Kathryn Morrison (legislator)

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Kathryn Morrison (May 22, 1942 – June 30, 2013)[1] was an American educator and Democratic Party politician who was the first woman to be elected to serve in the Wisconsin Senate. Morrison was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated from Madison East High School.[2] Morrison was elected November 1974, seated January 1975 and served one term representing the 17th District.[3][4]

After leaving the Wisconsin State Senate Morrison pursued a career in health care administration with the United States Government, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the March of Dimes. She published about the topic of health care economics. Morrison had a BA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[5]


At the time Morrison was elected to a seat in the Wisconsin Senate, she was an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.[6] In the book, What Two Can Do: Sam & Mandy Stellman's crusade for social justice, the author discuss the events and political environment that led to Morrisons's decision to run for the Senate seat.[7]

After leaving the Senate, she served for a time in the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a Deputy Commissioner of the Department on Aging, and was Administrator of the Division of Health in Wisconsin.[5]

New York City Health and Hospital Corporation[edit]

Morrison was the Chief Financial Officer of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation which runs the public hospital system in New York City.[5]

March of Dimes[edit]

Morrison was the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the March of Dimes, a not for profit organization focused on preventing birth defects and infant mortality.[5]


She died in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, on June 30, 2013.[8]


  • Morrison, Kathryn, "Internal Budgeting at HHC" (1992) in Public hospital systems in New York and Paris. New York: New York University Press.


  1. ^ Kathyrn Morrison, state's first women senator, dead at 71, Wisconsin State Journal, Jeff Glaze, July 2, 2013
  2. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society-Kathyrn Morrison
  3. ^ Cannon, A. Peter (March 2003). "Wisconsin Women Legislators-A Historical List" (PDF). Wisconsin Briefs. Wisconsin: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (Brief 03-6): 1, 2, 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Friederich, Charles (5 September 1980). "Republicans seek to oust Radosevich". The Milwaukee Journal - Voters' Guide. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Board Members". About The Transition Network: People. New York, New York: The Transition Network, Inc. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Stokes, Bill (8 November 1974). "Red, White, and Blue Years". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Newspapers, Inc. p. 1. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Roerden, Chris. (2000) What Two Can Do: Sam & Mandy Stellman's crusade for social justice. Oregon, Wis: Badger Books. Pages 13, 220. Accessed on 29 March, 2010
  8. ^ Kathryn Morrison, First Woman in State Senate, Passes Away