These are the Assembly and Senate races Wisconsin bankers should be watching as we near the election finish line. District maps, bios, and links to additional information on the candidates can be found below. The page is organized by listing Assembly races first and then Senate races.
WBA will be watching these races based on the following criteria:
1) Competitiveness of the district
2) Retirement of a long-time legislator
3) Bell weather district (due to the demographics of the district)
For more information, contact WBA's Mike Semmann.
Assembly District 1
Incumbent Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) is running in the 1st Assembly District against Kim Jensen (D-Egg Harbor). Rep. Kitchens has held the 1st Assembly District since 2014 when Garey Bies (R) retired. The 1st Assembly District includes Door, Kewaunee and portions of Brown County. This assembly district is considered a pivot county – one that voted for President Obama in 2008 & 2012 and President Trump in 2016.
Rep. Joel Kitchens is a long-time resident of Sturgeon Bay, where he managed a business and worked as a farm veterinarian for over 30 years. Before his election to the state assembly in 2014, Joel was a member of the Sturgeon Bay School Board for 15 years. In the Assembly, Joel is the chair of the Assembly Committee on Environment and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education. He has been an advocate for rural schools, low taxes, worker training programs, tourism, and preserving clean water and other natural resources. You can learn more about Rep. Kitchens by clicking here.
Kim Jensen is a long-time resident of Door County where she owns several restaurants and a grocery store line. She is a member of the Egg Harbor Business Association and is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Destination Door County. Kim is running on a platform that supports quality public education, raising the minimum wage, fair-share taxing policies, redistricting reform, and affordable healthcare. You can learn more about her campaign by clicking here.
Assembly District 4
Incumbent Dave Steffen (R-Howard) is running in the 4th Assembly District against Kathy Hinkfuss (D-Green Bay). Dave Steffen was first elected to the Assembly in 2014. Before his election, the 4th district was held by Chad Weininger (R) from 2011-2015. The 4th Assembly District includes portions of Brown County, including the Village of Ashwaubenon.
Rep. Dave Steffen ran a small business, worked in the private sector and served as a Brown County Supervisor before his election to the Assembly in 2014. He is an Ashwaubenon native and has raised his family in Brown County. Rep. Steffen currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight and as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities. Dave supports increasing funding for schools and bipartisan solutions to re-open the economy while keeping Wisconsinites safe. He has been an advocate for the tourism industry, and for protecting Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents. You can learn more about Rep. Dave Steffen by clicking here.
Kathy Hinkfuss is a life-long Brown County resident, where she and her husband have raised a family and where she has had a successful career in healthcare and business. Kathy has served her community as the CEO of the YWCA of Greater Green Bay and as a commissioner for the City of Green Bay. Kathy is running for office with a commitment to protect voting rights, and provide affordable healthcare, among other things. You can learn more about Kathy Hinkfuss by clicking here.
Assembly District 13
Incumbent Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) is running in the 13th Assembly District against Sara Rodriguez (D- Brookfield). The 13th Assembly District has been held by Rep. Hutton since 2012. Prior to Rep. Hutton’s election, the seat was held by David Cullen (D-Milwaukee) from 1990- 2010. It should be noted that the district boundaries changed significantly from 2010 to 2012 under redistricting.
The 13th Assembly District includes portions of Elm Grove, West Allis, Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.
Rep. Rob Hutton is a husband, father and lifelong resident of Brookfield. Prior to his election to the assembly, he spent 25 years as an owner/executive of a trucking and warehousing firm in Milwaukee. Rep. Hutton is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on International Affairs and Commerce and the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Corrections. Rob is running for re-election on his record of responsible budgeting, reducing taxes, and eliminating government waste. He supported the historic investment in public schools in the 2019 budget, and also supports school choice programs. You can learn more about Rob Hutton by clicking here.
Sara Rodriguez is a Registered Nurse and the founder of a healthcare consulting firm. She’s also a mother of two girls, a returned peace corps volunteer, and a Girl Scout leader. If elected, Sara is committed to using her public health experience to protect our most vulnerable communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also supports adequately funding public schools and using data-based decision making to reopen Wisconsin’s economy safely. You can learn more about Sara Rodriguez by clicking here.
