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Christopher Larson

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Chris Larson (Democratic Party) is a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 7. Larson assumed office in 2011. Larson's current term ends on January 2, 2023.

Larson ran for re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate to represent District 7. Larson won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Larson was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He served as Senate Minority Leader from 2013 to 2015.

Larson is a lifelong Wisconsinite. He earned a B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and managed a sporting goods store before being elected Milwaukee County Supervisor in 2008, a position he held until his election to the senate.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Incumbent Chris Larson (D) defeated Red Arnold (R) in the general election for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on November 6, 2018.

Chris Larson (D)
66.3%
56,198 Votes

Red Arnold (R)
33.6%
28,459 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
165 Votes

Total votes: 84,822

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Incumbent Chris Larson advanced from the Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Chris Larson (D)
100%
20,783 Votes

Total votes: 20,783

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Red Arnold advanced from the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Red Arnold (R)
100%
6,215 Votes

Total votes: 6,215


2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Chris Larson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Red Arnold ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Larson defeated Arnold in the general election.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson Incumbent 59.6% 41,950
Republican Red Arnold 40.4% 28,387
Total Votes 70,337

2010

Larson defeated incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Plale in the September 14 primary. He defeated Republican Jess Ripp in the November 2 general election.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 (2010) General Election

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Larson (D) 37,165 57.11%
Jess Ripp (R) 27,772 42.68%

Primary

District 7 was heavily Democratic, and a primary win, which Larson successfully obtained, was tantamount to a November victory.

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Larson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Wisconsin Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Larson (D) 7,962 60.61%
Jeff Plale (D) (incumbent) 5,148 39.19 %

Larson's upset caused Wisconsin's political pundits to get a head start on forecasting what it might mean for the state's next legislative session to have Larson sitting the seat once held by Plale:

"And if you think what happens in South Milwaukee doesn’t mean much up in the north, consider the fact that the palace coup that left Senator Russ Decker as Senate Majority Leader was a one-vote deal, which is exactly what Senator Plale had to contribute. Look for possible repercussions come January."

Plale worked closely with Wisconsin's Democratic leader of the Senate, Russ Decker. Decker won the Senate leadership by a single vote three years ago and the loss of Plale as an ally could cost him that position when the legislature reconvenes, assuming Democrats retain majority status.

Articles

Issue Position: Creating a Fairer Wisconsin

Jan. 17

I will continue to fight for a Wisconsin that ensures people are treated equally, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Whether that means working to end Wisconsin's ban on marriage equality, speaking out against unfair voter suppression laws, or advocating for equal pay for equal work, I will strive to create a fairer Wisconsin that protects the rights and freedoms of every Wisconsinite.


Issue Position: Increasing Access to Health Care

Jan. 17

We have a moral obligation to our neighbors and community to increase access to affordable health care for everyone. To reach this goal, we need to invest in Wisconsin's health care options for children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and families. We also need to safeguard our mutual health care rights, including our constitutional right to privacy and the freedom to make decisions related to our own bodies.


Issue Position: Investing in Our Infrastructure

Jan. 17

Make smart investments in Wisconsin's roads, bridges, public transit infrastructure and community spaces that make the Milwaukee area a great place to live, work and raise a family.

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