Party Control of State Senate Shifts Often, Assembly Less So

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Party Control of State Senate Shifts Often, Assembly Less So

Since 1995, partisan control of the state Assembly has been in Democratic hands only once, during the 2009-10 session.

During the same time, partisan control of the state Senate has shifted eight times. In 1995-96, 1997-98, and 2011-12, control of the Senate actually shifted during the session due to special elections and recalls. Republicans controlled the upper house in 1995-96, from 2003 to 2006, and in 2011-12. The GOP has held the Senate continuously since 2013.

This information is a service of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education.