24 New Lawmakers Elected on November 3rd
There will be 24 new to their chamber lawmakers sworn in to the Legislature in January. 16 will join the State Assembly (6 Republicans and 10 Democrats) and 8 will join the State Senate (5 Republicans and 3 Democrats). Five of the Senator-elects previously served in the State Assembly.
24 new lawmakers is slightly below the 27 new lawmakers that were on average sworn in each session over the last 10 years.
New to the State Senate
There will be 8 new members of the State Senate who will be sworn into office in January, five of the eight have previous experience serving in the State Assembly.
Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) SD-10
Previously represented by Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset)
Rob is a proud, lifelong resident of St. Croix County. He has helped manage his family’s farm for over 25 years as a 4th generation farmer. He has a teenage daughter, Maggie, who works on the family farm and in the family business.
Rob is a 1994 graduate of New Richmond High School and attended both UW–Eau Claire and UW–River Falls. Rob is a small businessman committed to fostering an environment that creates good-paying jobs, expanding economic development opportunities, and encouraging a small business-friendly atmosphere for our area.
Rob’s business experience includes previously running his family’s food manufacturing company; working as a mortgage loan originator in St. Croix Falls and New Richmond; owning and operating several rental properties and real estate investments; and recently starting and running a waste disposal company in the area.
Rob was elected to the State Assembly in November 2016, and voters re-elected him two years later. During his time representing the 29th Assembly District, Rob has been a leader on many issues facing Northwest Wisconsin.
Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) SD-12
Previously represented by Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua)
Mary Felzkowski, formerly Mary Czaja, was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012 and is currently serving her fourth term as State Representative for the 35th Assembly District.
A lifelong resident of Lincoln County, Mary is the owner of C.I.S. Insurance Group in Tomahawk. She is a graduate of Tomahawk High School and the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Mary has two children, three step-children, and four grandchildren.
Mary is currently serving as the Assistant Majority Leader in the State Assembly. She previously served as a member of the state budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance. Currently, she serves as a member of the Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation, the Committee on Sporting Heritage, the Committee on Health, Committee on Rules, and is the Co-Chair of the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems.
During this session, Mary also served on the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality, a committee that traveled all over the state to study and recommend policies to address Wisconsin’s diverse water quality issues.
Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) SD-14
Previously represented by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon)
Joan Ballweg was born the oldest of four to a first generation American in West Allis, Wisconsin on March 16, 1952. After graduating from Nathan Hale High School in 1970, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Joan and her husband Tom were married in 1974 and settled down in Markesan in 1976 after purchasing an existing John Deere agricultural and lawn equipment dealership, now known as Ballweg Implement.
While Joan and Tom ran a successful John Deere dealership together in Markesan, Joan began to demonstrate her leadership and commitment to the community. In 1984, she chaired the Markesan Revitalization Committee and in the spring of 1986 was elected as Alderperson to the Markesan City Council. Joan helped to found the Markesan PTA in 1987 and served as its president in 1989. She served as alderperson to the Markesan City Council until being elected Mayor in the spring of 1990, a capacity in which she served until 1997.
After winning a nine-way Republican primary, Joan was elected in November 2004 to represent Wisconsin’s 41st district in the State Assembly. Now in her eighth term, Joan serves as Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules, and on the Children and Families, Colleges and Universities, International Affairs and Commerce, Jobs and the Economy, Mental Health, Regulatory Licensing Reform, Rules, Tourism, and the Joint Legislative Council. In 2019, Joan chaired the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention and became the National Chair for the Council of State Governments. In 2020, she was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt.
Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) SD-16
Previously represented by Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona)
Melissa Sargent is a trusted public servant working to move Wisconsin forward. Born and raised in Dane County, Melissa served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors prior to being elected to represent the 48th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Before her start in politics, Melissa owned a small business and worked in the private sector. Concern for the greater community and a vision for a better Wisconsin brought her to public service and community activism. She is a proud single-mother of four boys, and lives on Madison’s Northside.
