Mary Lazich

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Mary Lazich
Mary Lazich 2009.JPG
President of the Wisconsin Senate
In office
January 5, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Michael Ellis
Succeeded by Roger Roth
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 28th district
In office
April 1998 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Lynn Adelman
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 84th district
In office
January 1993 – April 1998
Preceded by Marc Duff
Succeeded by Mark Gundrum
Personal details
Born (1952-10-03) October 3, 1952 (age 65)
Loyal, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mary Lazich (born October 3, 1952) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 28th District since a special election in April 1998. She was elected as president of the Wisconsin Senate in January 2015, the first female ever elected to that position. She was previously a member of the Wisconsin Assembly from 1992 through 1998.

On March 21, 2016, Lazich announced that she would not run for re-election in 2016.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lazich received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, graduating summa cum laude. She was a New Berlin city councilwoman from 1986 through 1992, and a Waukesha County Board supervisor from 1990 through 1993.

In 2004, Lazich was criticized for lying about her vote for Senate Majority Leader.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin State Senate District 28 election, 2000[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mary Lazich 61,366 67.48%
Democratic Kathleen S. Arciszewski 29,519 32.46%
Scattering 60 .06%
Wisconsin State Senate District 28 election, 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mary Lazich 73,899 99.27%
Scattering 544 .73%
Wisconsin State Senate District 28 election, 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mary Lazich 74,951 99.24%
Scattering 571 .76%
Wisconsin State Senate District 28 election, 2012[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mary Lazich 60,854 63.4%
Democratic Jim Ward 35,053 36.5%
Scattering 103 .1%

2011 recall attempt[edit]

Senator Lazich was the subject of a recall attempt as part of the 2011 Wisconsin protests due to her support of Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill that repeals collective bargaining on benefits for public employees.[7] However, the recall attempt failed to get enough signatures to be put on the ballot.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Laurel (March 21, 2016). "Wisconsin Senate President Mary Lazich Won't Seek Re-Election". Wisconsin Public Radio News. 
  2. ^ Masse, Ryan (November 16, 2004). "Senator admits to lying about vote". The Badger Herald. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/07/2000; State Senate, District No. 28". Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 30, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 10, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/02/2004; State Senate, District No. 28". Wisconsin State Elections Board. December 1, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 10, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/04/2008; State Senate, District No. 28". Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/06/2012; State Senate, District No. 28" (PDF). Ballotpedia. November 30, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Committee to Recall Lazich". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. March 9, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Tolan, Tom (May 2, 2011). "Grothman, Lazich recall efforts fall short on signatures". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 

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