Joan Ballweg

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Joan Ballweg
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 41st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Luther Olsen
Mayor of Markesan, Wisconsin
In office
Personal details
Born (1952-03-16) March 16, 1952 (age 66)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Thomas Ballweg (m. 1974)
Children Jeffrey, Kristen, Becky
Residence Markesan, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Profession Teacher, business owner, politician
Website Official website

Joan Ballweg (née Gottinger; born March 16, 1952) is a Wisconsin politician and legislator, currently serving her third term as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 41st district. She is a member of the Republican Party.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1970 before attending the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha and receiving a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 1974.[2] She is married to Tom Ballweg, with whom she has four children.[3]


Ballweg worked as a first grade teacher from 1974 to 1976 in Memphis, Tennessee. She started Ballweg Implement Company, Inc. in December 1976 with her husband, Tom.[4] Ballweg served as an alderperson on the Markesan, Wisconsin Common Council from 1987 to 1991 and was the city's mayor from 1991 to 1997. Ballweg has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2005.[5] She serves on the following committees: Chair of Labor & Workforce Development, Colleges and Universities and State Affairs and Homeland Security. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Council and as a member of the Wisconsin Building Commission. In addition to her legislative assignments, she is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V Advisory Council.


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