With the exception of 28 new faces in state
government, many observers are describing the outcome of the recent
elections as, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
This is due to the fact very little has
changed nationally or at the state level in terms of overall partisan
caucus and conference composition and leadership. For example:
All of the members of Wisconsin’s Congressional
delegation were re-elected with Republicans holding 5 seats and
Democrats 3 seats
Madison Democrat Mark Pocan won the single open U.S. House
seat vacated by Madison Democrat Tammy Baldwin; and
Democrat Tammy Baldwin won the open U.S. Senate
seat vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl.
Republicans still control virtually
all of the levels of state government in Wisconsin in that:
The Governor is a Republican
The State Assembly increased its Republican
majority to 60 seats compared to the Democrats’ 39;
The State Senate Republicans won back control 17 –
15 after only a few months of Democratic control.
A special election will be held in December to
fill the one open State Senate seat in heavily Republican Waukesha
County. State Rep. Paul Farrow is favored to win that seat. Then, a
special election will need to be called to fill his Assembly seat.
Twenty eight completely new lawmakers will take their seats in
January. Twelve of the 28 new additions have never held public office
before, though some of them have other experience in Wisconsin
Parties maintain split control in
Washington, D.C. in that:
The Democrat President has been re-elected
Republicans control the U.S. House of