Mahlon Mitchell

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Mahlon Mitchell
Mahlon Mitchell March 2012.jpg
Personal details
Born (1977-02-24) February 24, 1977 (age 40)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) April Mitchell
Alma mater Mount Senario College
Website Official website

Mahlon Mitchell (born February 24, 1977)[1] is an American firefighter, politician, and current President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Assuming the office on January 12, 2011, he became the youngest and first African American president of the organization.[2] In addition to serving as the President of the PFFW, he still has a host of other commitments including being the president of the "Sable Flames," the African American firefighters of the City of Madison Fire Department.


Prior to his election as President of the Fire Fighter's Association, Mitchell served as a firefighter for more than fifteen years in Madison, Wisconsin.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant in 2010.[4] Lt. Mitchell was soon sought out by the national media as a critic of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining changes, which prompted weeks of demonstrations in Madison.[5]

In late October 2011, a movement to draft him to run against Walker for the office of Governor of Wisconsin surfaced on the internet. In response, Mitchell stated he would consider running in a potential recall election.[6][7]

On March 19, 2012, Mitchell announced his candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in a recall election against Rebecca Kleefisch.[8] but was defeated in the June 5, 2012 election.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. He is married with two children.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin lieutenant governor recall election, 2012 results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rebecca Kleefisch (Incumbent) 1,301,739 52.9
Democratic Mahlon Mitchell 1,156,520 47.1
Total votes 2,458,259 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ Mahlon Mitchell About. Mahlon Mitchell Resume. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Dahmer, A. David (Jan 12, 2011). "Madisonian becomes first Black president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin". Madison Times. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ About Mahlon Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Organizational Chart, Madison Fire Dept." (PDF). 2011-06-20. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Potential recall candidate says Walker gave companies two years of no taxes". PolitiFact Wisconsin. November 3, 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Walker, Don (28 October 2011). "Mahlon Mitchell for governor campaign launched". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Another Possible Candidate Eyes Recall Run For Governor". Channel 3000 CBS News. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Mux, Lisa. "Mahlon Mitchell to make announcement on 3/19". Blogging Blue. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  9. ^ About Mahlon,; retrieved March 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Wisconsin Recall Election Results Map". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

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