With lawmakers retiring, resigning or losing reelection, the Assembly will see 16 new members while eight new members will serve in the Senate in the coming session.
Vacancies also emerged after the November election in the 89th AD, with John Nygren stepping down to the lead Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, and in the 13th SD, with Scott Fitzgerald resigning to serve in Congress. That means numbers will rise to 17 and nine, respectively. Primaries are set for Feb. 16 and the special election is April 6 to fill those vacancies.
At least 15 of those elected this cycle have already held elected office. And 14 women are among the ranks of those newly elected to the Legislature or moving from the Assembly to the Senate.
Of the 16 new Assembly members, 10 are Democrats, including the two who defeated incumbent Republicans.
And in the Senate, three new Dems join the ranks, all of whom have held elected office before. And Republicans will welcome five new senators to the chamber; three of them have previous elected experience, including Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, who defeated Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset.
AD 8: Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is a licensed real estate broker who has served on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors since 2018.
AD 11: Dora Drake works as a member service coordinator at the Center for Self Sufficiency, described as a family-strengthening nonprofit, providing re-entry services for people out of prison or impacted by the justice system.
AD 13: Sara Rodriguez is a nurse and public health care consultant. She also has worked as an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She defeated current state Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, by less than 2 percentage points.
AD 17: Supreme Moore Omokunde is the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee. He has sat on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors since 2015. In 2018 he ran for AD 16 but lost in the Dem primary to now state Rep. Kalan Haywood, of Milwaukee, by some 250 votes.
AD 23: Deb Andraca has worked as a volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and as an environmental lobbyist with the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest. Andraca unseated incumbent Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, by 3.25 points.
AD 44: Sue Conley is a retiree who has worked as a nonprofit community leader and volunteer for more than 30 years. She’s currently the Janesville City Council president and has held the office for two terms.
AD 48: Samba Baldeh is in his third term on the Madison City Council. In his second term, he served as council president. He’s also an IT project manager at American Family Insurance. Baldeh immigrated to the United States 20 years ago from The Gambia in western Africa.
AD 57: Lee Snodgrass is a Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes communications director and serves as second vice chair for the state Dem Party. Snodgrass in 2018 ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Roger Roth, R-Appleton.
AD 76: Francesca Hong is a Madison chef and Morris Ramen restaurant co-owner.
AD 90: Kristina Shelton serves as program director for the YWCA Greater Green Bay. She’s a graduate of Emerge Wisconsin, which trains Dem women to run for public office, and has served on the Green Bay Area Public School Board since 2018. In her primary for the Dem nomination, she defeated incumbent Rep. Staush Gruszynski, who came under fire after reports surfaced that he sexually harassed a staffer.
AD 41: Alex Dallman formerly chaired the Green Lake County GOP and in 2016 served as deputy campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah. He also served as Grothman’s outreach representative from 2017 until April.
AD 55: Rachael Cabral-Guevara is a nurse practitioner member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association. She was also a nursing instructor at UW-Oshkosh from 2008 to 2015.
AD 69: Donna Rozar is a surgical RN with a career in nursing spanning more than 50 years. She also serves on the Wood County Board of Supervisors.
AD 75: David Armstrong is a businessman and serves as executive director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation. He also served two terms on the Rice Lake City Council.
SD 26: Kelda Roys is an activist and businesswoman who previously served in the Assembly from 2009 to 2013. She ran an unsuccessful primary campaign for Congress in 2012. And in 2018, she finished third in the Dem primary for governor.
SD 32: Brad Pfaff was Gov. Tony Evers’ former DATCP secretary-designee and a former staffer to U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse. Pfaff also served on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors. In 2019, the Senate voted along party lines to reject Pfaff’s leadership of DATCP.
SD 10: Rob Stafsholt is a farmer and Assembly representative in his second term. He unseated incumbent state Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, by nearly 20 percentage points.
SD 12: Mary Felzkowski is a Wisconsin businesswoman who has held AD 35 since winning the seat in 2012. Incoming Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, of Oostburg, named Felzkowski to sit on the Joint Finance Committee.
SD 14: Joan Ballweg is a farm equipment business co-owner and former first-grade teacher. She has represented AD 41 since 2005. LeMahieu also appointed Ballweg as a Senate JFC member.
SD 28: Julian Bradley is an operations manager who twice ran unsuccessfully for the Assembly in 2010 and 2016 in the La Crosse area. In 2014 he lost a primary bid for secretary of state. He’s also the former La Crosse County GOP chair.