Sen. Rob Cowles (R – Green Bay) is seeking re-election to the 2nd Senate District, a seat he has held since first being elected to the Senate in a 1987 special election. The 2016 general election will be Cowles’ first election facing an opponent since the 2011 recall election.
Democrat John Powers, a former school teacher and Vietnam veteran, is running to unseat Cowles. In both 2008 and 2012 Powers unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Gary Tauchen (R – Bonduel) for the 6th Assembly District, losing by more than 10 percentage points in each election.