Assembly District 14
Incumbent Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) is running in the 14th Assembly District against Bonnie Lee (R-Wauwatosa). Rep. Vining was elected to the assembly in 2018. She replaced Dale Kooyenga who left his assembly seat to run for state senate. Rep. Vining narrowly defeated her republican opponent in 2018, winning by just 138 votes. The 14th Assembly District includes portions of Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.
Rep. Robyn Vining is the owner of a small business in Milwaukee and is also a former pastor. She has lived in Wauwatosa with her family for 10 years and is very active in her community. She is a founding board member of Exploit No More, which works to end sex trafficking, and of Help Portrait Project, which serves some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable citizens, among many other things. She is running for re-election on her commitment to improving the lives of children and families, combating crimes against women and children, and promoting good government. You can learn more about Robyn Vining by clicking here.
Bonnie Lee is the director of Outreach Ministries at Northwest Baptist Church. As outreach director, she has focused on addressing needs of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee communities – promoting literacy, job preparedness, financial education, maternal and infant health, housing, and ministering to inmates. She is also a volunteer in the Wauwatosa Public Schools, Milwaukee Schools and charter schools. Bonnie is running on a commitment to lowering property taxes, limiting government, supporting local schools, and protecting individual freedoms. You can learn more about Bonnie by clicking here.
Assembly District 23
Incumbent Jim Ott (R- Mequon) is running against Deb Andraca (D-Whitefish Bay) in the 23rd Assembly District. Rep. Ott was first elected to the assembly in 2007. In 2018, Rep. Ott narrowly won re-election, taking 51% of the vote against his democratic opponent. The 23rd Assembly District includes Mequon, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Whitefish Bay.
Rep. Jim Ott is a long-time resident of Mequon. Prior to his election to the assembly in 2006, Jim was a meteorologist, an adjunct faculty member at Marquette Law School and a lecturer at UW-Parkside. He is also a Vietnam War Veteran. Rep. Ott is the Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Co-Chair of the Committee on Law Revision. He is running for re-election on his record of improving Wisconsin’s tax code and his successful advocacy for his constituents. He is also committed to supporting law enforcement, increasing penalties for drunk driving, fighting the opioid crisis and ending human trafficking. You can learn more about Rep. Jim Ott by clicking here.
Deb Andraca is a wife, mom, community advocate and substitute teacher. She has previously worked for large international companies, political campaigns, trade associations and non-profit organizations. She holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University. She is an advocate for common-sense gun laws, preventing climate change, and supporting public schools and teachers. She is endorsed by WEAC, Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Swing Left. You can learn more about Deb by clicking here.
Assembly District 30
Incumbent Shannon Zimmerman (R- River Falls) is running in the 30th Assembly District against Sarah Yacoub (D-Hudson). Rep. Zimmerman was first elected in 2016, taking 56% of the vote. The 30th Assembly District was previously held by Dean Knudson (R) from 2011-2016. The 30th Assembly District includes Hudson, River Falls, Kinnickinnic and New Richmond.
Rep. Shannon Zimmerman is the founder and CEO of Sajan, Inc., a global language translation and localization service. He has extensive experience in information technology and business management. He also helps run another small family business in western Wisconsin. In the assembly, Rep. Zimmerman uses his financial expertise as he serves on the Joint Committee on Finance, the state’s budget writing committee. Shannon is running for re-election on his commitment to reducing taxes, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and promoting quality education. You can learn more about Shannon by clicking here.
Sarah Yacoub is an attorney, mother and wife who lives with her husband and kids in Hudson, WI. Sarah previously worked as a California District Attorney. Sarah is running for office to create a safe and healthy community. She is committed to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the problems of mental illness and opioid addiction. She believes in access to affordable healthcare for everyone, creating fair election maps and protecting clean water. Sarah is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Swing Left and WEAC. You can learn more about Sarah by clicking here.
Assembly District 51
Incumbent Todd Novak (R- Dodgeville) is running in the 51st Assembly District against Kriss Marion (D-Blanchardville). Todd Novak was first elected to the assembly in 2014. Prior to his election, the 51st Assembly District was held by current WI State Senator Howard Marklein (R). In each year since his election in 2014, Todd Novak has very narrowly won re-election, and this election cycle is likely to be a close race as well. In 2018, Kriss Marion lost her WI State Senate election bid against Howard Marklein.
