Chris Larson

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Chris Larson
Chris Larson 2010.jpg
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Jeffrey Plale
Personal details
Born (1980-11-12) November 12, 1980 (age 33)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
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[edit]

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.[1] Before entering politics, Larson was business manager of a sporting goods store, which enabled him to become attuned to the needs of local businesses.[2]

He owns a house in Bay View with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Atticus.

An avid runner, Larson has completed 25 marathons and has a long-term goal of running a marathon in every state.[3]

Wisconsin Senate[edit]

On September 14, 2010, Larson defeated incumbent Senator Jeffrey Plale in the Wisconsin Democratic primary election,[4] contending that Plale was far too conservative for the district.[5] Larson won by 7,962 (60.7%) to 5,148 (39.3%) for Plale.[6]

Larson subsequently defeated Republican Jesse Ripp on November 2, 2010.[7] He turned 30 the week after the election, and was the youngest member of the Senate.[8]

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.[9]

2011 Wisconsin protests[edit]

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.[10]

Community involvement[edit]

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.[11]


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