Kelda Roys (D-Madison) SD-26
Previously represented by Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison)
Kelda Roys, 41, is an experienced legislative leader, small business owner, attorney, and healthcare advocate. A mom and stepmom of 4 girls, Kelda is relentlessly focused on building a more just and equitable Wisconsin where everyone has the chance to succeed. As our next state senator in Wisconsin’s 26th District, Kelda will fight to ensure opportunity and fairness to Wisconsin.
Kelda is the CEO and Founder of OpenHomes, a real estate brokerage that uses technology to help people sell and buy homes more easily and affordably. Frustrated with the high fees and inconsistent service of traditional brokerages, Kelda created an innovative, low-cost real estate brokerage while pregnant with her first child. Kelda’s growing company has created good paying jobs for Wisconsinites and serves customers across southern Wisconsin. As an employer and entrepreneur, Kelda understands how to create jobs, and she knows the importance of small businesses to a vibrant, growing economy.
Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) SD-28
Previously represented by Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend)
In 2002, Julian had a conversation with his mom, a lifelong democrat, that changed everything. While debating the subject of abortion, she accused Julian of being a Republican, which led him to research the party platforms. It turned out his mom was right – and Julian joined the Republican Party that day.
Like many conservatives, Julian first got involved by making phone calls and knocking on doors. His fellow grassroots Republicans expressed their confidence in his abilities by voting him into positions of leadership. He served as a county chairman, a district vice-chairman, and, in 2015, as chairman of the Republican State Convention. In these roles, Julian has worked to elect conservative candidates by raising money, organizing events, and advocating for the party grassroots on the Republican State Executive Committee.
Julian grew up in a working-class family where he learned the value of a dollar at a young age by landscaping and working a paper route. After graduating from Central High School in La Crosse, WI, he attended Temple University in Philadelphia before choosing to return to Wisconsin and finish his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Julian spent 15 years as a senior manager for CenturyLink, a telecommunications company, prior to accepting a management role with a Fortune 150 insurance company in Franklin.
Julian believes in being active in the community. He founded a Toys for Tots drive and often volunteers at community Thanksgiving dinners. He also enjoys working with young people, and has helped prepare high school students for the workforce by conducting mock interviews. When not working, volunteering, or advocating for conservative causes, Julian enjoys attending sporting events with his friends and family.
Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay) SD-30
Previously represented by Sen. David Hansen (D-Green Bay)
Eric Wimberger was born and raised in DePere. After high school, he attended St. Cloud State University where he served as student body president and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. He drove semi-trucks for a local long haul trucking company, logging more than 120k safe miles before enrolling at Marquette University Law School.
Following graduation from Marquette, Eric commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Japan and Washington D.C., honorably discharged as a Captain.
Eric returned home to Green Bay in 2010, where he continued his service to the community, opening a local law practice later recognized as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star.”
He remains dedicated to making a positive difference in the community including his work as a board member with the philanthropic Cloud Family Foundation. You can also find him often helping his mom make great family memories at her small business, Sweet Memories Candy Shoppe, in Lakewood.
Brad Pfaff (D-La Crosse) SD-32
Previously represented by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse)
Brad Pfaff is a proud son of the rolling hills, coulees, and valleys of northern La Crosse County where he was raised on his family’s dairy farm. Hard work, resilience, appreciation for the land, and respect for one’s neighbors and community are the values that guided Brad’s life.
Brad met his wife, Betty, a West Salem native, when he was a senior in high school at a 4-H leadership luncheon. They are the proud parents of two teenage children.
Brad was elected to two terms on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors. He has served on his church council. Brad has held state and national leadership positions at the USDA Farm Service Agency, where he worked diligently for the best interest of family farmers, consumers, rural residents and communities.
Most recently, Brad led the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and was the director of business and rural development at the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
New to the State Assembly
There will 16 new members of the State Assembly sworn into office in January, 10 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Two of the incoming Democrats defeated incumbent Republicans and one defeated an incumbent Democrat in the August Partisan Primary.
Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D-Milwaukee) AD-8th
Previously represented by Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee)
I was born and raised on Milwaukee’s South Side and I take great pride in our hardworking community. I will always fight for our neighborhood, and want to continue to make our neighborhood a better place to work and live.
