Tom Ament

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F. Thomas Ament
Milwaukee County Executive
In office
1992 – February 26, 2002
Preceded by Dave Schultz
Succeeded by Janine Geske
Personal details
Born Francis Thomas Ament
(1937-11-17)November 17, 1937
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died March 10, 2014(2014-03-10) (aged 76)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Residence Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alma mater Marquette University

Francis Thomas "Tom" Ament (November 17, 1937-March 10, 2014) was the Democratic County Executive of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, from 1992–2002.

He graduated from Marquette University High School in 1955, earned his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 1959 and his law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1962. He was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. He was selected as board chairman in 1976, and stayed on the board until he defeated Joseph Czarnezki to become county executive in 1992, replacing one-term legislator Dave Schultz.[citation needed]

After a scandal over pensions for county employees, an effort was by mounted by Citizens for Responsible Government in early 2002 to recall Ament.[1] The group collected over 100,000 petition signatures to force a recall election. On February 21, 2002, Ament announced his retirement effective February 26 at a Milwaukee County Board meeting. By retiring instead of resigning, Ament remained eligible to claim his own pension.[2] He was replaced by Janine Geske on an interim basis and by Scott Walker, a Republican, following a special election.


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  2. ^ "Tom Ament Announces Retirement". WISN-TV. 2002-02-21. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
Preceded by
Dave Schulz
Milwaukee County Executive
1992 - 2002
Succeeded by
Janine Geske