2016 Wisconsin elections

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The Wisconsin general elections, 2016 were held in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on November 8, 2016.[1] One of Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seats and all eight seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election, as well as half of the Wisconsin Senate seats and all of the Wisconsin Assembly seats. Primary elections were held on August 9, 2016.[2]

The Wisconsin Republican Party made large gains in the 2016 election. Businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won Wisconsin in an upset, becoming the first Republican to win the state since 1984.[3][4] Additionally, the state GOP had a strong showing in the State Legislature, building their largest majorities since 1957,[3][5] and Republican Senator Ron Johnson defeated Russ Feingold a second time for a second term.[3][6] This put Walker and the Wisconsin GOP in a strong position.[7]




In a rematch of the 2010 election, first term incumbent Republican Ron Johnson ran against former Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.[8] Johnson defeated Feingold in the general election in 50.2% of the vote.[9]

House of Representatives[edit]

All of Wisconsin's eight United States House of Representatives seats were up for election in 2016. Party composition remained unchanged after the general election.



State Senate[edit]

The 16 even-numbered districts out of 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate were up for election in 2016. Nine of these seats were held by Republicans and seven were held by Democrats. Prior to the election, Republicans controlled the chamber with a 19 to 14 majority, but they gained a seat in the election.

Senatorial district Incumbent This race Results
District Senator Party First
Incumbent Status Candidates[10] Winner[11]
2 Robert Cowles Republican 1987 Running Robert Cowles (Republican)
John Powers (Democratic)
Robert Cowles
4 Lena Taylor Democrat 2005 Running Lena Taylor (Democrat) Lena Taylor
6 Nikiya Harris Democrat 2013 Not Running LaTonya Johnson (Democrat) LaTonya Johnson
8 Alberta Darling Republican 1993 Running Alberta Darling (Republican) Alberta Darling
10 Sheila Harsdorf Republican 2001 Running Sheila Harsdorf (Republican)
Diane Odeen (Democrat)
Sheila Harsdorf
12 Tom Tiffany Republican 2013 Running Tom Tiffany (Republican)
Bryan Van Stippen (Democrat)
Tom Tiffany
14 Luther Olsen Republican 2004 Running Luther Olsen (Republican)
Brian Smith (Democrat)
Luther Olsen
16 Mark F. Miller Democrat 2005 Running Mark Miller (Democrat) Mark Miller
18 Rick Gudex Republican 2013 Not Running Dan Feyen (Republican)
Mark Harris (Democrat)
Dan Feyen
20 Duey Stroebel Republican 2015 Running Duey Stroebel (Republican) Duey Stroebel
22 Robert Wirch Democrat 1997 Running Robert Wirch (Democrat) Robert Wirch
24 Julie Lassa Democrat 2003 Running Patrick Testin (Republican)
Julie Lassa (Democrat)
Patrick Testin
26 Fred Risser Democrat 1962 Running Fred Risser (Democrat) Fred Risser
28 Mary Lazich Republican 1998 Not Running Dave Craig (Republican) Dave Craig
30 Dave Hansen Democrat 2001 Running Dave Hansen (Democratic)
Eric Wimberger (Republican)
Dave Hansen
32 Jennifer Shilling Democrat 2011 Running Jennifer Shilling (Democrat)
Dan Kapanke (Republican)
Chip DeNure (Independent)
Jennifer Shilling

State Assembly[edit]

All 99 seats of the Wisconsin State Assembly were up for election in November. Nine Assemblymen (6 Republicans, 3 Democrats) did not seek re-election.[10]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
Before 2016 elections 63 36 99 0
Latest voting share 64% 36%
After 2016 elections 64 35 99 0
Latest voting share 65% 35%


Milwaukee mayor[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/offices_to_be_elected_fall_2016_4_14_16_pdf_11538.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/2016/fall-primary
  3. ^ a b c Bauer, Scott (November 9, 2016). "Republicans Build Majorities in Legislature". The Charlotte Observer (from the Associated Press). Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Kueppers, Courtney (November 8, 2016). "Trump Becomes First Republican Presidential Candidate Since 1984 To Win Wisconsin". Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Marley, Patrick; Stein, Jason (November 9, 2016). "GOP Strengthens Hold on Legislature". Sheboygan Press. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (November 8, 2016). "Ron Johnson Earns Surprise GOP Win in Wisconsin Senate Race". CNN. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Litke, Eric (November 10, 2016). "5 Wisconsin Winners in Trump Tidal Wave". The Post-Crescent. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Mikkelson, Marti (July 5, 2016). "Candidates Ramp up the Rhetoric in Wisconsin Senate Race". WUWM.
  9. ^ "2016 General Election" (PDF). State of Wisconsin. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Candidate List for the August 9, 2016 Primary Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "County by County Report - State Senate" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 29, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.