Prior to your electing me Milwaukee County Supervisor, I spent more than a decade as a community volunteer in our neighborhood. For many years I operated a small business. I obtained a degree in Political Science from UWM. I wanted to educate myself in creating policies to bring beneficial impact to the people of our community.
As a current Milwaukee County Supervisor, I know our community’s needs and how to address them! Milwaukee County is an arm of the State!
Dora Drake (D-Milwaukee) AD-11th
Previously represented by Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee)
Dora Drake is a member of the community who was born and raised in the Graceland neighborhood near Wyrick Park.
She was accepted into the Educational Opportunities Program at Marquette University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Welfare and Justice in 2015.
Shortly after, she became a Pretrial Case Manager at JusticePoint for two years. Dora helped people by finding resources they needed such as housing and employment. She, with the help of colleagues and YWCA of Southeast WI, also implemented a racial-bias training for JusticePoint’s employees statewide. Dora also facilitated trauma-informed response training sessions for those who work in the justice system.
Dora currently works as a Member Service Coordinator at the Center for Self Sufficiency where she provides re-entry services to support those who are re-entering society.
Sara Rodriguez (D-Wauwatosa) AD-14th
Previously represented by Rep. Rob Hutton (D-Brookfield)
Sara is a registered nurse and an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in a variety of leadership roles for over 20 years including recently founding a healthcare consulting firm.
Sara was the Vice President of Population Health and Integrated Care Management at a local health system and has had various leadership positions with public health departments at the local, state and federal level, serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC. Sara has also worked in the private industry as a Vice President in the mobile health technology business within a Fortune 100 Company.
Sara is a Wisconsin native graduating from Brookfield East High School before she received her Masters in Public Health and Masters in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University.
Supreme Moore Okomunde (D-Milwaukee) AD-17th
Previously represented by Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee)
Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde was first elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on April 7, 2015, and re-elected in 2016 and 2018.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Supervisor Moore Omokunde learned the values of community and social empowerment through his parents, Rev. Dr. Tolokun Omokunde and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. From an early age, he has dedicated himself to the advancement of social justice and spent many years working for the betterment of his community before becoming a county supervisor.
Supervisor Moore Omokunde has received training in community leadership through the national AmeriCorps program, Public Allies, the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Riverwest Neighborhood Association, and served on the board of directors for TRUE Skool. Prior to joining the Milwaukee County Board, he served as the community organizer for the Sherman Park Community Association where he worked with block clubs, established the Friends of Sherman Park group and helped to formulate a Neighborhood Improvement District.
Deb Andraca (D-River Hills) AD-23rd
Previously represented by Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon)
I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, and an active community volunteer. I’ve worked for large international companies, political campaigns, trade associations and non-profit organizations. I’ve spent 17 years in our district working hard to make our neighborhoods better for our families, but I believe that things are headed in the wrong direction.
My career began in politics. After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved to Washington DC where I worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group of large and small renewable energy companies. While working full-time I earned my master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. When my husband’s career moved us to Chicago, then Houston, and then finally Milwaukee, I was a press secretary on a Congressional re-election campaign, a communications director and lobbyist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, and a Vice President at FleishmanHillard Public Relations.
Clint Moses (R-Menomonie) AD-29th
Previously represented by Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond)
Clint Moses was born and raised in Menomonie, WI. His childhood was filled with helping out on the family’s small farm, playing sports and participating in activities like Boy Scouts where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Clint is alumni of Menomonie High School and UW-Stout. At the age of 16 he started his first business in lawn care, and was able to pay his own way through undergraduate earning degrees in Psychology and Human Biology. Clint then went on to earn his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic.
Clint lives on a small farm where they raise sheep and cattle in the Menomonie Township with his wife and four daughters. In 2003 he opened Red Cedar Chiropractic with his wife, Dr. Nora Moses. They have been caring for residents of Dunn County and beyond since then, as well as donating time and resources to various charitable organizations.
Calvin Callahan (R-Tomahawk) AD-35th
Previously represented by Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma)
A lifelong resident of Lincoln County, Calvin comes from a family of independent business owners with deep roots within our communities.
