Martin J. Schreiber

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Martin J. Schreiber
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39th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
July 6, 1977 – January 4, 1979
Preceded by Patrick Lucey
Succeeded by Lee S. Dreyfus
38th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 4, 1971 – July 6, 1977
Governor Patrick Lucey
Preceded by Jack B. Olson
Succeeded by Russell Olson
Member of the Wisconsin State Senate from the 6th District
In office
Succeeded by Monroe Swan
Personal details
Born Martin James Schreiber
(1939-04-08) April 8, 1939 (age 78)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elaine Thaney Schreiber
Relations Martin E. Schreiber (father)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Marquette University

Martin James "Marty" Schreiber (born April 8, 1939) is an American politician, publisher, and lobbyist, the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and (following the resignation of Governor Patrick Lucey), the 39th Governor of Wisconsin from 1977 to 1979.

Early life and education[edit]

Schreiber was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father Martin E. Schreiber was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (1941–1944), and later a member of the Milwaukee Common Council (1944 to 1976). The younger Schreiber attended the youth government and leadership program Badger Boys State in 1956 as a representative chosen from his high school. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1956–60) where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity; and earned a law degree from the law school at Marquette University in 1964.[1]

Political career[edit]

A Democrat, Schreiber served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1963 to 1971. During his political career, Schreiber focused on education, children’s issues, consumer protection, and the rights of workers and the elderly.

In 1970, Schreiber was elected lieutenant governor on the Lucey-Schreiber ticket. In July 1977, following the resignation of Lucey to become the United States ambassador to Mexico, Schreiber succeeded him as Governor for the remainder of their four-year term. In the 1978 election, Schreiber faced a divisive primary challenge by developer David Carley. In the general election, political newcomer Lee S. Dreyfus, a populist Republican and skilled orator, waged an unconventional campaign and successfully attacked the Lucey-Schreiber record on taxes and big government. Schreiber lost 54% to 44%.

Following the election, Schreiber moved to Stevens Point, WI and became vice-president of Sentry Insurance. He ran for the governor's office again in 1982, campaigning against Anthony S. Earl, former head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He did not get past the Democratic primary election and returned to Sentry Insurance.[2]

Schreiber ran again for office in 1988, seeking the mayoralty of Milwaukee, but was defeated by John Norquist.[3]

In 1988, after leaving state government, Schreiber formed his own public affairs consulting firm, becoming a successful lobbyist.[4]

Family life[edit]

In 1961 Schreiber married Elaine Thaney and they have four children. He also serves on the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees. His wife, Elaine, is a former Milwaukee public-school teacher.


  1. ^ State of Wisconsin Blue Book. Legislative Reference Bureau, 1973. p. 4. 
  2. ^ Hannan, Caryn. Wisconsin Biographical Dictionary. North American Book Dist LLC, Dec 1, 2008. p. 368. 
  3. ^ Rogers Worthington, "Norquist Milwaukee`s Mayor," Chicago Tribune, April 7, 1988. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  4. ^

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick J. Lucey
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Lee S. Dreyfus
Preceded by
Jack B. Olson
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Russell Olson