The City of Ashland has a Mayor / Council form of government, with a hired City Administrator. The City serves as the county seat for Ashland County.
At the state level, Ashland is located in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Chanz Green, and in the 25th Senate District, represented by Romaine Robert Quinn. On the national level, Ashland is in the 7th Congressional District, represented by Tom Tiffany. Wisconsin’s representatives in the U.S. Senate are Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin.