include the city of Burlington and the villages of Mount Pleasant and Caledonia in Racine County, and the villages of Pleasant Prairie and Salem Lakes in Kenosha County.


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 the 19th century, the district included at various times Marathon, Oconto, Shawano and Waupaca counties, and was located within the now-defunct 9th Congressional District

For most of the 20th century, the district covered the city of Racine and Racine County, in southeastern Wisconsin, within the boundaries of the 1st Congressional District.

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.[2]


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.[3]

Current elected officials

The district is currently represented by Republican Van H. Wanggaard.

The area of the 21st Senate District contains three State Assembly Districts:[4]

The district is located within Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Representative Bryan Steil. [5]

Past senators

The 21st senate district has had several notable officeholders, including American Civil War General John Azor Kellogg and Wisconsin Governors Coles Bashford and Walter Samuel Goodland.

A list of all previous senators from this district:

Legislative Session Senator Party Years Notes District Definition
District created 1852
WI Senate District 21, 1853-1872
WI Senate District 21, 1853-1872

Winnebago County
6th Coles Bashford Whig 1853 Elected in 1852 election.
Elected Governor of Wisconsin in 1855.
7th 1854
8th Republican 1855
9th John Fitzgerald Democratic 1856
10th Edwin Wheeler Republican 1857
11th 1858
12th Ganem W. Washburn Democratic  1859
13th Republican 1860
14th Horace O. Crane Republican 1861
15th Samuel M. Hay Republican 1862
16th Joseph B. Hamilton Republican 1863
17th 1864
18th George S. Barnum National Union 1865
19th 1866
20th George Gary National Union 1867
21st William G. Ritch Republican 1868
22nd Ira W. Fisher Republican 1869
23rd 1870
24th James H. Foster Republican 1871
25th Myron Reed Democratic 1872 Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca Counties, and
26th Myron H. McCord Republican 1873 Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca Counties, and
27th 1874
28th Willis C. Silverthorn Democratic 1875
29th 1876 Lincoln, Marathon, Oconto, Shawano, Waupaca Counties, and
30th Henry Mumbrue Liberal Republican 1877 Marathon, Portage, and Waupaca Counties
31st 1878
32nd John Azor Kellogg Republican 1879
33rd 1880
34th Charles F. Crosby Republican 1881
35th 1882
36th John Ringle Democratic 1883–1884 Shawano, Waupaca, and Marathon Counties
37th 1885–1886
38th John E. Leahy Republican 1887–1888
39th 1889–1890 Shawano and Waupaca Counties, and
40th Joseph H. Woodnorth Democratic 1891–1892
41st 1893–1894 Portage and Waushara Counties, and
42nd John Phillips Republican 1895–1896
43rd 1897–1898 Portage and Waupaca Counties
44th William H. Hatton Republican 1899–1900
45th 1901–1902
46th 1903–1904
47th 1905–1906
48th Edward E. Browne Republican 1907–1908
49th 1909–1910
50th 1911–1912
51st Edward F. Kileen Republican 1913–1914 Waushara, Adams, Juneau, and Marquette Counties
52nd Frank H. Hanson Republican 1915–1916
53rd 1917–1918
54th John A. Conant Republican 1919–1920
55th 1921–1922
56th Max W. Heck Republican 1923–1924
WI Senate District 21, 1923-1973
WI Senate District 21, 1923-1973

Racine County
57th 1925–1926
58th Walter Samuel Goodland Republican 1927–1928 Elected in 1926 election.
Re-elected 1930.
Did not seek re-election in 1934.
Elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 1934.
59th 1929–1930
60th 1931–1932
61st 1933–1934
62nd Joseph Clancy Democratic 1935–1936
63rd 1937–1938
64th Kenneth L. Greenquist Progressive 1939–1940
65th 1941–1942
66th Edward F. Hilker Republican 1943–1951
67th 1945–1946
68th 1947–1948
69th 1949–1950
70th Gerald T. Flynn Democratic 1951–1952
71st 1953–1954
72nd Lynn E. Stalbaum Democratic 1955–1956 Elected in 1954 election.
Re-elected 1958, 1962.
Elected to United States House of Representatives in 1964.
73rd 1957–1958
74th 1959–1960
75th 1961–1962
76th 1963–1964
77th Henry Dorman Democratic 1965–1979 Elected in 1965 special election.
Re-elected 1966, 1970, 1974.
Defeated in 1978 primary election.
78th 1967–1968
79th 1969–1970
80th 1971–1972
81st 1973–1974
82nd 1975–1976
83rd 1977–1978
84th Joseph A. Strohl Democratic 1979–1991 Elected in 1978 election.
Re-elected 1982, 1986.
Majority Leader 1987-1990.
Defeated in 1990 election.
85th 1981–1982
86th 1983–1984
87th 1985–1986
88th 1987–1988
89th 1989–1990
90th George Petak Republican 1991–1992 Elected in 1990 election.
Re-elected 1994.
Defeated in 1996 recall election.
91st 1993–1994
92nd 1995–1996
Kimberly Plache Democratic Elected in 1996 recall election.
Re-elected 1998.
Defeated in 2002 election.
93rd 1997–1998
94th 1999–2000
95th 2001–2002
96th Cathy Stepp Republican 2003–2004 Elected in 2002 election.
Did not seek re-election.
97th 2005–2006
98th John Lehman Democratic 2007–2008 Elected in 2006 election.
Defeated in 2010 election.
99th 2009–2010
100th Van H. Wanggaard Republican 2011–2012 Elected in 2010 election.
Defeated in 2012 recall election.
John Lehman Democratic Elected in 2012 recall election.
Did not seek re-election in 2014.
Defeated in election for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.
101st 2013–2014
102nd Van H. Wanggaard Republican 2015–2016 Elected in 2014 election.
Re-elected 2018.
103rd 2017–2018
104th 2019–2020


  1. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 2011-12 edition, page 60. ISBN 978-0-9752820-1-4.
  2. ^ Berman, Ari (2018-01-24). "How the GOP Rigs Elections". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  3. ^ Craig Gilbert (2012-05-20). "Racine's 21st Senate District no stranger to recalls". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 2011-12 edition, page 60. ISBN 978-0-9752820-1-4.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 2011-12 edition, page 17. ISBN 978-0-9752820-1-4.

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