Mary Burke is running for Governor because she knows the people of Wisconsin deserve better. A better economy that creates more good paying jobs. A brighter future and more opportunities for our children through education. And better leadership that brings people together to solve problems.
Burke will bring a proven track record of results to the Governor’s office. She led Strategic Planning at Trek for nearly a decade, focusing every single day on improving the company’s bottom line and making it the Wisconsin success story that it is. Mary’s father started Trek in a barn in Waterloo, WI when she was 17 years old. Today, the company employs close to 1,000 people right here in Wisconsin, with an annual payroll of over $50 million. In addition, Trek supports countless other Wisconsin businesses, purchasing over $40 million in goods and services from other Wisconsin companies every year.
Before leading the office of Strategic Planning, Mary played a central role in Trek’s expansion as the Director of European Operations. Despite not speaking a single foreign language, she established sales and distribution operations in seven countries over just three years - supporting manufacturing jobs at home by increasing sales from just $3 million to over $50 million annually.
Leading the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Burke put the private sector principles she honed in business to work for the people of Wisconsin. During her tenure as Secretary of Commerce she focused on attracting new businesses to Wisconsin and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start up and grow. During Burke’s tenure the state’s unemployment rate was just 4.8% - representing 84,000 more jobs than there are in Wisconsin today.
Burke also brings a proven track record of results in education. Her commitment to teaching young people personal responsibility and creating opportunity for a brighter future led her to a deep involvement with the Boys & Girls Club. Her leadership put the club on sound financial footing and allowed them to increase dramatically the number of children they work with. Burke also created AVID/TOPS, an innovative public-private partnership between public schools and the community committed to closing the achievement gap. AVID/TOPS has earned national recognition for its approach, and its results, which includes enrollment in a 2- or 4- year college by over 80% of students in the program.
Burke’s family has a deep history in Wisconsin. She is a 4th generation Wisconsinite whose great grandparents were farmers. Her grandfather delivered the mail on the same route she lives today. Her mother was the first in her family to attend college. And her father started Trek Bicycle, a company that she helped turn into an international success story. Wisconsin has been good to Mary Burke and her family, and as Governor she will ensure Wisconsin creates jobs and opportunity for every family across Wisconsin.
Burke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard Business School.
Senator John Lehman was born in Wisconsin on August 2, 1945. He grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and graduated from Washington Park High School before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a master’s in education from Carthage College.
Prior to running for public office, Senator Lehman taught high school
economics and history in Racine Unified School District and served
his community as an elected official for many years.
Senator Lehman was first elected to the Racine City Council in 1988 and served continuously until 2000, including one term as Common Council President. Senator Lehman was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1996 where he served the 62nd Assembly District until 2007.
Following election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006 he served one
full term was re-elected in 2012 through a special election. Senator Lehman
was a member of the Joint Committee on Finance during the 2007 and 2009 sessions.
In 2009, Senator Lehman was elected by his colleagues as the Majority Caucus Chairperson. Senator Lehman is currently serving his second term as senator for the 21st Senate District.
As a leader on education-related issues, Senator Lehman is currently serving as the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Education, and formerly served as chair of that committee. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue; Joint Legislative Audit Committee; and the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions.
In addition to his responsibilities in Madison, Senator Lehman remains active in the community. He is currently a member of the following organizations: Racine County Democratic Party, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Racine Heritage Museum, Friends of the Library, Racine Public Library, League of Conservation Voters, Southeastern Wisconsin Educator Hall of Fame, and Washington Park High School Hall of Fame. He is a former member of the Racine Sister City Planning Council, Racine Board of Health, and Racine Education Association. Lehman is the recipient of the Luther College Distinguished Service Award.
Senator Lehman currently resides in Racine with his wife. He is also the proud father three daughters and grandfather of six.
Susan was elected Jefferson County District Attorney in November 2008 with 56% of the vote becoming the first Democratic District Attorney in Jefferson County since 1938. She was re-elected in November 2012 without opposition.
