Margaret Farrow

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Margaret Farrow
Member of the UW System Board of Regents
Assumed office
June 18, 2013
Governor Scott Walker
Preceded by Judith Crane
42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
May 9, 2001 - January 6, 2003
Governor Scott McCallum
Preceded by Scott McCallum
Succeeded by Barbara Lawton
Member of the Wisconsin State Senate from the 33rd District
In office
January 2, 1989 - May 9, 2001
Preceded by Susan Engeleiter
Succeeded by Ted Kanavas
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 99th District
In office
January 6, 1986 - January 2, 1989
Preceded by John M. Young
Succeeded by Frank Urban
Personal details
Born (1934-11-28) November 28, 1934 (age 82)
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John Farrow
Profession Teacher, Realtor

Margaret A. Farrow (born November 28, 1934) was the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and the first woman to hold the office. She was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois for one year before receiving her B.A. from Marquette University.[1][2] She is a current member of the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System.[3]


Elected office (1971-2003)[edit]

Farrow served on the Elm Grove, Wisconsin Board of Appeals from 1971-1974 and the Village Board from 1976-1987, spending the last five years of her tenure as president. After her time with the Village Board, Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, and later the Wisconsin State Senate, from a district comprising most of Waukesha County, Wisconsin.[4][5] The first female lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, Farrow was appointed to the position after then-Lieutenant Governor Scott McCallum was elevated to the office of governor upon the departure of Gov. Tommy Thompson to join the administration of George W. Bush in January 2001.[6]

As Lieutenant Governor, she served as chair of the Governor’s Work-Based Learning Board, co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Invasive Species, and chair of the Wisconsin’s Women’s Council. Farrow authored and served as vice chair of the SAVE Commission and was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to serve on the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century.[7] Farrow also served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Passenger Rail.[8]

McCallum and Farrow ran for a full four-year term in 2002, but their Republican ticket lost the race to Democrat Jim Doyle.[9][10]

Post-Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Farrow was publicly touted by Mark Neumann as the best candidate to take on Democrat Russ Feingold in 2004. Without putting her name forward for consideration, she won a straw poll at the 2003 Republican State Convention.[11] During the 2008 campaign, she was a member of the "Palin Truth Squad" for the McCain Campaign.[12]

She is chairman of the board of directors of WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, Inc., which produces the Wisconsin equivalent of C-SPAN.[13] In 2010, WCAN (Waukesha County Action Network), the advocacy organization Farrow had created, combined with the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce to create the Waukesha County Business Alliance, a county-wide chamber of commerce representing over 1,100 member businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Farrow currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Policy Board of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.[14]

Farrow and her husband are now residents of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In 2010, her son Paul Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly and then to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012.[15] In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.[16]


Political offices
Preceded by
Scott McCallum
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Barbara Lawton
Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Susan Engeleiter
Wisconsin State Senator – 33rd District
1989 – 2001
Succeeded by
Ted Kanavas
Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
John M. Young
Wisconsin State Assemblyman – 99th District
1986 – 1989
Succeeded by
Frank Urban