The 51st Assembly District includes Dodgeville, Mineral Point and Darlington, and portions of Iowa, Lafayette and Green counties.
Rep. Todd Novak is a lifelong resident of Iowa County and has served as the Mayor of Dodgeville since 2012. He is also an adoptive father of two boys and a licensed foster parent. In the Assembly, he is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. Todd is an advocate for clean water and is the Chair of the Speaker’s Taskforce on Water Quality. He is running for re-election on his commitment to supporting rural communities and schools, fighting for affordable, quality healthcare, and protecting our natural resources. You can learn more about Todd Novak by clicking here.
Kriss Marion is a long-time resident of Blanchardville. She is a small farmer, owner of a bed & breakfast, a Lafayette County Supervisor and a Southwestern WI Regional Planning Commission member. She founded the Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association, to protect local resources, and also started the area farmer’s market. She is running for office to promote small towns and small businesses. She is also committed to protecting natural resources, supporting family farms, Medicaid expansion and full funding for schools. You can learn more about Kriss Marion by clicking here.
Assembly District 70
Incumbent Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) is running in the 70th Assembly District against John Iver Baldus (D-Hull). Nancy was first elected to the assembly in 2014, defeating then incumbent Amy Vruwink (D). In 2012, Amy Vruwink narrowly defeated Nancy VanderMeer. The 70th Assembly District is considered a pivot county – one that voted for President Obama in 2008 & 2012 and President Trump in 2016.
The 70th Assembly District includes Steven’s Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Tomah, and portions of Portage and Wood counties.
Rep. Nancy VanderMeer is a life-long central Wisconsin resident, a dairy farmer and small business owner. Nancy is currently the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Rural Development and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor & Integrated Employment. She also served on the Speaker’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention. Nancy is running for re-election on her commitment to increasing access to healthcare, expanding broadband internet access, increasing funding for local roads and schools, and keeping taxes low. You can learn more about Nancy VanderMeer by clicking here.
John Iver Baldus is a husband and father from Hull, WI. He currently works for McCain Foods and has previous experience in industry, the state legislature, the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence, and on biodiversity energy projects. He supports drawing fair redistricting maps, keeping people healthy in the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding Medicaid and providing funding for road construction. You can learn more about John Baldus by clicking here.
Assembly District 73
Incumbent Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) is running in the 73rd Assembly District against Keith Kern (R-Superior). Rep. Nick Milroy was first elected to the assembly in 2008. Prior to his election, the district was held by democrat Frank Boyle from 1986 -2008, when he retired. In the last several election cycles Nick Milroy has run unopposed.
The 73rd Assembly District includes portions of Douglas and Washburn counties.
Rep. Nick Milroy was born and raised in Superior and is a US Navy Veteran and a scientist. He is also a former fishery biologist and UW-Eau Claire biology professor. In the assembly, he serves on the committees on Sporting Heritage, Forestry, Parks & Recreation, Veterans & Military Affairs, and Rural Development. He is an advocate for quality education, affordable healthcare, and job creation. In his community, he is a youth sports coach and is passionate about hunting and fishing. You can learn more about Rep. Nick Milroy by clicking here.
Keith Kern is a small business owner and a member of the Superior City Council. He is a Superior native. Keith has held leadership positions with the Tavern League, the Lake Superior Ice Racing Association and the Lake Superior Ice Festival. Keith is running for office to create jobs and increase economic opportunity in northern Wisconsin. He also supports access to high-quality, affordable healthcare and funding for rural schools and roads. You can learn more about Keith Kern by clicking here.
Assembly District 74
Incumbent Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield) is running in the 74th Assembly District against James Bolen (R-Cable). Rep. Meyers was first elected to the assembly in 2014. Prior to her election, the 74th Assembly District was held by Janet Bewley (D). The 74th Assembly District is considered a pivot county – one that voted for President Obama in 2008 & 2012 and President Trump in 2016. The district includes Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Price counties.
Rep. Beth Meyers is a lifelong resident of the 74th Assembly District. She is a former executive director of CORE Community Resources - a community-based non-profit that serves seniors in northern Wisconsin. In the assembly, Rep. Meyers is a member of the Committees on Energy & Utilities, Aging & Long-Term Care, Transportation and Financial Institutions. She is also the Minority Party Caucus Secretary. Rep. Meyers fights for local control, job creation, long-term funding for road projects, protecting seniors and natural resources. You can learn more about Rep. Beth Meyers by clicking here.
