Badgers in Congress

There are eight UW–Madison alumni currently serving in the US Senate or House of Representatives. These UW–Madison alumni include:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) ’89 – First term Democratic senator who earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Previously represented Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district and the 78th State Assembly district.
  • Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) ’68 – Republican representative for Wisconsin’s 5th district since 1979 who earned his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Has been in state and federal elected office since the year he graduated from Law school.
  • Mark Pocan (D-WI) ’86 – Democratic representative from Wisconsin’s 2nd district, serving his 3rd term. Earned his BA from Wisconsin. Previously served in the Wisconsin Assembly and on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
  • Glenn Grothman (R-WI) ’77 – Republican representative from Wisconsin’s 6th district, serving his 2nd term. Received both his BBA and JD from Wisconsin. Served in both the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate prior to being elected to Congress.
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) ’68 – Democratic representative from Ohio who earned her BA from Wisconsin. She is the longest-serving woman in the House. Previously served as a policy advisor during Jimmy Carter’s administration.
  • Jim Jordan (R-OH) ’86 – Republican representative from Ohio who earned his BA from Wisconsin. He wrestled at Wisconsin, earning two NCAA championships. Founded the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives.
  • Bill Foster (D-IL) ’76 – Democratic representative from Illinois who earned his BA in physics from Wisconsin, and later a physics PhD from Harvard. Formed a startup, Electronic Theatre Controls, in his parents’ basement at age 19 which now employs over 650 people worldwide.
  • Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) ’81 – Republican representative from Arizona elected this year in a special election. Earned her BBA from Wisconsin. Previously served in the Arizona Senate and House.
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