About Chris

State Senator Chris Larson is a proven, progressive leader. He is running for U.S. Senate to unrig the system, because everyone deserves a fair shot at the American dream.

Chris Larson was born and raised in Wisconsin. Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Finance and a minor in Political Science.

As the former manager of a sporting goods store, Chris is attuned to the needs of small businesses. In 2008, he successfully ran for Milwaukee County Board Supervisor on a platform of adequately investing in our shared parks and transit system. In his first year in office, he led the coalition “Quality of Life Alliance” which successfully helped pass a countywide advisory referendum to fund our parks, transit, & emergency medical services with a 1% sales tax while reducing property taxes.

In 2010, Larson pushed against the establishment of his own party and was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate to become the youngest serving state senator. Just two years later he was selected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Democratic Leader for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session.

As ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, he has fought against the historic cuts to education while advocating for a proactive agenda of fair funding for all students in our neighborhood schools, expanding access to K3 and K4, affordable childcare, growing apprenticeships, and leading on the move to a K-99 mentality.

As a strong proponent for safeguarding our shared public lands, lakes, and rivers, Chris was a natural fit for the Senate Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Tourism, and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, both of which he has served on.

Larson was one of the 14 Senate Democrats who bravely left the state in February 2011 to stand up for the rights of workers, giving them a voice in the legislative process when the governor was trying to shut them out. Since then, Larson has been at the forefront of fighting against the attacks on workers in Wisconsin through ALEC modeled RTW legislation as well as the repeal of Prevailing Wage as a committee member on the Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee.

In politics, Larson has helped recruit, train, and elect dozens of local, state, and federal elected officials and activists who are leading the movement on social change in Wisconsin and nationally.

Chris is active in his community as a member of numerous neighborhood groups, including: board member of UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association (2013-present) South Side Business Club of Milwaukee, Lions Club, Grassroots North Shore, League of Women Voters, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Young Elected Officials, Humboldt Park Friends, South Shore Park Watch, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Historical Society, Lake Park Friends, Arbor Day Foundation, Badgerland Striders, TriWisconsin, and MPTV Friends.

Larson has received awards and recognitions for his efforts, including the President’s Award of Distinction from the People for the American Way Foundation; the National Education Association Friend of Education Award (NEA); Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Champion Award; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Rebecca C. Young Leadership Award; the Friend of Children Award from the Wisconsin Congress of Parents and Teachers; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year.

Chris lives in Bay View with his lovely wife, Jessica, and their kids, Atticus and Stella.

An avid runner, Chris has successfully completed the Ironman Wisconsin triathlon and run 42 marathons in 22 states (and counting). He has a long-term goal of running a marathon in each state.

Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, and other news outlets speaking on workers’ rights and Wisconsin politics. As a State Senator, he has held 116 town halls, sent 231 newsletters, and authored or co-sponsored nearly every piece of progressive legislation while in office.