James Bolen is the general manager of the Lake Owen resort in northern Wisconsin. He lives with his family in Cable. He has also spent 12 years as the director of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce and was a key organizer in bringing several important cross-country ski events to the area. He is running for office to fight for economic stability and support small businesses during these unprecedented times. He will advocate for funding for a short-line railroad in northern WI and for funding of the HWY 2 expansion. He has also promised to support job creation efforts, access to quality, affordable healthcare and for the promotion of area tourism. You can learn more about James Bolen by clicking here.
Assembly District 94
Incumbent Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) is running for re-election in the 94th Assembly District against Kevin Hoyer (R-West Salem) and Leroy Brown II (I-West Salem). Rep. Steve Doyle was first elected to the assembly in a special election in 2011, replacing former Rep. Mike Huebsch (R). Rep. Doyle has been re-elected in every year since. The 94th Assembly District includes the cities of Onalaska, West Salem, Holmen and portions of La Crosse.
Rep. Steve Doyle is a lifelong resident of the 94th Assembly District. He is an attorney and was formerly a small business owner and instructor at UW-La Crosse. In the assembly, Rep. Doyle serves on the Assembly Committees on Family Law, Financial Institutions, and Insurance. He is the Minority Caucus Vice-Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Speaker’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention. Rep. Doyle is running for re-election on his record of bipartisanship, protecting seniors and supporting public schools. You can learn more about Rep. Steve Doyle by clicking here.
Kevin Hoyer is a farmer and lifelong resident of La Crosse County. Kevin is serving his second term as a La Crosse County Supervisor and is a Town of Hamilton Supervisor. Kevin is a leader in the farming industry, serving two terms as the Wisconsin Soybean Association President and on the Farm Service Agency Board. He is committed to keeping taxes low, providing adequate funding for physical and digital infrastructure, conservation, protecting the second amendment and protecting life. You can learn more about Kevin Hoyer by clicking here.
Leroy Brown is running as an independent in the 94th Assembly District. He is running to provide people with a better life, transparency in government, to maintain wellness in society, and to prepare government to respond to challenges. You can learn more about Leroy Brown by clicking here.
Assembly District 98
Incumbent Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) is running unopposed in the 98th Assembly District. Rep. Neylon was first elected in a 2013 special election, winning a five-way primary, and has run unopposed in every general election since. In this election cycle, Adam Neylon defeated Rob Ochoa in a primary election and is the only candidate on the ballot for the district. The 98th Assembly District was previously held by republican Paul Farrow.
The 98th Assembly District includes parts of Pewaukee, Waukesha, Sussex and Lisbon.
Rep. Adam Neylon is the owner and president of The Neylon Group, a commercial facilities maintenance company. Before his election to the assembly, Adam worked as a legislative aide in the assembly and for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. He has also been a grassroots organizer for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In the assembly, Rep. Neylon serves as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules. The rules committee provides accountability and oversight for administrative agencies like the departments of health services and education. Adam lives with his wife and three kids in Pewaukee. He has voted for a simpler tax code, for protection of the second amendment, and to support public school funding and school choice programs. He is pro-life. You can learn more about Rep. Adam Neylon by clicking here.
Senate District 8
Incumbent Senator Alberta Darling (R- River Hills) is running in the 8th Senate District against Neal Plotkin (D- Glendale). Senator Darling has held the 8th Senate District since 1993.
Senator Alberta Darling is the senate co-chair of the state’s budget writing committee, the Joint Committee on Finance, and is the Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee. Because of her tenure in government and position as co-chair, Sen. Darling has been called “arguably the most powerful woman in state government” by Milwaukee Magazine. Alberta is a former teacher, and she has used her experiences to help shape education reforms. She was a leader in creating independent charter schools and turnaround models for struggling schools. She supports responsible budgeting, lower taxes, and record-level funding for K-12 education. You can learn more about Senator Alberta Darling by clicking here.
