Wisconsin State Assembly

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Wisconsin State Assembly
Wisconsin State Legislature
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Term limits
New session started
January 4, 2021
Robin Vos (R)
since January 7, 2013
Speaker pro tempore
Tyler August (R)
since October 8, 2013
Majority Leader
Jim Steineke (R)
since January 5, 2015
Minority Leader
Gordon Hintz (D)
since October 1, 2017
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Political groups
  •    Republican (60)



  •    (1)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Wisconsin Constitution
Salary$50,950/year + $153 per diem
Last election
November 3, 2020
(99 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(99 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
State Assembly Chamber
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Assembly

The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature. Together with the smaller Wisconsin Senate, the two constitute the legislative branch of the U.S. state of Wisconsin.


Representatives are elected for two-year terms, elected during the fall elections. If a vacancy occurs in an Assembly seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election.

The Wisconsin Constitution limits the size of the State Assembly to between 54 and 100 members inclusive. Since 1973, the state has been divided into 99 Assembly districts apportioned amongst the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 99 representatives. From 1848 to 1853 there were 66 assembly districts; from 1854 to 1856, 82 districts; from 1857 to 1861, 97 districts; and from 1862 to 1972, 100 districts. [1] The size of the Wisconsin State Senate is tied to the size of the Assembly; it must be between one-fourth and one-third the size of the Assembly. Presently, the Senate has 33 members, with each Senate district formed by combining three neighboring Assembly districts.

The Assembly chamber is located in the west wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, in Madison, Wisconsin.


On July 8, 2015 a case was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin arguing that Wisconsin's 2011 state assembly map was unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering favoring the Republican-controlled legislature which discriminated against Democratic voters. This case became filed with the court as Whitford v Gill. [2] The case made it to the United States Supreme Court, which vacated and remanded the case. The Supreme Court held that the plaintiff challenging the state assembly map did not have standing to sue. In the Opinion of the Court, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that "[a] federal court is not 'a forum for generalized grievances," and the requirement of such a personal stake 'ensures that courts exercise power that is judicial in nature." Gill v. Whitford, 128 S.Ct. 1916 (2018). We enforce that requirement by insisting that a plaintiff [have] Article III standing..." Justice Kagan filed a concurring opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Gorsuch joined. [3]

Salary and benefits

Desks and voting board Wisconsin State Assembly Chairs and Electronic Vote Board.jpg
Desks and voting board

Representatives elected or re-elected in the fall of 2016 receive an annual salary of $50,950. [4]

In addition to their salaries, representatives outside Dane County may receive up to $88 per day in living expenses while in Madison on state business. Members of the Dane County delegation are allowed up to $44 per day in expenses. Each representative 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 representative is allotted $12,000 to cover general office expenses, printing, postage and district mailings.

According to a 1960 study, at that time Assembly salaries and benefits were so low that in Milwaukee County, positions on the County Board of Supervisors and the Milwaukee Common Council were considered more desirable than seats in the Assembly, and an average of 23% of Milwaukee legislators did not seek re-election. This pattern was not seen to hold to the same extent in the rest of the state, where local offices tended to pay less well. [5]

Current session


(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Total
Begin of 101st legislature (2013)3959981
End 101st (2014)60990
Begin 102nd (2015)3663990
End 102nd (2016)
Begin 103rd (2017)3564990
End 103rd (2018)
Begin 104th (2019)3663990
End 104th (2020)3462963
Begin 105th (2021)3860981
Latest voting share

Assembly officers

Speaker Robin Vos Republican
Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August Republican
Majority Leader Jim Steineke Republican
Assistant Majority Leader Kevin David Petersen Republican
Majority Caucus Chair Tyler Vorpagel Republican
Minority Leader Gordon Hintz Democratic
Assistant Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein Democratic
Minority Caucus Chair Mark Spreitzer Democratic
Chief ClerkPatrick Fuller
Sergeant-at-Arms Anne Tonnon Byers


The corresponding state senate districts are shown as a senate district is formed by nesting three assembly districts.

