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Legislative Leadership Elected

In this update

  • Makeup of the 2021-2022 Legislature
  • Assembly Republican Leadership
  • Senate Republicans Leadership (previously announced)
  • Assembly Democratic Leadership
  • Senate Democratic Leadership

Make up of the 2021-2022 Legislature

As we previously noted, we are welcoming 24 new lawmakers to the state capitol for the 2021-2023 Legislative Session. Since 2010, that is slightly below the average of 27 new lawmakers per election cycle.


With the pretty high average of turnover, we thought it would be useful to see what the average tenure of lawmakers were by house and party.


62 of the 99 members of the Wisconsin State Assembly were elected in 2014 or since 2014. 59% of Assembly Republicans and 68% of Assembly Democrats have been elected since 2014. Almost half of Assembly Democrats (47%) were elected in the last two election cycles.

70% of the State Senate has been elected since 2014. Over 3/4 of the Senate Republican Caucus (76%) have been elected since 2014 and just over half (7 of 12) of the Senate Democrats have been elected since 2014.

Assembly Republicans Elect Leaders

Vos re-elected Speaker

Assembly Republicans

Assembly Republicans will begin the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, the 6th session in a row, with a 60+ seat majority. This session they will have a 61-38 seat majority, down 2 Republican seats from the previous session.
On Tuesday November 1oth, Assembly Republicans welcomed 6 new members to their caucus and elected their leadership for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session.
Those new members are:

Assembly Republican Leadership for 2021-2022

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) were re-elected to their posts.


New to the leadership team are Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca), Caucus Chair Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) and Assistant Caucus Chair Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield).


Assembly Republican leaders for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session are;


Upon being elected to his fifth term as Speaker, Speaker Vos released the following statement:


“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen again to serve as the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly. I want to thank my colleagues for their vote of confidence today. With a strong 61- seat majority, I look forward to advancing our conservative priorities and protecting the Republican gains that we have made over the past decade.”


Also noted in Speaker Vos’s statement is a Wisconsin milestone, as of early January, Speaker Vos, the 75th Assembly Speaker in Wisconsin history, will also be the longest serving speaker in Wisconsin history.


Senate Republican Leadership


LeMahieu elected Majority Leader


Senate Republicans


Assembly Republicans will begin the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, the 6th session in a row in the majority, and with a 21-12 their largest majority in recent political history.


Last Thursday at their post-election caucus, Senate Republicans welcomed five new members to their caucus.


Those new members are:

Senate Republican Leadership for 2021-2022

In a competitive election for caucus leadership, Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) was elected Republican Majority Leader over incumbent Senate President Roger Roth (R-Kaukauna). Sen. Scott Fitzgerald is the incumbent Majority Leader and he did not seek re-election to the post since he will be resigning from the State Senate in January after being elected to represent Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District.
All members of the Senate Republican leadership team are new with the exception of Senators Feyen, Testin (new role) and Wanggaard.
Senate Republican leaders for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session are;

State Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) released the following statement on his selection by his caucus to be Majority Leader for the 2021-2022 session.


“I am humbled and honored by the support of my colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus and look forward to leading them.

“We have a difficult road ahead. Over the next couple of weeks I will be sitting-down with all of the members of the caucus to discuss committee assignments and their priorities for the upcoming legislative session. We need a strong and unified team in order to accomplish what is best for Wisconsin.

“Thanks to Congressman-Elect Scott Fitzgerald for his years of service as Senate Majority Leader. I have learned a great deal watching him lead our caucus over the last 6 years. Under his leadership, Senate Republicans were just elected to their largest majority in 50 years.”

LeMahieu Appoints Marklein Co-Chair of JFC

Today, Senate Majority Leader LeMahieu made his first Committee Chairmanship appointment in announcing Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) as co-chair of the Joint Committee of Finance. Marklein succeeds Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) as chair of the committee.

In a statement LeMahieu said the following;


“I am excited to appoint Sen. Marklein as co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee.

“Throughout his six years on the Joint Finance Committee, Sen. Marklein has been a strong advocate for rural road funding, tax reform and broadband expansion. During the last budget process, he led Senate Republican efforts to further cut income taxes.

“The 2021-23 state budget is expected to be especially challenging. As a CPA, Sen. Marklein’s unique skill set will be invaluable to our efforts to pass a budget that protects taxpayers while still investing in healthcare and other core priorities.

“Finally, thanks to Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) for her service as co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee. Under her leadership, Wisconsin has had ten years of balanced budgets, lower taxes, and now has the largest rainy day fund in state history.”

Marklein has served on the Joint Finance Committee since 2014.


Current Senate Republican Finance Membership:


  • Co-Chair Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills)
  • Vice Chair Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), did not seek re-election
  • Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green)
  • Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg)
  • Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), elected Majority Leader
  • Vacant (was Sen. Tiffany’s seat)


2021-2022 Senate Republican Finance Membership:


  1. Co-Chair Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green)

Assembly Democratic Leadership

Assembly Democrats

Assembly Democrats have gained 3 seats over the last two election cycles, but still trail Republicans 38-61 in the Assembly and have not been in the majority since the 2009-2010 Legislative Session.
On Tuesday, Assembly Democrats welcomed 10 new members to their caucus;
Those new members are:

Assembly Democratic Leadership for 2021-2022

Assembly Democrats returned the majority of their leadership team from the 2019-2020 Legislative Session for the 2021-2022 session. New to the leadership team this session are Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) as Caucus Vice Chair, replacing Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) and Rep. Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee) replacing Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) as Sergeant at Arms.


Assembly Democratic leaders for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session are;

Senate Democratic Leadership

Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats are entering the 2021-2022 Legislative Session with their slimmest membership in several decades after losing two Democratic-held seats in the 2020 Elections.
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats welcomed 3 new members to their caucus who are replacing retiring or resigned members of their caucus;
Those new members are:

Senate Democratic Leadership for 2021-2022

Senate Democrats returned the heads of their leadership team from the 2019-2020 Legislative Session for the 2021-2022 session in re-electing Senators Janet Bewley as Minority Leader and Janis Ringhand as Assistant Minority Leader. New to the leadership team this session, replacing retiring members are Senators Jeff Smith and Melissa Sargent as Caucus Chair and Assistant Caucus Chair respectively.


Senate Democratic leaders for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session are;

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