By Eric Litke
Wisconsin is among the most gerrymandered states in the country, but have Democrats only flipped a single Republican seat in the last seven years?
That’s the claim from state Rep. Robyn Vining, a Democrat who accomplished that feat when she beat Republican Matt Adamczyk by 138 votes in 2018. That handed Vining, D-Wauwatosa, the District 14 seat previously held by Republican Dale Kooyenga, who ran for the state Senate that year.
In an Oct. 25, 2020, episode of WISN-TV’s “UpFront” program, Vining said her win was unique during the tenure of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The Rochester Republican has headed the chamber since 2013.
“I’m the only Democrat to beat the speaker,” Vining said, discussing her 2020 campaign. “This is the first time Speaker Vos has lost a seat, and so he wants it back.”