Born Hammond, IN, April 28; married; 2 children, 3 grandchildren. Graduate UW-Madison 1966; grad. work UW-Milwaukee 1972-74. Former teacher and marketing director. Member: North Shore Rotary; College Savings Program Bd. (EdVest); Junior League of Milwaukee (former pres.); Tempo Professional Women’s Organization; Blood Center of Wis. Bd. Former member: Next Door Foundation; Public Policy Forum; Wis. Strategic Planning Council for Economic Development; Greater Milwaukee Com.; Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Project (exec. com.); United Way Bd. (chp., allocations com.); Future Milwaukee (pres.); Milwaukee Forum; Children’s Service Soc. of Wis. (bd. of dir.); American Red Cross of Wis. (exec. com., bd. of dir.); League of Women Voters; Today’s Girls/Tomorrow’s Women/Boys Girls Club (founder); NCSL Education Com. (chp.); YMCA (bd. mbr.). Recipient: Shining Star of Education Reform 2011; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Advocates Award; Greater Milwaukee Committee Leadership Award 2011; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Legislative Leadership Award 2011, Friend of Housing Legislator of the Year 2012, 2006-2011, 2002, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Working for Wisconsin 2012, 2002; American Conservative Union Foundation Defender of Liberty Award 2012; Friend of Grocers 2014; 2011 Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Tommy G. Thompson Award for Service; Wis. Stem Cell Now Courage Award; Right Wis. Iron Lady Award 2013; Wis. Charter Champion Award 2014; 2006 Inductee into the National MS Hall of Fame; Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 100% Pro-Business Legislator 2006; Wis. Builders Assn. Friend of Housing 2008; Amer. Cancer Soc. Legislative Champion 2014, 2006; Fair Air Coalition Friend of Education; Metropolitan Milwaukee Assn. of Commerce Champion of Commerce; Wis. Head Start Directors Assn. Award of Excellence; National Assn. of Community Leadership Leadership Award; United Way Gwen Jackson Leadership Award; St. Francis Children’s Center Children Service Award.
Elected to Assembly in May 1990 special election; reelected November 1990; elected to Senate 1992; reelected since 1996.
Member of Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority