Michael J. Sheridan

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Mike Sheridan
Michael J. Sheridan 2009.jpg
Sheridan in 2009
98th Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Preceded by Michael Huebsch
Succeeded by Jeff Fitzgerald
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 44th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Wayne Wood
Succeeded by Joe Knilans
Personal details
Born (1958-09-17) September 17, 1958 (age 58)
Janesville, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Residence Janesville, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Rock County
Occupation Auto worker
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael J. 'Mike' Sheridan (born September 17, 1958) is a former Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, the lower house of the Wisconsin legislature, and a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, who represented the 44th Assembly District from 2005 to 2011.[1] He was a member of the Committees on Rules and Assembly Organization and was elected to serve as Speaker by the Democratic caucus on November 12, 2008, following the November 4, 2008 election in which the Democratic Party gained a majority in the Assembly.[2]

Sheridan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. He attended George S. Parker High School from which he graduated in 1977. He later earned his associate degree at University of Wisconsin–Rock County in 2004. Before entering politics he worked as an auto assembly worker for General Motors Janesville Assembly, during which he was an active member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 95, of which he has been President.

In March 2007, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on a bill sponsored by Sheridan and State Rep. Eugene Hahn of Cambria, Wisconsin that would offer a $1,000 tax credit for buyers of flex-fuel vehicles, representing a benefit for the automobile and ethanol industries. Hahn was reported to have an investment in an ethanol company, and Sheridan's position at the UAW was highlighted.[3] The Janesville Gazette editorialized that the Janesville economy was dependent on the success of the GM plant, and "arguably his biggest concern. Voters expect him to fight for GM's interests at the Capitol."[4]

In February 2010, Sheridan admitted dating a lobbyist for payday lenders at a time when the Wisconsin Legislature was debating regulating the industry.[5] On November 2, 2010, Sheridan was defeated for reelection.[6] In April 2014, Sheridan announced he would run for the Wisconsin State Senate seat being vacated by Tim Cullen.[7] On August 12, 2014, Sheridan came in a weak third in the Democratic primary election, behind former Cullen aide Austin Scieszinski and the winner, State Representative Janis Ringhand.[8][9]


Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Wayne Wood
Wisconsin State Representative - 44th District
2005 – 2011
Succeeded by
Joe Knilans

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