The Wisconsin Legislature
is the state legislature
of the U.S. state
. The Legislature is a bicameral
body composed of the upper house Wisconsin Senate
and the lower Wisconsin Assembly
. With both houses combined together, the Wisconsin Legislature is composed of 132 members representing an equal number of constituent districts.
The Legislature convenes at the state capitol
Members and terms
All 99 members of the Assembly are elected in a two year term cycle without term limits
. Similarly, all 33 members of the Senate are elected in a four year cycle, also without term limits. Half of the Senate is elected every two years. Prior to an amendment in the Wisconsin Constitution
in 1881, Assembly members served a one year term, while Senators were elected every two years. The 100th Wisconsin Legislature
began on January 3, 2011.
Members of both houses of the Legislature vote within their ranks to select presiding officers, such as the Speaker of the Assembly
and the President of the Senate
. These high level positions reflect the party majority in both chambers. An amendment to the state constitution in 1979 removed the Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
as the presiding officer of the Senate, allowing Senators to vote within their ranks for a chamber president. Similarly, majority
and minority leaders
are also selected by party strength in the legislative houses and within their own respective caucus.