Born Milwaukee, March 28, 1960; married; 2 children. Graduate Bay View H.S. Former small business manager. Member: Delegate-U.S. Pres. Electoral College, 2000; Amer. Coun. of Young Political Leaders, Delegate to Israel and Palestine, 2001; Milw. Com. on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Wis. Civil Air Patrol, Major; Milw. City Coun. Parents and Teachers Assn.; Bay View Historical Soc.; Bay View Neighborhood Assn.; Fellow, Bowhay Institute, La Follette School, UW-Madison 2001; Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives 2003. Awards: Wis. Environmental Decade Clean 16 2000; Wis. Ob/Gyn Physicians’ Legislator of the Year 2000; Wis. Coalition Against Domestic Violence DV Diva 2003; Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Certificates of Commendation 2006, 2005; Wis. League of Conservation Voters Conservation Champion 2014, 2011, 2009, 2007; Wis. Women’s Alliance Legislation Award 2009-10; Professional Firefighters of Wis. Legislator of the Year 2010; Wis. Grocers Assn. Friend of Grocers 2010; Cudahy Veterans’ Service Award 2010; AMVETS State Legislative Advocacy Award 2011. Assembly Democratic Task Force on Working Families (chp.) 2003. State Assembly Milw. Caucus (chp. 2005, 2003). Dept. of Workforce Development State Minimum Wage Council (gov. appointee) 2005. Milw. School Board 1991-98.
Elected to Assembly since 1998. Minority Caucus Secretary 2001.