John Jagler, R-Watertown, has won his bid for the 13th Senate District.
Jagler received 19,125 or 51% of the vote, while Democrat Melissa Winker received 16,364 or 44% of the vote.
Independent Spencer Zimmerman received 1,702, Independent Ben Schmitz, 194.
The seat was vacated by Scott Fitzgerald when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Wisconsin’s 5th district in 2020 and he resigned as representative of the 13th State Senate District on Jan. 1.
The 13th Senate District encompasses large portions of Dodge and Jefferson counties, including Watertown, Columbus, Beaver Dam, Oconomowoc and Lake Mills. It extends as far west as the Deforest area.
Jagler called election day, “an incredibly proud night” for him as he won election.
“I want to say, ‘thank you’ to the people of the 13th Senate District for the incredible honor of serving as their voice in the Senate,” Jagler said. “I promise to fight every day to earn the trust they’ve placed in me.”
Jagler, 51, of 601 Clyman St., Watertown, has been serving as representative of the 37th Assembly District.
Gov. Tony Evers will determine an election timeline for filling the vacancy created by Jagler’s departure.
The 37th Assembly District is located in south-central Wisconsin and comprises southwestern Dodge County, parts of northern Jefferson County and eastern Columbia County. It contains the cities of Columbus, Waterloo, and Watertown, as well as the villages of DeForest, Lowell, and Reeseville. The district has been represented by Jagler since January 2013.
Jagler thanked Fitzgerald for his backing.
“I owe him a debt of gratitude for his support on day one, as well as his advice and support over the course of this campaign,” Jagler said. “Most of all, I want to thank my family — my wife Heidi and our kids — for their patience and their love and support as I spent the last few months doing three full-time jobs at once. These were serving in the Assembly, running for Senate and keeping up with our family business.”
He said the campaign gave him the experience of meeting many new voters in the 13th Senate District.
“These people come from families, small businesses and they are people from all walks of life, who are struggling to survive these challenges we’re facing,” he said. “I told them that I would fight for them in Madison, that I would work for them and that I would do everything I could to make things better for them.”
Jagler called his new job the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
Town of Aztalan
Melissa Winker 180, John Jagler 230
Town of Lake Mills W1-3
Winker 390, Jagler 242
Town of Milford
Winker 118, Jagler 159
Town of Waterloo W1
Winker 92, Jagler 102
Town of Watertown W1,2
Winker 162, Jagler 318
City of Lake Mills
Winker 892, Jagler 502