Lisa Subeck

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State Representative

Lisa Subeck
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 78th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Preceded byBrett Hulsey
Personal details
Born (1971-06-17) June 17, 1971 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

Lisa Subeck (born June 17, 1971) is an American politician. She is a Democratic Representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Subeck graduated from Rich Central High School. She then graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, she worked as the Executive Director of United Wisconsin. Before that, she worked as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin; as a Program Coordinator for the YWCA's housing and homelessness programs; and as a Program Manager with the Head Start and Early Head Start program.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Subeck is a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 78th District on the far west side of Madison. She previously served on the Madison Common Council, representing the 1st district, which covers the southwest corner of the City.[3]

Madison Common Council[edit]

Subeck was elected to her first term on the Madison Common Council on April 8, 2011, beating Brian Driscoll by 2573 votes to 1837 (58% to 41%). There was no incumbent in the race. She had previously run in 2005 for the same position and lost in the April general election to Jed Sanborn, 1033 votes to 714 (59% to 41%).[citation needed]

In 2011, Subeck and fellow Alder Matthew Phair introduced a series of budget amendments to address crime, gang and drug violence in the Southwest section of Madison. The budget amendments included $30,000 for police overtime as part of a community safety initiative, $900,000 for the purchase and rehabilitation of a vacant restaurant building for a community center, funding for a spray park, and $60,000 for an additional building inspector to work in deteriorating neighborhoods.[4] A majority of the items were passed in the 2012 budget. A spray park opened at Elver Park in 2014,[5] and after two years of negotiations, the City of Madison purchased the former Griff's restaurant and is developing final plans for its use to focus on youth, job training, and employment.[6]

In January 2012, Subeck joined five other alders in calling for fellow Alder Solomon to resign over allegations he sexually harassed and assaulted an assistant city clerk in January 2012. After a lengthy investigation the city’s civil rights office found no proof that Solomon had sexually harassed the assistant city clerk and determined not to press charges.[7] Solomon remained in office.

In 2013, Subeck worked with the Mayor to lead an effort to pass new campaign finance disclosure rules that exceed what is required by state law, requiring corporations and other entities making independent expenditures to disclose not only their campaign spending but also their donors who contributed to expenditures for or against a candidate in a city election.[8]

Wisconsin State Assembly[edit]

On November 4, 2014, Subeck was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly as a Democrat.[9][1] She won a Democratic Primary against fellow City Council member Mark Clear[10] before running uncontested in the general election. Subeck was reelected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2016.[11]


  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Milwaukee, Urban. "Lisa Subeck". Urban Milwaukee.
  3. ^ "District 1 Alder Lisa Subeck". Retrieved July 30, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Proposed Budget Amendments for Southwest Madison Neighborhoods". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "Madison Parks' Newest Splash Parks Opening at Elver & Reindahl Parks". City of Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  6. ^ Tajanko, Darius. "City of Madison - File #: 34536". Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  7. ^ Mosiman, Dean (January 5, 2012). "Group calls for Solomon to resign". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Madison is right to lead on campaign reform". (Editorial). The Cap Times. October 2, 2013. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  9. ^ "WI-Uncontested". WKOW TV. AP. November 4, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Times, Jessie Opoien. "Subeck defeats Clear in 78th Assembly District primary".
  11. ^ "2017 Wisconsin Representatives". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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