|Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 7th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jeffrey Plale|
November 12, 1980 |
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin,
Christopher J. “Chris” Larson (born November 12, 1980) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 7th District since 2011. He was previously a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2008 through 2010. As of the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, he is the minority leader of the Wisconsin State Senate.
Early years and personal life
Larson was born and raised in Milwaukee County. He graduated from Thomas More High School in Milwaukee in 1999 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, with a minor in political science. During his freshman year at UWM, the 19-year-old was ticketed for shoplifting food from a Milwaukee grocery store. As part of a plea bargain, Larson agreed to take a course in exchange for having the charges dropped. Before entering politics, Larson was business manager of a sporting goods store, which enabled him to become attuned to the needs of local businesses.
He owns a house in Bay View with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Atticus.
On September 14, 2010, Larson defeated incumbent Senator Jeffrey Plale in the Wisconsin Democratic primary election, contending that Plale was far too conservative for the district. Larson won by 7,962 (60.7%) to 5,148 (39.3%) for Plale.
During Larson's Senate career PolitiFact Wisconsin has ruled on seven of Larson's statements for accuracy. PolitiFact has ruled Larson Mostly False on six of his statements and Pants On Fire false on the seventh.
2011 Wisconsin protests
During the protests in Wisconsin, Larson, along with the 13 other Democratic State Senators, fled the state to deny the State Senate a quorum on Governor Scott Walker's controversial "Budget Repair" legislation. All 14 returned on March 12.
Larson is active in his community as a member of numerous neighborhood groups, including: South Side Business Club of Milwaukee, Airport Area Economic Development Group, Coalition for Advancing Transit Steering Committee, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Young Elected Officials, Humboldt Park Watch, South Shore Park Watch, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Historical Society, Bay View Lions Club, Lake Park Friends, Thomas More Alumni Club, Arbor Day Foundation, Badgerland Striders, Tri-Wisconsin and MPTV Friends.
- Bice, Daniel. "Candidate's old shoplifting bust surfaces." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 16, 2008
- Wisconsin State Blue Book 2013-2014. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. 2013. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-9752820-6-9.
- "Senator Larson Legislative Homepage". senatorchrislarson.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Stein, Jason. "Larson unseats Plale in state Senate race: He will face Republican Ripp in general election in 7th District" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 14, 2010
- Fortis, Louis and Lisa Kaiser. "And the Candidates Are…: A preview of the September primary matchups" Shepherd Express July 21, 2010
- "Fall 2010 primary election results" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 14, 2010
- Stein, Jason and Annysa Johnson. "Republicans take over state Senate, Assembly: It's first time one party wins both houses since 1938" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel November 3, 2010
- Tolan, Tom. "Larson wins 7th Senate District race." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel November 2, 2010
- "Chris Larson's Polifact file:"
- "Wisconsin Democrats could stay away for weeks" WRAL-TV February 18, 2011
- State of Wisconsin Blue Book. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. 2013. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-975-2820-6-9. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Senator Chris Larson at the Wisconsin State Legislature
- Chris Larson official campaign site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart