Mary Lazich

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Mary Lazich
Mary Lazich 2009.JPG
President of the Wisconsin Senate
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Michael Ellis
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 28th district
Assumed office
April 1998
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 63)
Loyal, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mary Lazich (born October 3, 1952) is 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" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 30, 2000. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/02/2004; State Senate, District No. 28" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. December 1, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fall General Election – 11/04/2008; State Senate, District No. 28" (PDF). Wisconsin State Elections Board. November 24, 2008. 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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