Born and raised in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where both her parents worked as public school teachers, Susan learned the value of hard work. Throughout high school and college, Susan worked as a residential living assistant at St. Coletta’s, a home for developmentally disabled children and adults. Susan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Russian.
In 1996, Susan entered the UW-Madison Law School where she served as a member and Articles Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. Susan graduated from law school in 1998, and practiced law in Jefferson for more than six years at Monogue & Witt S.C. In 2005, Susan started her own practice, Happ Law Office. She worked there until she was elected as Jefferson County District Attorney in 2008.
As District Attorney she is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes in Jefferson County, and is also the administrator for the District Attorney’s office including budgeting and staffing. In her first full year as District Attorney, Susan saved the Jefferson County taxpayers $81,825 by cutting back on costs, working with other departments and running the District Attorney’s office just as she would her business. Since she has been District Attorney, Susan's fiscal responsibility has saved taxpayers over $250,000.
Throughout her life, Susan has been actively involved in her community, working and volunteering at St. Coletta’s School in Jefferson and various community service organizations. Susan has participated in mock trial presentations sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers and has presented at the WACDL OWI Seminar, Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators and the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association.
Susan is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, Jefferson County Bar Association, Rotary Club of Jefferson and St. John’s Catholic Church in Jefferson. Susan serves as legal counsel and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Tomorrow's Hope, Inc. of Jefferson.
Susan is an avid runner and enjoys reading, riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with her daughter, Haley, and her husband, Dale Rupprecht.
Doug made his first run for office in 1970 in theDemocratic primary bid seeking to represent Wisconsin in Congress. He served a term as a state senator from 1972—1974 for Kenosha, during which time he authored legislation which provided family planning care to women for the first time in Wisconsin’s history. He was then elected Secretary of State and has been reelected every four years for the past 30 years.
Throughout his years of public service he has fought against the corrupting influence of big money on politics. He has rejected high-spending campaign tactics and has followed the path of the great Wisconsin Senator Bill Proxmire, who depended on his relationship with the people to get elected.
Doug has deep environmental roots in this state. He started Wisconsin's Environmental Decade, now Clean Wisconsin, and has been fighting for local, renewable energy since the 1970's. He helped the late Gaylord Nelson organize the first Earth Day in 1970 and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the Assistant Director to the Mid-American Solar Energy Complex.
Doug La Follette earned his Ph.D in organic chemistry from Columbia University and went on to teach as an Assistant Professor of chemistry and ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Dave lives in Cudahy with his wife Helga and their dog “Angel.” He and his three siblings were all born and spent their childhood in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He attended Saint Peter’s Lutheran from K through eighth grade, Roosevelt Jr HS, Goodrich Senior HS. Later, he attended graduate school at UWM. His father deserted the family when Dave was seven years old and Dave and his siblings sent many years receiving public assistance. Dave’s “big break” came when he began working at Petrie’s restaurant in Fond du Lac where he worked full-time as a KFC chicken cook while still attending high school.
With savings from his job, Dave went off to UW—River Falls where he graduated with history, political science, and sociology degrees. He was the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. In many respects, Dave is an example of fulfilling the “American Dream.” Shortly after graduation, Dave was drafted in into the military. Eventually, he was to serve a total of nine years in the military, two years active duty and seven years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Dave was injured on five separate occasions. The first time was the second day he was in Vietnam by a “spent bullet.” The second gunshot injury occurred months later when he was shot in the left quadrant of his chest during a massive enemy ground attack. The bullet passed through an ammo bandolier, his flack vest, and lodged in the prayer book he had in the left upper breast pocket of his battle blouse. The prayer book in question arrived in the previous day’s mail from the Lutheran Commission for the Armed Forces.
During his National Guard service Dave incurred one federal mobilization, plus two state emergency call-ups. He was very involved in state legislation for his fellow guard members and served three years as the chair of the Wisconsin National Guard Enlisted Association.
