Margaret Farrow

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Margaret Farrow
42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
Governor Scott McCallum
Preceded by Scott McCallum
Succeeded by Barbara Lawton
Personal details
Born (1934-11-28) November 28, 1934 (age 79)
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John Farrow
Profession Teacher / Realtor

Margaret Farrow (born November 28, 1934) is a former state senator, who also served as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. She was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois for one year before receiving her B.A. from Marquette University.[1]

The first female lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, Farrow was appointed to the position after then-Lieutenant Governor Scott McCallum was elevated to governor upon the departure of Gov. Tommy Thompson to join the administration of George W. Bush in January 2001.

McCallum and Farrow ran for a full 4-year term in 2002, but their Republican ticket lost the race to Democrat Jim Doyle.

Prior to being appointed lieutenant governor, Farrow was president of the Elm Grove, Wisconsin Village Board. After her term with the Village Board, Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, and later the Wisconsin State Senate, from a district comprising most of Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Farrow was publicly touted by 1998 GOP Senate nominee Mark Neumann as the best candidate to take-on Democrat Russ Feingold in 2004. Without putting her name forward for consideration, she won a straw poll at the 2003 Republican State Convention. However, she opted to not run, and instead was active in the Wisconsin efforts of the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush. During the 2008 campaign, she was a member of the "Palin Truth Squad" for the McCain campaign.

Farrow and her husband are now residents of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She is chairman of the board of directors of WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, Inc., which produces the Wisconsin equivalent of C-SPAN. In 2010, WCAN (Waukesha County Action Network), the advocacy organization Farrow had created, combined with the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce to create the Waukesha County Business Alliance, a county-wide chamber of commerce representing over 900 member businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Farrow currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Policy Board of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

In 2010, her son Paul Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly and then elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Farrow, Margaret A. 1934". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ Jesse Garza (2010-11-02). "Farrow wins in 98th Assembly District". JSOnline. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Scott McCallum
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Barbara Lawton
Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Susan Engeleiter
Wisconsin State Senator – 33rd District
1989 – 2001
Succeeded by
Ted Kanavas
Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assemblyman – 99th District
1986 – 1989
Succeeded by
Frank Urban