About Chris

State Senator Chris Larson is running for Milwaukee County Executive to build a county where every Milwaukeean can thrive.

Political Background

State Senator Chris Larson attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in Finance and a minor in Political Science. Chris is the only candidate in the Milwaukee County Executive race with county supervisory experience, a finance degree, and political relationships in Madison to advocate and advance our county.

In 2008, Chris Larson successfully ran for Milwaukee County Supervisor on a platform of adequately investing in our shared parks and transit system. In his first year as a Supervisor, 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.

Larson pushed against the establishment and was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate on November 2, 2010 after defeating an incumbent from his own party. He was the youngest state senator upon his election. Just two years later, he was selected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Democratic Leader for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session.

In his time in the Wisconsin State Senate, Larson has fought for increased funding for our public education system, the removal of lead in our public water supply, and common-sense gun control reforms to keep our communities safe.

He currently serves on the Committee on Administrative Rules; Senate Committee on Agriculture; the Senate Committee on Education; Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families; the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules; and the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions.

On the Senate Committee on Education, he advocated for providing each and every child with a quality education, as well as investing in our neighborhood schools. 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’s served on in the past.

Larson was at the forefront of fighting against the attacks on workers in our state during Act 10 and against ALEC modeled RTW legislation, as well as the repeal of Prevailing Wage as a member of the Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee.

Personal Life

Chris was born in West Allis, raised in Greenfield, and has lived in Milwaukee County his whole life. He graduated from Thomas More High School, where he was captain of the Cross Country team and learned to love our County Park’s unique beauty by running and biking the Oak Leaf Trail.
 
An avid runner, Chris has successfully completed the Ironman Wisconsin triathlon and run over 30 marathons. He has a long-term goal of running a marathon in each state.
 
Chris lives in Bay View with his wife, Jessica, their children, Atticus and Stella.
 
Community Involvement

Chris is active in his community as a member of numerous neighborhood groups, including American Civil Liberties Union; UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association Board Member 2013-2019; Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Founding Member; Community Board Member of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study; Wisconsin Conservation Voters; League of Conservation Voters; Bay View Neighborhood Association; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin; Sierra Club; Humboldt Park Friends; South Side Business Club of Milwaukee; Bay View Historical Society; Arbor Day Foundation; Tri-Wisconsin; Badgerland Striders; Bay View Lions Club; Lake Park Friends; MPTV Friends. He is a former member of the Airport Area Economic Development Group; Young Elected Officials; Coalition to Save the Hoan Bridge (cofounder); and WISPIRG (campus intern).

 

Awards and Distinctions

2011 President’s Award of Distinction:  “For your great fortitude, leadership and dedication for workers rights in Wisconsin and around the country.” –People for the American Way Foundation

Pacific Coast Pensioners Association of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Sept 2011: “In recognition for his outstanding efforts to preserve the rights of the working class.”

2011 National Education Association Friend of Education Award: “Whose commitment to democratic principles in defending the collective bargaining rights of public employees exemplifies the qualities of a public servant and a true friend of education and educators.”

2010 Equal Rights Champion: Equality Wisconsin

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV)
2011-2012 Conservation Honor Roll
2013-2014 Conservation Champion

2012 Rebecca C. Young Leadership Award (highest legislative award): Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin

2011 Elected Official of the Year: Democratic Party of Milwaukee County

2013 Joan Dykstra Friend of Children Award: Wisconsin Congress of Parents and Teachers

2016, 2018, and 2019 Legislator of the Year: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

2015 & 2017 Shepherd Express Best in Milwaukee: Rising Star in Politics

2016, 2017, and 2018 Shepherd Express Best in Milwaukee: State Legislator “Larson has become a champion of progressive causes such as public education, affordable healthcare and the environment. “

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council 2019: Political Openness Award