Calvin Callahan was first elected to the Lincoln County Board in 2018 and is currently serving his second term as Supervisor for the 13th District. Calvin also serves on his local town board in the Town of Wilson. Calvin is the proud Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party. Before announcing his candidacy, Calvin worked for the Republican Party of Wisconsin as Regional Field Director for Northern Wisconsin.
Calvin has also served as the Tomahawk Future Business Leaders of America’s Chief Communications Officer and worked with organizations such as Tomahawk Extended Area Partners in Education to provide educational opportunities to our youth. Calvin also is active with Lincoln County Economic Development and works with Merrill and Tomahawk Chambers of Commerce to continue to create opportunities for our economy to grow. Calvin serves as the lone Lincoln County Representative to the Central Wisconsin Economic Development Board.
Alex Dallman (R-Green Lake) AD-41st
Previously represented by Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
Alex Dallman is a lifelong resident of the 41st Assembly District, having been born and raised in Markesan, WI. Upon graduation from Markesan High School, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Edgewood College.
Alex has been devoted to serving his community whenever he can. He began his career in constituent services for the Office of Congressman Glenn Grothman, which serves Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District and encompasses the majority of the 41st State Assembly District. Through his work on behalf of the Congressman, Alex specialized in assisting constituents in the areas of veterans affairs and tax issues.
Alex has since become and still currently serves as Outreach Representative for the Office of Congressman Glenn Grothman. From his time working in the public sector and meeting with people from across central Wisconsin, Alex has realized the negative impact that bureaucratic red tape and regulation have on businesses and individuals. He has also learned that staying connected to the communities that you serve plays a vital role in proper governance.
Sue Conley (D-Janesville) AD-44th
Previously represented by Rep. Deb Kolste (D-Janesville)
I have lived in Janesville since 1971. I married Jim Conley, a lifelong resident, 33 years ago and we raised three children. For more than 30 years, I have served our community leading in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and board member. I served as executive director, first at the YWCA of Rock County and later at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. I retired in 2014 and am currently serving my second term on the Janesville City Council as Council President.
Samba Baldeh (D-Madison) AD-48th
Previously represented by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison)
I am an IT Project Manager at American Family Insurance Company where I have been employed for 20 years. I have been an Alder on the Madison Common Council for three terms and served as Council President in my second term. I am married to Fatou Jawo and own a home on the East side of Madison. I am community organizer and volunteer. In 2018 I was awarded the Midge Miller Award for Outstanding elected official. In addition to the committees that I serve on at the city council, I am also a member of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Community Advisory Council and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship Advisory committee. My background includes work in international youth development and entrepreneurship. As a human rights advocate I have visited countries like Colombia and Nigeria to advocate women and peoples rights
Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R-Fox Crossing) AD-55th
Previously represented by Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah)
Rachael Cabral-Guevara is a mother of 4 (Alex 22, Emilio 18, Marion 16 and Lars 8) who lives on Stroebe Island in Fox Crossing.
Rachael was born in Appleton and raised in the Air Force which gave her the opportunity to live across our country. She returned to attend college after high school and hasn’t left Wisconsin since.
Rachael’s family is from the Kimberly, Little Chute, Doty Island and Kaukauna areas.
Rachael is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber since 2008. Rachael has years of experience working in primary care throughout Wisconsin. She has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner within a community health center, student health center, and urgent care clinic.
Rachael opened NPHS – Nurse Practitioner Health Services LLC in Appleton to provide afford and convenient healthcare to her community. NPHS is a cash based clinic which does not take insurance, posts all prices online and offers housecall services. This model is not seen often in our state but allows for affordable and quality healthcare services.
Rachael teaches at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh within the College of Nursing. She believes educating one nurse allows her to extend caring to thousands of patients she never comes in contact with who need nursing cares.
Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton) AD-57th
Previously represented by Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton)
Lee has made the Fox Valley her home since 1995 where she resides in Appleton. She was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of a paper mill engineer and a registered nurse. Her family lived in Ohio and Delaware before relocating with James River Paper where she grew up in Green Bay. Lee attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving a bachelor of arts in English.
