This is a brief blog about the bipolar nature of Wisconsin. It’s been a state that’s routinely elected very progressive and very conservative politicians. The primary on Tuesday looks to fulfill that, as Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are expected to win these states. Additionally, the senatorial race between Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold is a similar ideological match up. Many socialist politicians have been elected in Wisconsin.
Below, I’ll list some notable names that support the paragraph above. The list is incomplete, but it will give you the basic political dichotomy of the state:
- Thomas Amlie, progressive Republican US Rep, 1931-1933, 1935-1939.
- Tammy Baldwin, Democrat, senator 2013-present; US Rep 1999-2013.
- Victor Berger, Socialist US Rep, 1911-1913, 1919, 1923-1929.
- Gerard Boileau, progressive Republican US Rep, 1931-1939.
- Nelson Dewey, Democratic governor, 1848-1852 (1st governor of Wisconsin).
- Russ Feingold, Democrat, US senator, 1993-2011.
- Bernard Gehrmann, progressive Republican US Rep, 1935-1943.
- Daniel Hoan, Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, 1916-1940.
- Merlin Hull, progressive Republican US Rep, 1929-1931, 1935-1953.
- Philip La Follette, progressive Republican governor, 1931-1933, 1935-1939.
- Robert La Follette Sr., progressive Republican governor, 1901-1906; senator 1906-1925; US Rep 1885-1891; Wisconsin’s preferred presidential candidate in 1912 & 1924.
- Robert La Follette Jr., progressive Republican senator, 1925-1947.
- Orland Loomis, progressive Republican governor-elect, 1942 (died of a heart attack).
- Francis McGovern, Republican governor, 1911-1915.
- Gaylord Nelson, Democratic governor, 1959-1963; senator 1963-1981.
- William Proxmire, Democratic senator, 1957-1989.
- Harry Sauthoff, progressive Republican US Rep, 1935-1939, 1941-1945.
- George Schneider, progressive Republican US Rep, 1923-1933, 1935-1939.
- Emil Seidel, Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, 1910-1912.
- Isaac Stephenson, Republican senator 1907-1915; US Rep 1883-1889.
- Gardner Withrow, progressive Republican US Rep, 1931-1939, 1949-1961.
- Frank Zeidler, Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, 1948-1960.
- Ron Johnson, Republican senator, 2011-present.
- Joseph McCarthy, Republican senator, 1947-1957 (“McCarthyism”).
- Charles Pfister, Wisconsin Republican Party Boss, c. 1890-1910s
- Paul Ryan, Republican US Rep, 1999-present; Speaker of the House, 2015-present; VP nominee, 2012.
- John Coit Spooner, Republican senator, 1885-1891, 1897-1907.
- William Vilas, Bourbon Democrat senator, 1891-1897; US cabinet member 1885-1889.
- Scott Walker, Republican governor, 2011-present.
- Alexander Wiley, Republican senator, 1939-1963.