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Wisconsin State Senate

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Wisconsin Senate
Wisconsin State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 7, 2019
Roger Roth (R)
since January 3, 2017
President pro tempore
Howard Marklein (R)
since January 3, 2017
Majority Leader
Scott L. Fitzgerald (R)
since January 8, 2013
Minority Leader
Jennifer Shilling (D)
since January 5, 2015
Wisconsin State Senate 104th.svg
Political groups


Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary$50,950/year + $153 per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018
(17 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020 (16 seats)
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
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.

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 benefits

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]

2016 general election

Podium in the Senate
Podium in the Senate

Following the 2016 elections, the Wisconsin State Senate maintained a Republican majority in January 2017 for several reasons. Democrat Julie Lassa lost her re-election to Patrick Testin. Following the retirement and death of Republican Senator Rick Gudex, Republican Dan Feyen defeated Democrat Mark Harris. The Senate currently has 19 Republicans and 14 Democrats.

Current session


19 14
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Begin 100th Legislature (2011) 19 14 33 0
End 100th (2012) 16 17
Begin 101st (2013) 18 15 33 0
End 101st (2014) 17 32 1
Begin 102nd (2015) 18 14 32 1
End 102nd (2016) 18 32 1
Begin 103rd (2017) 20 13 33 0
End 103rd (2018) 18 15 33 0
Begin 104th (2019) 19 14 33 0
Latest voting share 57.58% 42.42%

Senate officers

Position Name
President of the Senate Roger Roth
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Howard Marklein
Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald
Assistant Majority Leader Dan Feyen
Majority Caucus Chair Van Wanggaard
Majority Caucus Vice Chair Patrick Testin
Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling
Assistant Minority Leader Janet Bewley
Minority Caucus Chair Mark Miller
Minority Caucus Vice Chair Janis Ringhand
Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk


Senator District Party Residence Current age First elected Next election
Andre Jacque 01 Rep Bellevue 39 2018 2022
Robert Cowles 02 Rep Green Bay 69 1987 2020
Tim Carpenter 03 Dem Milwaukee 59 2002 2022
Lena Taylor 04 Dem Milwaukee 53 2004 2020
Dale Kooyenga 05 Rep Brookfield 40 2018 2022
La Tonya Johnson 06 Dem Milwaukee 47 2016 2020
Chris Larson 07 Dem Milwaukee 39 2010 2022
Alberta Darling 08 Rep River Hills 75 1992 2020
Devin LeMahieu 09 Rep Sheboygan 47 2014 2022
Patty Schachtner 10 Dem Somerset 57 2018 2020
Stephen Nass 11 Rep Whitewater 67 2014 2022
Tom Tiffany 12 Rep Hazelhurst 61 2012 2020
Scott Fitzgerald 13 Rep Juneau 56 1994 2022
Luther Olsen 14 Rep Ripon 68 2004 2020
Janis Ringhand 15 Dem Evansville 69 2014 2022
Mark F. Miller 16 Dem Monona 76 2004 2020
Howard Marklein 17 Rep Spring Green 65 2014 2022
Dan Feyen 18 Rep Fond du Lac 51 2016 2020
Roger Roth 19 Rep Appleton 41 2014 2022
Duey Stroebel 20 Rep Saukville 60 2015 2020
Van H. Wanggaard 21 Rep Racine 67 2014 2022
Robert Wirch 22 Dem Kenosha 76 1996 2020
Kathy Bernier 23 Rep Chippewa Falls 63 2018 2022
Patrick Testin 24 Rep Stevens Point 31 2016 2020
Janet Bewley 25 Dem Ashland 68 2014 2022
Fred Risser 26 Dem Madison 92 1962 2020
Jon Erpenbach 27 Dem Middleton 58 1998 2022
David Craig 28 Rep Vernon 40 2016 2020
Jerry Petrowski 29 Rep Marathon 69 2012 2022
Dave Hansen 30 Dem Green Bay 71 2000 2020
Jeff Smith 31 Dem Eau Claire 64 2018 2022
Jennifer Shilling 32 Dem La Crosse 50 2011 2020
Chris Kapenga 33 Rep Delafield 47 2015 2022

Past notable members

Past composition of the Senate

See also


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

External links

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