She began her career in marketing and communications at Fox River Paper Company, following in her father’s footsteps into the paper industry. Lee’s professional experience has spanned from private industry, independent consulting, to her current position in the not-for-profit sector working as the Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. The Council serves girls in 58 counties in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her work through the Girl Scouts provides opportunity for service that align with her strong commitment to female empowerment through life changing experiences where girls are poised to make the world a better place. Lee’s values of engagement in the process and service to others are part of how she was raised, and how she raised her own children. She believes that when we invest in providing access to tools, resources, and opportunities for people to succeed we all benefit from this collective success.
Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield) AD-69th
Previously represented by Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford)
My name is Donna. I have lived in Marshfield since 1988. I am a registered nurse and have worked on the cardiac medical-surgical unit at Marshfield Medical Center for 19 years. I recently retired from UWEC College of Nursing and Health Services where I taught for 12 years.
As a Wood County Board Supervisor since 2000, I have served in a variety of leadership positions. I am currently Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.
My husband Ed and I adopted five children. One while living in Tennessee, one while living in Pennsylvania, and a sibling group of three while living in West Virginia. Ed died tragically in 1993 and we have five grandchildren.
I look forward to meeting and visiting with you on the campaign trail. It will be my pleasure to serve you in Madison.
David Armstrong (R-Marshfield) AD-75th
Previously represented by Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Barron)
Since 2013, Dave has been working to grow the local economy as the Executive Director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation. His work has helped Barron County to be ranked 6th among the fastest-growing counties in Wisconsin in terms of business investment by SmartAsset.com. Armstrong also led efforts to assist entrepreneurs to start new businesses, introduced an economic gardening initiative to help existing businesses to grow, championed additional workforce training programs and led the initiative to address the acute housing shortage in the area. These efforts assist all residents, businesses and municipalities in the region.
Armstrong has been heavily involved in the community previously serving two-terms on the Rice Lake City Council. He’s currently President of the Rice Lake Cable Commission, a member of the Rice Lake Utility Commission and Rice Lake Tourism Commission, Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce board member, past President and current member of the Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County and volunteer mentor at Rice Lake High school.
In addition to his service in local government and community groups, Dave was successful in the private sector, starting two different companies in the medical field which he later sold. He also served as the Vice President of Substance Abuse Services for Healthcomp Evaluation Services Corporation then ClinNet Services LLC.
Francesca Hong (D-Madison) AD-76th
Previously represented by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison)
Francesca Hong is a second-generation Wisconsinite, mother, community organizer, and service industry worker Madison, Wisconsin. Hong is the daughter of hard-working immigrants who made the journey to the United States in 1980s so her father could pursue a doctorate in Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growing up, Francesca was witness to the hard work and perseverance of her parents. She learned the value of sacrifice and determination watching her mother’s journey as a stay-at-home mom who pursued a degree in Education at UW-Madison, later becoming a public-school teacher in Wisconsin for well over ten years.
Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) AD-90th
Previously represented by Rep. Stausch Gruszynski (D-Green Bay)
Over the past 20 years, Kristina has dedicated her professional career and life’s work to working alongside different constituencies to create healthier, more equitable communities where all kids, families, and citizens thrive. Green Bay has provided a home and extensive community to Kristina and her family. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristina’s professional career began by teaching health and physical education from kindergarten through 12th grade and then a full-time faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College. With a Master of Science in Health Promotion Management, Kristina shifted her professional work toward a national focus in non-profit leadership. While managing a national grants program and facilitating an urban wellness coalition, Kristina also initiated and facilitated an organization-wide diversity leadership team. Today, Kristina is putting her skills, experience, and passion to work serving the diverse needs of the community in her role as Program Director at the YWCA Greater Green Bay.
Appointed to the Green Bay Area Public School Board in August 2018 and elected in April 2019, Kristina’s community contributions are wide-ranging. She has worked with community groups to raise money for local school backpack drives, monthly community conversations about equity, and annual outreach. Living the motto, “We all do better when empowered women empower women,” she served as Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Women’s March Wisconsin, helping to organize a major event in Green Bay and rally in January 2018 attended by more than 400 people. Kristina was recently named as a 2019-2020 Current Young Professional “Future 15” recipient, an award that annually profiles young professionals who are growing and excelling in their fields. Most recently, she won the 2019 “Activist of the Year Award” from Citizen Action’s Northeast Wisconsin Co-op.