Richard J. Phelps

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Richard J. "Rick" Phelps is an American politician from Wisconsin. Phelps served as Dane County, Wisconsin County Executive for nine years.

Background[edit]

Phelps received his bachelors and law degrees from University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1][2]

Dane County Executive[edit]

In 1988, Phelps ran in a special election for the office of Dane County, Wisconsin County Executive against Joe Wineke. Phelps defeated Wineke and then served as Dane County Executive 1988-1997 replacing Jonathan B. Barry who resigned. Phelps was the executive director of the Wisconsin Public Defenders at the time of his election serving from 1983-1988. After he left office, Phelps served as senior vice president of M&I Bank.[3][4]

Wisconsin Democratic Primary Congressional Election of 1998[edit]

In 1998, Phelps lost a race for the Democratic Party nomination for the Second Congressional District, finishing 2nd in a 4-way primary to Tammy Baldwin, who went on to win the House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Representative Scott Klug.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard J. Phelps
  2. ^ Rick Phelps Endorses Joe Parisi
  3. ^ The Pol vs. The Exec
  4. ^ 'County Executive Rick Phelps,' Wisconsin State Journal, January 25, 1996
  5. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1999-2000,' pg. 859