|Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 24th district
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Kevin Shibilski|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 71st district
January 2, 1999 – May 9, 2003
|Preceded by||William Murat|
|Succeeded by||Louis Molepske|
October 21, 1970 |
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point|
Julie M. Lassa (born October 21, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the 24th District since a special election in April 2003. She previously was a member of the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 71st District from 1998 through 2003.
Early life, education and career
Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Lassa graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School and went on to graduate with a B.S. in political science and public administration from UW-Stevens Point in 1993. She served as the executive director of the Plover Area Business Association and as the chair of the Portage County Democratic Party.
Lassa is a member of the Heart of Wisconsin Business and Economic Alliance, Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business and Professional Women, and the Portage County, Wisconsin Business Council. Lassa was elected as a member of the Dewey Town Board from 1993 to 1994.
She is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and the Chair of the Special Committee on Performance-Based Disease Management Programs for Large Population. She also serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Children and Families and Workforce Development, Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief and Revenue, Senate Committee on Finance, Joint Committee on Finance, and the Special Committee on Review of State School Aid Formula.
2011 Wisconsin protests
During the protests in Wisconsin, Lassa, along with the 13 other Democratic State Senators, left the state to deny the State Senate a quorum on Governor Scott Walker's controversial "Budget Repair" legislation.
2010 U.S. Congressional campaign
Lassa ran against Republican nominee Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, held by retiring Dave Obey. She was endorsed by Mike Tate, the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Duffy defeated Lassa with a strong showing in the November 2010 general election.
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- Senator Julie Lassa at the Wisconsin State Legislature
- Julie Lassa official campaign site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions (2008) at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
- 24th Senate District, Senator Lassa in the Wisconsin Blue Book (2005–2006)