John Medinger

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John D. Medinger
39th Mayor of La Crosse, WI
In office
April 15, 1997 – April 19, 2005
Preceded by Patrick Zielke
Succeeded by Mark Johnsrud
Wisconsin 95th District Assembly
In office
Preceded by Paul Offner
Succeeded by Mark Meyer
14th District La Crosse County Supervisor
In office
Preceded by Mitzi Parr
Personal details
Born (1948-04-26) April 26, 1948 (age 68)
Spouse(s) Dee Medinger
Alma mater Wisconsin-La Crosse
Occupation Associate Lecturer of Political Science
Profession Teacher, Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

John Donald Medinger (born April 26, 1948) is an American politician, teacher, and businessman.


Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Medinger graduated from Aquinas High School. Medinger received his bachelor's and master's degree from University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. He was a teacher, gas station operator, and a volunteer in VISTA.[1]

Political life[edit]

Medinger was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1976, as a Democrat, representing the 95th district and served in that post for 16 years. He eventually became Assistant Majority Leader of the Assembly.[2]

After he left the Assembly in 1992, he worked for United States Senator Russ Feingold until 1996. In the spring of 1997, after the retirement of longtime La Crosse Mayor Patrick Zielke, Medinger ran for mayor. He won the election over political newcomer Dan Herber. In 2001, he won reelection in a landslide over alderman Gerald Every. In 2005, he retired from the Mayor's Office.[3]

After leaving the mayor's Office, Medinger worked in U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's La Crosse office. In December 2012 Medinger announced he would run again for La Crosse mayor in the spring of 2013,[4] but dropped out of the race a few days later.[5]


Medinger worked at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse as an associate lecturer of political science.[6]

Medinger then served as a member of the La Crosse County Board from 2006 until the spring of 2012. He also served as United States Senator Herb Kohl's La Crosse area representative.[7] Then he was hired to be United State Senator Tammy Baldwin's La Crosse's area representative.[8]


  1. ^ John Medinger, Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1991-1992,' Biographical Sketch of John Medinger, pg. 85
  3. ^
  4. ^ John Medinger To Run For Mayor Again
  5. ^ 'Medinger Dropping Out of Mayoral Race,' La Crosse Tribune, December 18, 2012
  6. ^ University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Office of Records and Registration (as of April 2007)
  7. ^ 'Medinger Dropping Out of Mayoral Race,' La Crosse Tribune, December 19, 2012
  8. ^ 'Medinger lands staff job with Baldwin, La Crosse Tribune, January 19, 2013