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School is Back in Session

School is Back in Session

School is back in session, and we all need to pull our focus back to education. Here's a good look at how 2017 went. On to great things in 2018! >>>...

Tosa “Food Share Tables” Pilot

Tosa “Food Share Tables” Pilot

Yay Tosa Schools! This "Food Share Tables" pilot at Jefferson and McKinley Elementary Schools--where kids can put hot lunch food they won't be eating on a table to share with their fellow students--is a great idea. Check out this presentation at Monday's school board...

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SOS Wauwatosa 2017 Annual Meeting and Social

SOS Wauwatosa 2017 Annual Meeting and Social

Fellow Public Education Advocates! Join the SOS Wauwatosa Board and Friends for the organization's 2017 Annual Meeting and Social When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Wauwatosa Fire House Meeting Room, 1601 Underwood Avenue, Wauwatosa RSVP:...

How to communicate with your Wisconsin State Legislators

Our state government passes laws and makes financial decisions that affect all of our lives. Funding for public schools, highway projects, jobs & the economy, and environmental issues, are just a few examples of things that are impacted by decisions made by our Governor and Legislature.

Although individual citizens probably won’t agree with their representative on every issue, many representatives try to make decisions that reflect the views and priorities of a majority of the people that live in their district. If there is something you’re concerned about, you have the right to share your views, concerns and wishes.

As we remember from government and civics class, we are all represented by one Senator and one Representative in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Anyone in Wisconsin can look up their senator or representatives here.

Most of Wauwatosa sits in Senate District 5 and is split between Assembly Districts 13 and 14. In addition, a part of Wauwatosa is in Senate District 4 and in Assembly District 12. The legislators for those districts are as follows:

Senate District 4: Lena Taylor
Email: Sen.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov
Madison Office Phone: 608-266-5810
District Office Phone: 414-342-7176
Madison Office: Room 19 South, State Capitol Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

Senate District 5: Leah Vukmir
Email: Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov
Madison Office Phone: 608-266-2512
District Office Phone: 414-453-0024
Madison Office: Room 131 South, State Capitol Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

Assembly District 12: Fred Kessler
Email: Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov
Madison Office Phone: 608-266-5813
Toll Free Office Phone: 888-534-0012
Madison Office: Room 111 North, State Capitol Building
Mailing Address: 9312 Clovernook Street Milwaukee, WI 53224

Assembly District 13: Rob Hutton
Email: Rep.Hutton@legis.wisconsin.gov
Madison Office Phone: 608-267-9836
Toll Free Office Phone: 888-534-0013
Madison Office: Room 220 North, State Capitol Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

Assembly District 14: Dale Kooyenga
Email: Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov
Madison Office Phone: 608-266-9180
Toll Free Office Phone: 888-534-0014
Madison Office: Room 324 East, State Capitol Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708

Again, anyone in Wisconsin can look up their representatives here.

  • You can contact your representatives by phone, email, or mail.
  • You can visit the Capitol Building in Madison and stop by your representatives’ offices, or call ahead to try to schedule an appointment to talk with your representatives or their staff members.
  • You can also attend Town Halls or public meetings that your representatives may hold in your community. Look for their newsletters that you may receive in the mail or visit their website for upcoming dates.
  • You can also reach out to Governor Scott Walker to share your concerns and priorities. You can contact Governor Walker’s office:

    Visit the Governor’s website
    Phone: (608) ­266-1212
    Email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov
    Address: 115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702

What to say? That’s up to you, but here are some general ideas:

  • Share your name and address and other contact information (phone, email).
  • Tell them a short story about who you are and what you’re concerned about.
  • Ask them if they can help and share any suggestions you have to address the issue.
  • If the legislature is about to vote on a certain piece of legislation or make a decision about taxes or government spending, ask them to cast a vote in support of your preferences.
  • Follow up and find out how they voted on the issue. If you’re happy with their vote, thank them, and if you’re disappointed, let them know.