My husband Matt and I live on a farmette in rural Clinton. Prior to moving to Rock County, we lived in the Town of Linn in Walworth County. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 with degrees in Political Science and International Relations.
After graduation, I developed an interest in and aptitude for environmental project management and regulatory compliance. I worked for a variety of clients in three states helping businesses navigate the complex regulatory process while protecting human health and the environment. I became a Certified Wisconsin Firefighter in 1998, and in 1999 I earned the credential of Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. I worked at the Greater Beloit Chamber from 2003 until 2010, serving as Government Relations Director, Vice President, and Interim President.
I was first elected to the Wisconsin state Assembly in 2010. I ran as a problem solver, not a partisan activist. Ten years later I have earned a reputation for being an honest, trusted and respected leader. I have a strong work ethic and enjoy taking on complex challenges, offering solid solutions and achieving real results. I have been a member of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance for the past six years and am currently the Vice Co-Chair of that committee. I also serve as Chairman of the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board and am a member of the State Fair Park Board. My prior local elected experience includes Supervisor for the Town of Clinton Board where I also served as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee. I enjoy public policy immensely and love a good challenge.
My relationships with fellow legislators span both sides of the political aisle and cover all corners of Wisconsin. I have a strong record of results and am proud to have authored numerous bills with bipartisan support that were signed into law by Governor Walker and Governor Evers. I know there is more work to do and want to use my ideas, experience and can-do attitude to proactively address the challenges facing the great state of Wisconsin.