In 1970, began his thirty year career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a probation/parole agent. Upon retirement he received a special written commendation from the Wisconsin Assembly. He consistently was assigned to “high risk offenders,”as well as a sporadic generic caseload. He enjoyed assignments to the Presentence Unit, the Drug Unit, and the Absconder Unit. Dave traveled to over thirty different states returning offenders back to Wisconsin.
Dave and his family lived for twenty years in Greenfield, Wisconsin where Dave served a term as alderman on the city council. He played a vital role in helping to bring the 9-1-1 system to Milwaukee County. He also was a six year member of the Marine Credit Union Board of Directors while living in North Fond du Lac.
Dave served for five years as president of the Friends of Wisconsin Libraries. He traveled over the state promotion our cherished public libraries and was invited in 1992 by Mrs Barbara Bush to a conference of Friends’ presidents in the White House.
Before and after retirement, Dave became very active volunteering in an assortment of civic, social, religious, and political causes. He joined the Fond du Lac Evening Lions and currently is a member of the Cudahy Lions Club. Dave has been very active in the Friendship Force of Greater Milwaukee and was the exchange director for the St. Petersburg, Russian Police Exchange. Criminal justice agencies and facilities were visited during a ten day period in both Wisconsin and Chicago.
Upon returning to the Milwaukee metro area, Dave became very active in grassroots political politics. He was nominated by the Milwaukee County Democratic Party to the Milwaukee County Election Commission and subsequently appointed by former Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to a four year term on the Commission. In September, 2012, Dave was a member of the Wisconsin Delegation to the National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Dave has served an accumulated term of three years as president of a small investment partnership. The investment portfolio has actually more than doubled during Dave’s incumbency. He also serves on the Cudahy food pantry and Saint Francis/Cudahy Interfaith Board of Directors. He represents both of these agencies with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. In many respects he is a “professional volunteer” and very involved in food nutrition. He also serves as a member of the Milwaukee County Council Advisory Board on Nutrition.
Yet, Dave’s proudest achievement is that he has donated, since age 21, 139 gallons of blood (whole blood/platelets) to the American Red Cross and Blood Center of Wisconsin. He has six times been a “matched platelet donor,” and just recently to his first Wisconsin resident – a 16 year teenage cancer victim
What are some of Dave’s hobbies? He enjoys cross country skiing, activities with AFSCME RETIREES, cycling with his TREK 750, walking his dog “Angel,” reading, grassroots politics, domestic and international travel (been to six of the seven continents), activities with his four “new” grandchildren, investing, and church council secretary, lector, usher at Saint John Lutheran Church in Cudahy. He also served as secretary to the Wisconsin Division of Orphan Grain Train.
Rob is an entrepreneur, job creator, innovator, and a pragmatist. He built two successful small businesses, employing almost 50 people. Rob made sure his staff was paid family-sustaining wages with excellent benefits, including the best healthcare. He understood that his employees helped his companies thrive, and never took for granted their hard work.
Rob was classically trained as a chef at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the nation’s most prestigious college for the hospitality industry. He also studied business management, and after several years of direct service and managerial experience, he went on to create a corporate food service company and a catering business.
Rob Zerban didn’t start out with economic advantages. He was raised in poverty by a single mom who worked to keep a roof over their head. Growing up, he benefited from the nutrition program that turned into Women, Infants & Children (WIC), and the free milk program at school.
With the help of Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, both government programs, Rob was able to attend college.
Rob understands that he has succeeded in business, because government was there to help lift his family up when they needed it. And now he is committed to building a stronger America so future generations can continue to achieve and live the American Dream.
After selling his last business in 2008, Rob dedicated his life to public service. He volunteered to go door-to-door, educating the public about preserving the wonderful natural resource that is the Great Lakes.
Rob served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters because he wants to protect our natural resources for future generations.
Rob was elected to and completed two terms as a Kenosha County Board Supervisor, gaining valuable experience in solving problems for the community, and now serves on the board of the Wisconsin Business Alliance, a statewide progressive business group that advocates for growing the economy from the middle out, not the top down.
