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Wisconsin, State Senate, District 7

Wisconsin State Senate District 7
Current incumbentChris Larson Democratic Party

Wisconsin's seventh state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Chris Larson.

Wisconsin state senators represent an average of 172,333 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 162,536 residents.

About the office

Members of the Wisconsin State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the senate is up for election every two years. Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.

Qualifications

Section 6 of Article 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not have resided one year within the state, and be a qualified elector in the district which he may be chosen to represent."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$52,999/yearThe Wisconsin State Senate allows up to $115/day for per diem. For Senators living in Dane County, they receive a per diem of $57.50 per day. The Wisconsin State Assembly allows a maximum of $157/day per diem for legislators that stay overnight. For legislators that do not commute, they are given $78.50/day for per diem. The maximum number of days per year that per diem can be claimed is 90 days.

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election when allowed by law. Special elections to fill legislative vacancies cannot be held after February 1st preceding a spring election or September 1st preceding a fall election. If the vacancy happens before May 15th, the Governor must fill the vacancy as soon as possible.

Elections

2020

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Senate will take place in 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary is scheduled for August 11, 2020. The filing deadline is June 1, 2020.

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.

Candidate
%
Votes

Chris Larson (D)
66.3
56,198

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

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.

Candidate
%
Votes

Chris Larson (D)
100
20,783

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.

Candidate
%
Votes

Red Arnold (R)
100
6,215

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

Elections for the office of Wisconsin State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Democrat Chris Larson defeated Republican Jess Ripp in the general election. Larson defeated incumbent Jeffrey Plale in the Democratic primary election. Ripp was unopposed in the primary election.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson 57.2% 37,165
Republican Jess Ripp 42.8% 27,772
Total Votes 64,937

Wisconsin State Senate District 7 Democratic Primary, 2010

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson 60.7% 7,962
Jeffrey Plale Incumbent 39.3% 5,148
Total Votes 13,110

Campaign contributions

From 2002 to 2014, candidates for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 raised a total of $871,039. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $62,217 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Year Amount Candidates Average
2014 $153,280 2 $76,640
2012 $99,027 1 $99,027
2010 $297,356 3 $99,119
2008 $42,468 1 $42,468
2006 $271,320 4 $67,830
2002 $6,663 2 $3,332
2000 $925 1 $925
Total $871,039 14 $62,217