Meet the New Senators-Elect

Senate Republicans have expanded their margin to 21-12 by picking up two Democrat seats and assuming Republicans will successfully defend Senator Fitzgerald’s seat after he vacates it. Overall, for the 2021-22 legislative session, there will be eight “freshman” Senators, including five Republicans and three Democrats. This incoming group includes several familiar faces of former Assembly representatives, a past candidate for governor and the former DATCP Secretary.

Meet the new members below:

Joan Ballweg
(R – Markesan)

Senate District 14
  • Elected to Assembly since 2004. Leadership positions: Majority Caucus Chair 2013, 2011
  • Served as the co-chair of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules
  • Co-owner of farm equipment business.
Julian Bradley
(R- Franklin)
Senate District 28
  • Served as chairman of the Republican Party of La Crosse County and to the Wisconsin GOP executive committee
  • Manager at a telecommunications firm
Mary Felzkowski
(R – Irma)
Senate District 12
  • Elected to Assembly since 2012
  • Leadership positions: Assistant Majority Leader 2019
  • Currently an insurance agency owner
Brad Pfaff
(D – La Crosse)
Senate District 32
  • Former Secretary-designee of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Served on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors
  • Held leadership positions with USDA Farm Service Agency
Kelda Roys
(D – Madison)
Senate District 26
  • Served in the Assembly from 2009- 2011
  • Small business owner, attorney and served as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin
Melissa Sargent
(D – Madison)
Senate District 16
  • Elected to Assembly since 2012
  • Previously served on the on the Dane County Board of Supervisors and was a small business owner
Rob Stafsholt
(R – New Richmond)
Senate District 10
  • Elected to Assembly since 2017
  • Small business owner, including running a waste disposal company
Eric Wimberger
(R – De Pere)
Senate District 30
  • Served in the United States Marine Corps
  • Attorney and owns a law practice