RepresentativePartyCurrent AgeResidenceFirst Elected
01 01 Joel Kitchens Rep63 Sturgeon Bay 2014
02 Shae Sortwell Rep35 Two Rivers 2018
03 Ron Tusler Rep36 Appleton 2016
02 04 David Steffen Rep48 Howard 2014
05 Jim Steineke Rep50 Kaukauna 2010
06 Gary Tauchen Rep67 Bonduel 2006
03 07 Daniel Riemer Dem34 Milwaukee 2012
08 Sylvia Ortiz-Velez Dem Milwaukee 2020
09 Marisabel Cabrera Dem45 Milwaukee 2018
04 10 David Bowen Dem33 Milwaukee 2014
11 Dora Drake Dem Milwaukee 2020
12 LaKeshia Myers Dem36 Milwaukee 2018
05 13 Sara Rodriguez Dem Brookfield 2020
14 Robyn Vining Dem44 Wauwatosa 2018
15 Joe Sanfelippo Rep56 New Berlin 2012
06 16 Kalan Haywood Dem21 Milwaukee 2018
17 Supreme Moore Omokunde Dem41 Milwaukee 2020
18 Evan Goyke Dem38 Milwaukee 2012
07 19 Jonathan Brostoff Dem37 Milwaukee 2014
20 Christine Sinicki Dem60 Bay View 1998
21 Jessie Rodriguez Rep43 Franklin 2013
08 22 Janel Brandtjen Rep54 Waukesha 2014
23 Deb Andraca Dem Whitefish Bay 2020
24 Dan Knodl Rep62 Germantown 2008
09 25 Paul Tittl Rep59 Manitowoc 2012
26 Terry Katsma Rep62 Oostburg 2014
27 Tyler Vorpagel Rep35 Plymouth 2014
10 28 Gae Magnafici Rep68 Dresser 2018
29 Clint Moses Rep Menomonie 2020
30 Shannon Zimmerman Rep48 River Falls 2016
11 31 Amy Loudenbeck Rep51 Clinton 2010
32 Tyler August Rep37 Walworth 2010
33 Cody Horlacher Rep33 Mukwonago 2014
12 34 Rob Swearingen Rep57 Rhinelander 2012
35 Calvin Callahan Rep Wilson 2020
36 Jeffrey Mursau Rep66 Crivitz 2004
13 37 John Jagler Rep51 Watertown 2012
38 Barbara Dittrich Rep56 Oconomowoc 2018
39 Mark Born Rep44 Beaver Dam 2012
14 40 Kevin David Petersen Rep56 Waupaca 2006
41 Alex Dallman Rep Green Lake 2020
42 Jon Plumer Rep65 Lodi 2018
15 43 Don Vruwink Dem68 Milton 2016
44 Sue Conley Dem Janesville 2020
45 Mark Spreitzer Dem34 Beloit 2014
16 46 Gary Hebl Dem69 Sun Prairie 2004
47 Jimmy P. Anderson Dem34 Fitchburg 2016
48 Samba Baldeh Dem50 Madison 2020
17 49 Travis Tranel Rep35 Cuba City 2010
50 Tony Kurtz Rep54 Wonewoc 2018
51 Todd Novak Rep55 Dodgeville 2014
18 52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt Rep54 Fond du Lac 2010
53 Michael Schraa Rep59 Oshkosh 2012
54 Gordon Hintz Dem47 Oshkosh 2006
19 55 Rachael Cabral-Guevara Rep Fox Crossing 2020
56 Dave Murphy Rep66 Greenville 2012
57 Lee Snodgrass Dem Appleton 2020
20 58 Rick Gundrum Rep55 Slinger 2018
59 Timothy Ramthun Rep63 Campbellsport 2018
60 Robert Brooks Rep55 Saukville 2011
21 61 Samantha Kerkman Rep46 Powers Lake 2000
62 Robert Wittke Rep63 Racine 2018
63 Robin Vos Rep52 Rochester 2004
22 64 Tip McGuire Dem Somers 2019
65 Tod Ohnstad Dem68 Kenosha 2012
66 Greta Neubauer Dem29 Racine 2018
23 67 Rob Summerfield Rep40 Bloomer 2016
68 Jesse James Rep48 Altoona 2018
69 Donna Rozar Rep Marshfield 2020
24 70 Nancy VanderMeer Rep62 Tomah 2014
71 Katrina Shankland Dem33 Stevens Point 2012
72 Scott Krug Rep45 Wisconsin Rapids 2010
25 73 Nick Milroy Dem46 Superior 2008
74 Beth Meyers Dem61 Bayfield 2014
75 David Armstrong Rep Rice Lake 2020
26 76 Francesca Hong Dem Madison 2020
77 Shelia Stubbs Dem49 Madison 2018
78 Lisa Subeck Dem49 Madison 2014
27 79 Dianne Hesselbein Dem49 Middleton 2012
80 Sondy Pope-Roberts Dem70 Mount Horeb 2002
81 Dave Considine Dem68 Baraboo 2014
28 82 Ken Skowronski Rep82 Franklin 2013
83 Chuck Wichgers Rep55 Muskego 2016
84 Mike Kuglitsch Rep60 New Berlin 2010
29 85 Patrick Snyder Rep64 Schofield 2016
86 John Spiros Rep59 Marshfield 2012
87 James W. Edming Rep75 Glen Flora 2014
30 88 John Macco Rep62 De Pere 2014
89 --Vacant--
90 Kristina Shelton Dem40 Green Bay 2020
31 91 Jodi Emerson Dem47 Eau Claire 2018
92 Treig Pronschinske Rep53 Mondovi 2016
93 Warren Petryk Rep65 Eleva 2010
32 94 Steve Doyle Dem62 Onalaska 2011
95 Jill Billings Dem58 La Crosse 2011
96 Loren Oldenburg Rep55 Viroqua 2018
33 97 Scott Allen Rep55 Waukesha 2014
98 Adam Neylon Rep36 Pewaukee 2013
99 Cindi Duchow Rep62 Delafield 2015

Currently the list of Assembly Committees [6] is quite lengthy.


Past composition of the Assembly

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