Online Data Archive

Voting Behavior in the Wisconsin State Legislature, 1965-1966 and 2003-2016

This study includes the final floor votes on bills and biographical and other background information for each legislator. It encompasses the Senates and Assemblies of Wisconsin Legislatures for 1965-1966, and 2003 to 2016. 1965-1966, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 data have the final floor votes on bills contested by at least five percent of voting legislators. However 2013-2014 data include the final floor votes on all bills. For more information about Voting Behavior in the Wisconsin State Legislature and their data sets, please read the study descriptions for each of the years above.

Past and future legislative sessions will be added to the DISC archive as they become available or can be placed in consistent formats. Work in progress includes the 1895, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1915, and 1967 Wisconsin Senates and the 1967, and 1969 Wisconsin Assemblies. For inquiries regarding in-progress files, please contact Dr. Stampen via email: stampen@education.wisc.edu.

UPDATE June 2012: The data and documentation for the 2011/2012 legislative session was added to the online data archive on May 17, 2012. The 2011/2012 data includes a new variable indicating whether legislators are affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). An additional appendix listing ALEC-inspired legislation from the 2011/2012 session is also available.

UPDATE March 2013: Publication added (.pdf):
Stampen, Jacob O. "Challenging Times Amid Unhealthy Politics: Implications of the November 2012 Elections for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin." WISCAPE, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013.

UPDATE October 2014: The data and documentation for the 2011/2012 legislative session was updated to the online data archive on October 30, 2014. Voting records for 15 bills in Assembly and 10 bills in Senate were added to the data file. Codebook file was updated accordingly. In addition, data and codebook for 2013/2014 legislative session was added to this series.

UPDATE June 2015: The data and documentation for the 1965-1966 legislative session was added to the online data archive on June 15, 2015.

UPDATE June 2016: The data and documentation for the 2015/2016 legislative session was added to the online data archive.

UPDATE October 2016: Cluster analysis for 2015/2016 legislative session was added in the publications page.

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