Rob understands that we can grow the economy in a sustainable way, protect the environment, and strengthen the middle class.
Mark Pocan came to Madison to attend college and shortly after earning a degree in journalism in 1986, opened up his own small business – a union printing company he continues to own and run today. His active years at UW-Madison in College Democrats led to his election in 1991 to the Dane County Board of Supervisors where he served Madison’s downtown community for three terms.
Before being elected to Congress in 2012, Mark Pocan spent nearly 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing one of the strongest progressive districts in the state. Yet, his political roots took hold in blue-collar Kenosha, Wisconsin where he got his start at age eight delivering campaign literature door-to-door for his father, a long-time city alderman.
His reputation is strong, even among his opponents, as an official who fights hard, but fair. He can bridge political divides and set aside ideology to achieve victories without compromising his progressive values.
Born and raised in La Crosse, Ron grew up on the Mississippi with his two brothers and sister, and his parents Greta and Elroy.
During high school, he spent his summers working on his aunt and uncle’s dairy farm where he learned a lot about hard work.
Ron was a standout student and athlete at La Crosse Logan High. He earned an academic scholarship to Harvard. During the summers, Ron worked for the late Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. Ron helped investigate wasteful spending of taxpayer money. His research provided the basis for some of the Senator's famous "Golden Fleece" awards and greatly influenced Ron's commitment towards fiscal responsibility.
After earning his Master’s Degree in Economics and a Law Degree from the University of Minnesota, Ron returned home to become a Special Prosecutor for La Crosse County. In the courtroom Ron met his wife Tawni, who still works as an official court reporter at the county court.
Ron and Tawni live on French Island and have two sons, Johnny and Matt, who attend La Crosse public schools. The family enjoys the great outdoors, spending time together fishing, hiking and on their farmland in Jackson County. Ron is an avid hunter,
and Johnny and Matt are following in his footsteps.
Today, Ron represents the people of western Wisconsin -- and the values we all share -- in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The first African-American woman in Wisconsin history to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Gwen Moore took her official oath of office on January 4, 2005. In January of 2011, Congresswoman Moore was elected Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus by her fellow female colleagues. In this capacity, she has become a leader on issues like health insurance reform, women's health, domestic violence and maternal and infant mortality – problems that affect women both at home and abroad. She served as Democratic Vice Chair from 2009 to 2011.
In her committee work, Congresswoman Moore is a member of the prestigious House Committee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over the banking, insurance and housing industries. She serves on two subcommittees of the House Committee on Financial Services, including the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Moore also sits on the House Budget Committee, which oversees the federal budget process, reviews all bills and resolutions on the budget, and monitors agencies and programs funded from the budget process. She is also a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Congresswoman Moore is a strong advocate for measures that focus on improving the economic and employment conditions in low-income communities. She has fought to curb predatory lending in minority neighborhoods, supported sound efforts to help small businesses grow and advance the creation of new jobs, pushed for more affordable housing, and advocated for compliance with respect to the non-discriminatory hiring of minority-owned businesses for government contracts.
She has been an ardent supporter of initiatives that put low-income students on the path to educational success. She has consistently supported legislation to ensure low-income students have school access to three nutritious meals a day, year-round, as good nutrition has been proven to improve children’s attendance and attentiveness. Congresswoman Moore has also advocated for Federal TRIO programs, which are designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them get to college. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first generation college students -- and students with disabilities -- to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
When it comes to our troops, Representative Moore has been a strong advocate for boosting the efforts of the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Department to ensure our nation’s service members and veterans get the care they need to successfully address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In order to combat the stigmas associated with PTSD, Congresswoman Moore has introduced legislation to promote confidential mental health care services for members of the military.
She has also supported increased funding for PTSD research and treatment programs. With her colleagues, Congresswoman Moore has led efforts urging the Army to help reduce the perception that seeking mental health counseling will negatively impact a person’s military career and promotion prospects.
