Wisconsin State Senate

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Wisconsin State Senate

The Wisconsin State Senate, based off of the U.S. Senate, is the upper house of the Wisconsin State Legislature, smaller than the Wisconsin State Assembly. Together, they comprise the legislative branch of the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is divided into 33 Senate Districts apportioned amongst the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 33 Senators. Similar to the U.S. Senate, in addition to its duty of passing all legislation passed through the legislature, the State Senate has the exclusive responsibility of confirming certain Governor's 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 half 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 located in the south wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Salary and benefits

Senators elected or re-elected in the fall of 2002 will draw $45,569 a year in salary.

In addition to their salaries, Senators outside Dane County may receive up to $88 a day each in living expenses while they are in Dane County on state business. Members of the Madison delegation are allowed up to $44 each in expenses.

Each senator also receives $75 a 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.

Senate officers

During the 2005-2007 Legislative Session

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Members

SenatorDistrictParty First electedSeat Up
Alan Lasee 01 Republican 1977 2006
Robert Cowles 02 Republican 1987 2008
Tim Carpenter 03 Democrat 2002 2006
Lena Taylor 04 Democrat 2004 2008
Tom Reynolds 05 Republican 2002 2006
Spencer Coggs 06 Democrat 2003 2008
Jeffrey Plale 07 Democrat 2003 2006
Alberta Darling 08 Republican 1992 2008
Joe Leibham 09 Republican 2002 2006
Sheila Harsdorf 10 Republican 2000 2008
Neal Kedzie 11 Republican 2002 2006
Roger Breske 12 Democrat 1990 2008
Scott Fitzgerald 13 Republican 1994 2006
Luther S. Olsen 14 Republican 2004 2008
Judith Robson 15 Democrat 1998 2006
Mark Miller 16 Democrat 2004 2008
Dale Schultz 17 Republican 1991 2006
Carol Roessler 18 Republican 1987 2008
Michael Ellis 19 Republican 1982 2006
Glenn Grothman 20 Republican 2004 2008
Cathy Stepp 21 Republican 2002 2006
Robert Wirch 22 Democrat 1996 2008
David Zien 23 Republican 1993 2006
Julie Lassa 24 Democrat 2003 2008
Robert Jauch 25 Democrat 1986 2006
Fred Risser 26 Democrat 1962 2008
Jon Erpenbach 27 Democrat 1998 2006
Mary Lazich 28 Republican 1998 2008
Russell Decker 29 Democrat 1990 2006
Dave Hansen 30 Democrat 2000 2008
Ronald Brown 31 Republican 2002 2006
Dan Kapanke 32 Republican 2004 2008
Theodore Kanavas 33 Republican 2001 2006

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