Special elections were held in Assembly District 42 and Senate District 1 to fill seats vacated by Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) and Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) who both left the Legislature to take jobs with Governor Walker’s administration.
Former Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) defeated State Representative Andre Jacque (R-De Pere), 51%-49%, in Senate District 1, which covers Door and Kewaunee counties and portions of Manitowoc, Calumet and Brown counties. Republicans had held this seat for 41 years. This is the second Senate seat Democrats have picked up this year. They now only need to pick up two seats in the November General Election to gain the majority.
Karate studio owner Jon Plumer (R-Lodi) defeated UW-Madison academic advisor Ann Groves Lloyd (D-Lodi), 53%-45%, in Assembly District 42, which covers portions of Columbia, Dane, Marquette, Green Lake, Dodge and Fond du Lac counties.
As a result of this election, Republicans now have a 18-15 majority in the Senate and a 64-35 majority in the Assembly.
Both seats are up for re-election in November, so candidates will need to continue campaigning. In Senate District 1, Representative Andre Jacque faces a Republican primary against Bill Nauta (R-Washington Island), the winner of which will face Frostman in the general election. In Assembly District 42, Plummer and Groves Lloyd will be matched up again in the general election.