Born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1951, Congresswoman Moore was raised in Milwaukee. The eighth of nine children, Rep. Moore’s father was a factory worker and her mother was a public school teacher. Congresswoman Moore attended North Division High School in Milwaukee where she served as Student Council President. After graduation, Rep. Moore started college at Milwaukee’s Marquette University as a single, expectant mother on welfare who could only complete her education with the help of TRIO. Congresswoman Moore earned a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette, and went on to serve as a community leader, spearheading the start-up of a community credit union as a VISTA volunteer for which she earned the national “VISTA Volunteer of the Decade” award from 1976-1986.
She served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1993-2004. Prior to her election to the Senate, Congresswoman Moore served two consecutive terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989-92. In 2000, Congresswoman Moore earned a Harvard University Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. As a state legislator, Congresswoman Moore was a champion of progressive and social issues and has continued to stand up as a voice for each and every constituent and neighborhood across the city. She applied her career expertise to help create jobs and build communities. She made a positive impact in critical issues related to welfare, education and criminal justice. A tireless advocate of women's rights and civil rights, Congresswoman Moore led the fight against racial profiling, domestic abuse and voting rights violations.
Chris Rockwood was born in Michigan, where his grandfather was a union steward during a 40-year career at Ford Motor Company, and grew up near Pittsburgh.
His father, a state university professor, was active in the faculty union; his mother was appointed by four successive governors to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council.
Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in Houston and has more than 25 years of experience as an engineer at several high-tech companies, including Apple and Mentor Graphics.
He was drawn from California to Wisconsin by the state’s beauty, the warmth of its people, and its progressive political traditions. Chris moved to the Milwaukee area in 2002 and has lived in Wauwatosa with his wife Annette since 2008.
Chris believes that it is possible to respect individual rights and allow businesses to thrive while investing in our infrastructure, ensuring that Wisconsinites have access to excellent public education and affordable health care, and protecting the environment for future generations.
He is proud to be on the 2014 ballot and is grateful for the opportunity to represent the residents of the 5th Congressional District.
Mark Harris received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1977.
He then worked for a CPA firm, Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte & Touche) until returning to Ann Arbor to earn his law degree (J.D.) at the University of Michigan Law School. Mark received his Michigan CPA certificate in 1979 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1982.
Harris practiced law and worked as a trust officer in Indianapolis, Indiana for several years before moving to Wisconsin. He has worked as a Trust Officer and a Vice President of Associated Trust Company in Oshkosh from 1995 until his election as Winnebago County Executive in 2005. He now wants to take that public and private sector experience to Washington, D.C.
Mark has been married to his wife Susan for 29 years. Together they have resided in Oshkosh since 1995 where they raised their three sons: Eric who holds his masters from the University of Wisconsin, Troy who attends Fox Valley Technical College, and Grant who attends UW La Crosse.
Kelly Westlund grew up in a military family and spent much of her life in the southern part of the country. She finally settled in northern Wisconsin after earning her degree from Northland College in Ashland and marrying a local, Caleb, who is a carpenter and avid fisherman.
She went on to work with a local nonprofit organization focused on sustainable community and economic development, coordinating various projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. She has spent the last few years working with a cooperative of local producers to build a strong local food system that will support family farms for generations to come.
Kelly is a graduate of the Leadership Wisconsin program and is currently serving on the Ashland City Council.
In my run for congress I hope to make things better for the middle class and the less well off. I consider myself an expert on the middle class because I have been there all my life.
I have been married to my wife, Margie, for 39 years. We have 3 sons, 1 daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1973 and completed a master's degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 1993. I also took graduate courses in meteorology and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I taught physics and chemistry at Brillion Public Schools for 33 years and now I teach physics and organic chemistry at Marian University.
I am a long time member of the Chilton City Council and a member of the Chilton Lions Club. My wife and I enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking and swimming. I feel each of us only lives a short time on Earth and we should leave it better off than when we were born. We also have a duty to our children to keep our water and air clean.