Wisconsin

Over the years, Wisconsin has proved to be the ultimate swing state. It is a battleground state that must be protected as a progressive stronghold because of its history as a "laboratory of reform," which has historically tested new public policies and set examples for the nation.

Wisconsin is a state with progressive urban areas and politically diverse rural areas. Progressive Majority's state-based approach to candidate recruitment and development is well-suited to adapting to unique political environments such as this.

Wisconsin Legislature
Senate
Democrats
Republicans
2006 14
19
2008 17
14
2010 14 19
Today 15 18
House
Democrats
Republicans
2006
39
59
2008
47
52
2010 38 60
Today 39 60

Progressive Majority Wisconsin believes values-centered campaigns are winning campaigns. That's how Progressive Majority succeeded in flipping control of the state senate in 2006. Kathleen Vinehout won because she thinks everyone deserves affordable health care. Jim Sullivan took a suburban Milwaukee district on the strength of his commitment to good public schools. John Lehman wants a government that cares about people instead of corporations - Racine agrees. Pat Kreitlow knows that people want and deserve a healthy environment. And Kim Hixson squeaked out a win, by focusing on the hopes of local voters. We will continue nurturing local candidates to build a deeply-rooted progressive coalition in the state. 

 

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Robert Wirch

Wisconsin
State Senate - District 22
2012
Incumbent
http://bobwirch.com/

State Senator Robert Wirch is on his 5th term in the Senate, representing District 22, which includes Kenosha and the surrounding communities. Earlier in his career, he served two terms as a state Representative. Prior to his election Bob was a factory worker and union steelworker and served on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors. Bob has been a top advocate for working families during his time in the legislature. He authored legislation to prevent companies that receive state contracts from sending Wisconsin jobs overseas and defended workers in Wisconsin from Scott Walker's attacks. He defeated a Repbulican led recall in 2011 and was successful in his reelection bid in 2012.

 

Dave Hansen

Wisconsin
State Senate - District 30
2012
Incumbent
http://hansenforsenate.com/

State Senator Dave Hansen has served three terms in the legislature, representing District 30, which includes Green Bay and surrounding communities. Prior to his election, Dave worked for Green Bay's Department of Public Works as a truck driver and was a Teamsters union steward. He also served on the Brown County Board from 1996-2002. Dave authored the pay equity legislation that requires businesses to pay women the same as men for the same work and led the fight to protect our natural resources by voting to reduce mercury pollution, preserve our wetlands, and prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes to other states.

 

Jessica King

Wisconsin
State Senate - District 18
2012
Incumbent
http://www.jessicakingforsenate.com/home

Jessica King was born and raised in Fond du Lac County. She put herself through college with hard work and scholarships, earning academic and leadership honors. Jessica opened her own small business and in 2006 she was elected to the Oshkosh City Council. In 2011, she defeated Randy Hopper in a recall election, and held on to her seat in 2012.

Marina Dimitrijevic

Wisconsin
Milwaukee County Supervisor - District 4
2012
Incumbent
http://www.reelectmarina.com

Marina Dimitrijevic was first elected Milwaukee County Board 4th District Supervisor in 2004 and has the distinction of being the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Milwaukee County Board, at the age of 22. Marina has always fought for her community and progressive values. She fights to help working families, protect the environment and to make sure the people of Milwaukee County are heard. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Marina has deep ties to her community graduating from Milwaukee Public Schools and is actively involved in over 30 civic organizations in her district.

Bill Brockmiller

Wisconsin
La Crosse County Board - District 11
2012
Incumbent

Bill Brockmiller is running for re-election to the La Crosse County Board in District 11. Bill was born and raised in Wisconsin and has lived in the La Crosse area for almost 20 years now. A member of AFSCME, Bill is a strong believer in workers’ rights and fights to protect working families in La Crosse County.

James Dunning

Wisconsin
Eau Claire County Board
2012
Incumbent

James Dunning is running for reelection as an Eau Clarie County Supervisor. James has been a progressive voice in Eau Claire County for many years. He is a strong advocate for the environment and has worked as an Environmental Specialist with the Ho-Chunk Nation and taught Environmental Health Planning at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. He has continued his work for the environment on the board by supporting the establishment of a Regional Transit Authority for the Chippewa Valley and the high speed rail program through west central Wisconsin. His leadership on these issues and in his community help make James a true progressive leader.

Carl Bryan

Wisconsin
Kenosha School Board
2012
Incumbent

Supporting young progressive leaders is one of the reasons Progressive Majority was formed and Carl Bryan is a great example of a young progressive leader. Carl was elected to the Kenosha Unified School District Board in 2009 at the age of 19 earning first place out of a six-way race. As a graduate of Kenosha Public Schools, Carl has a unique perspective as a recent student. He’s know a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, a leader in his community and an example to other dedicated young people who want to make a difference in their community. We’re proud to support Carl for reelection to the Kenosha Unified School District Board.

Jennifer Shilling

Wisconsin
State Senate - District 32
2012
Incumbent
http://www.jennifershilling.com/

Senator Jennifer Shilling has deep ties to her community. She was elected as a La Crosse County Supervisor in 1990 and to the State Assembly in 2000. Jennifer defeated incumbent Repblican Senator Dan Kapanke in a recall election and has continued to fight for Wisconsin's working families in the Senate. 

Jim Holperin

Wisconsin
State Senate District 12
2011
Challenger

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Dave Hansen

Wisconsin
State Senate District 30
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Brett Hulsey

Wisconsin
State Assembly - District 77
2010
Open Seat
Dane County
http://www.brett4us.org/

Brett Hulsey is a dynamic progressive, a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, and a candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly. Brett is running for a strong public education system, environmental conservation, human and civil rights, health care for all, and the promotion of labor. Brett recently won a tough, five-way primary and now he faces a three-way general against a Green Party candidate and a Ron Paul-style Republican.

Sandy Pasch

Wisconsin
State Assembly - District 22
2010
Incumbent
Milwaukee County

Sandy Pasch is running for re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly in District 22. The 22nd is a seat that Democrats must protect. Sandy Pasch entered the race early and has been campaigning aggressively. Sandy is a registered nurse and 23-year resident of the 22nd district. She is married and has raised three grown children. As a second job, Sandy teaches ethics, mental health, and community nursing at Columbia School of Nursing. She also serves on numerous community boards and works with the Milwaukee Police Department conducting training on how to effectively deal with people living with mental illness.

Nick Milroy

Wisconsin
State Assembly - District 73
2010
Incumbent
Superior County

Nick Milroy is running for re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly. Nick is a 36 year-old fisheries biologist who was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal and a Letter of Commendation for his service in the Navy. Nick serves as an international representative to the Lake Superior Binational Forum, a partnership of government, industry, universities, native organizations, and environmental groups from both Canada and the U.S. dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Lake Superior Basin.

Mark Radcliffe

Wisconsin
State Assembly - District 92
2010
Incumbent
Monroe and Jackson Counties

Mark Radcliffe is seeking re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly in district 92. Mark is a life-long resident of Black River Falls and was a first-time candidate in 2008. Mark is a lawyer in private practice and has worked to provide free legal service for local organizations, such as the shelter for battered women and the Boys and Girls Club. One of Mark's core issues is equal pay for equal work.