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
- Clint Moses (R-Menomonie) AD-29th Previously represented by Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond)
- Calvin Callahan (R-Tomahawk) AD-35th Previously represented by Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma)
- Alex Dallman (R-Green Lake) AD-41st Previously represented by Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
- Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R-Fox Crossing) AD-55th Previously represented by Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah)
- Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield) AD-69th Previously represented by Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford)
- David Armstrong (R-Marshfield) AD-75th Previously represented by Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Barron)
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;
- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
- Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August
- Majority Leader Jim Steineke
- Asst. Maj. Leader Kevin Petersen
- Maj. Caucus Chair Tyler Vorpagel
- Maj. Caucus Vice Chair Cindi Duchow
- Maj. Caucus Secretary Jessie Rodriguez
- Maj. Caucus Sgt at Arms Samantha Kerkman
Upon being elected to his fifth term as Speaker, Speaker Vos released the following statement:
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
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:
- Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) SD-10 Previously represented by Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset)
- Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) SD-12 Previously represented by Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua)
- Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) SD-14 Previously represented by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon)
- Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) SD-28 Previously represented by Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend)
- Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay) SD-30 Previously represented by Sen. David Hansen (D-Green Bay)
Senate Republican Leadership for 2021-2022
- Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Majority Leader
- Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Senate President
- Sen. Dan Feyen, R-Fond du Lac, Assistant Majority Leader (re-elected)
- Sen. Pat Testin, R-Stevens Point, President Pro Tempore, (new)
- Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, Caucus Chair (re-elected)
- Sen. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, Caucus Vice-Chair (new)
“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:
- Co-Chair Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green)
Assembly Democratic Leadership
- Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D-Milwaukee) AD-8th Previously represented by Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee)
- Dora Drake (D-Milwaukee) AD-11th Previously represented by Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee)
- Sara Rodriguez (D-Wauwatosa) AD-14th Previously represented by Rep. Rob Hutton (D-Brookfield)
- Supreme Moore Okomunde (D-Milwaukee) AD-17th Previously represented by Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee)
- Deb Andraca (D-River Hills) AD-23rd Previously represented by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon)
- Sue Conley (D-Janesville) AD-44th Previously represented by Rep. Deb Kolste (D-Janesville)
- Samba Baldeh (D-Madison) AD-48th Previously represented by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison)
- Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton) AD-57th Previously represented by Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton)
- Francesca Hong (D-Madison) AD-76th Previously represented by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison)
- Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) AD-90th Previously represented by Rep. Stausch Gruszynski (D-Green Bay)
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;
- Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), Minority Leader
- Dianne Hesselbein (D-Waunakee), Assistant Minority Leader
- Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), Caucus Chair
- Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Caucus Vice Chair
- Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield), Caucus Secretary
- Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee), Sergeant at Arms
Senate Democratic Leadership
- Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) SD-16 Previously represented by Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona)
- Kelda Roys (D-Madison) SD-26 Previously represented by Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison)
- Brad Pfaff (D-La Crosse) SD-32 Previously represented by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse
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;
- Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason)
- Assistant Minority Leader Janis Ringhand (D-Edgerton)
- Minority Caucus Chair Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire)
- Minority Caucus Vice Chair Melissa Sargent (D-Madison)