Neal Plotkin has operated a successful small business and worked for the business community for the last 40 years. He and his wife Nancy are long-time residents of Glendale. Neal has served his community by substitute teaching at Nicolet High School in Glendale and volunteering at local synagogues. If elected, Neal has promised support for redistricting reform, investments in public schools, protection of natural resources, and support for economic development. You can learn more about Neal by clicking here.
Senate District 10
Incumbent Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) is running in the 10th Senate District against Rob Stafsholt (R- New Richmond). Prior to Sen. Schachtner’s election, the 10th Senate District seat was held by Shelia Harsdorf (R) from 2000-2018.
Senator Patty Schachtner was elected in a special election in January 2018. In her first term she has served on committees for education, workforce development and tourism, and universities and colleges. Patty is a lifelong western Wisconsin resident and is currently the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. She is also on the board for her community food pantry and for Turning Point Wisconsin, a center for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Senator Schachtner is an advocate for rural schools and rural communities. She has also supported expanding BadgerCare and covered services for rural patients. You can learn more about Senator Schachtner by clicking here.
Representative Rob Stafsholt has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2016. He is a lifelong resident of St. Croix County. He is also a fourth-generation farmer and a small business owner. As a small business owner, Rob is committed to creating family-supporting jobs, expanding economic opportunities and creating a pro-business environment. Rep. Stafsholt is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions. He is an avid outdoorsman and is active in a number of community organizations. You can learn more about Rep. Rob Stafsholt by clicking here.
Senate District 12
Rep. Mary Czaja-Felzkowski (R-Tomahawk) is running in the 12th Senate District against Ed Vocke (D -Minocqua). The 12th Senate District is currently vacant. The seat was held by Tom Tiffany (R) from 2013-2020. Tiffany resigned his post when he was elected to Congress to replace Sean Duffy.
Rep. Mary Felzkowski, formerly Mary Czaja, was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. Notably, Rep. Felzkowski serves as the Assembly Assistant Majority Leader and was previously a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, the state budget writing committee. Rep. Felzkowski is a strong advocate for rural schools and communities, for clean water and Wisconsin’s proud sporting heritage. She is a life-long resident of Lincoln County, and the owner of an insurance group in Tomahawk. You can learn more about Rep. Felzkowski by clicking here.
Ed Vocke is a lifelong resident of northern Wisconsin and an advocate for family farmers. Ed helps sustain his own family forest in northern Wisconsin. If elected, he is committed to redistricting reform, clean water and local control. He is supported by the Wisconsin Educator Association Council and the Sierra Club. You can learn more about Ed Vocke by clicking here.
Senate District 16
Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is running in the 16th Senate District against Scott Barker (R-Sun Prairie). The 16th Senate District was previously been held by Mark Miller (D-Monona).
Rep. Melissa Sargent was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. Before her election to the assembly she owned a small business and worked in the private sector. She was also a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Rep. Sargent is the ranking member of the Joint Committee on Audit, a committee that helps create and sustain accountability in government programs. She is an advocate for responsible gun ownership, for full funding for public schools, and affordable post-secondary education opportunities. Melissa supports ending the prohibition on marijuana, creating a livable minimum wage and an inclusive and equitable society. You can learn more about Rep. Sargent by clicking here.
Scott Barker is a full-time firefighter with Sun Prairie Fire Rescue. He is running in the 16th district as a moderate Republican. Scott supports funding for local first responders and law enforcement agencies, financial investments in infrastructure, gradually increasing the minimum wage, and funding for both public schools and school-choice programs. He also supports legalizing cannabis and protecting the second amendment. You can learn more about Scott Barker by clicking here.
Senate District 26
Kelda Roys (D-Madison) is running unopposed in the 26th Senate District. Kelda Roys was the winner of a 7-way primary to replace outgoing Senator Fred Risser. She took 40% of the vote in the primary election held on August 10, 2020. Retiring Senator Risser (D) is the longest serving lawmaker in the nation’s history, having represented the Madison area since 1956.
Kelda Roys is a Madison native and the CEO of OpenHomes, a real estate brokerage firm. She is also an attorney, and a former state representative, serving in the assembly from 2009-2013. Kelda supports universal access to affordable healthcare, ending police brutality, sufficient funding for public schools, and affordable housing for all, among other things. You can learn more about Kelda Roys by clicking here.