|16th Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
May 1, 1989 – May 1, 1991
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||James Abdnor|
|Succeeded by||Pat Saiki|
|Member of the Wisconsin Senate|
from the 33rd district
April 1980 – January 1989
|Preceded by||Roger Murphy|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Farrow|
March 18, 1952|
Brookfield, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA, JD)|
Born in Brookfield, Wisconsin, she graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1970. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1974 and received a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1981.
Engeleiter was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1974. At age 22, she was the youngest woman ever elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. She served in the Assembly until January 1979, having decided against running for re-election in 1978 and instead, sought the congressional seat being vacated by Bob Kasten, who decided to run for Wisconsin governor. Engeleiter lost the primary to then-State Senator Jim Sensenbrenner by 589 votes. In April 1980, Engeleiter was elected in a special election to the Wisconsin State Senate. There she served as Assistant Minority Leader from 1982 to 1984, and as Minority Leader from 1984 to 1989.
1988 U.S. Senate campaign
Engeleiter ran for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by William Proxmire in 1988. In the primary election, she defeated state GOP chairman Steve King. King had labeled Engeleiter a moderate, while touting his conservative credentials. Engeleiter faced Democrat Herb Kohl, former chairman of the state Democratic Party, in the November general election. On November 2, 1988, as polls showed Engeleiter and Kohl running neck-to-neck, President Ronald Reagan visited Milwaukee to headline a campaign rally and fundraiser for Engeleiter. Engeleiter lost the race to Kohl, by a 52% to 48% margin.
In January 1989, President George H.W. Bush nominated Engeleiter to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served in that position until 1991, the first woman to hold the position.
After leaving the SBA, Engeleiter served as Vice-President of Government Affairs at Honeywell from 1992 to 1998. At Honeywell, she handled legislative and regulatory efforts in energy, environmental, and procurement areas. She represented Honeywell on several industry association boards and on United States government agency advisory boards.
|Republican||Robert C. Brunner||9,746||14.26|
- Goldman, T.R., "The Man With The Iron Gavel", Legal Times, May 2, 2005.
- Susan Shannon Engeleiter, Wisconsin Historical Society
- University of Texas archives
|Wisconsin State Senate|
| Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 33rd district
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
| Administrator of the Small Business Administration