Cathy Zeuske

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Cathy Susan "Cate" Zeuske (born December 4, 1958),[1] is a Republican politician from Wisconsin, United States.[2] She is married to John Gard, who served as Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2003 until 2007.[3] They have two children.[1]

A native of Clintonville, Wisconsin, Zeuske graduated from Shawano High School and then attended McGill University. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] Prior to her political career, she worked as an insurance agent.[4]

Zeuske was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1982 at the age of 23, and served until 1991, having decided to forgo re-election and instead run against incumbent State Treasurer Charles Smith (D) in 1990. On November 6, 1990, Zeuske was elected Wisconsin State Treasurer,[2] but gave up her reelection bid in 1994 to compete in the Republican Senate primary for the opportunity to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. In the September primary, she lost the nomination to State Senator Robert Welch.

On November 8, 1994, Republican Jack Voight was elected as the new State Treasurer, while Senator Kohl went on to defeat State Senator Welch 58% to 41%.


  1. ^ a b c "Zeuske, Cathy S. (born 1958)". Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b Eagleton Institute of Politics. "Women in Elective Office - Historical Summary". Center for American Women and Politics. Rutgers University. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin 08". CNN. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Women Legislators − A Historical List" (PDF). Legislative Reference Bureau. Wisconsin State Legislature. January 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
Preceded by
Charles P. Smith
State Treasurer of Wisconsin
1991 – 1995
Succeeded by
Jack Voight