Tamara Grigsby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tamara Grigsby
Tamara Grigsby.jpg
Grigsby in 2009
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 18th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1974-11-19)November 19, 1974
Pullman, Washington
Died March 14, 2016(2016-03-14) (aged 41)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Howard University,
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Profession social worker, university professor

Tamara D. Grigsby (November 19, 1974 – March 14, 2016) was a social worker and former university professor from Wisconsin, who served as a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 18th Assembly District, from 2005 until 2013.


Grigsby graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin; she received her bachelor's degree from Howard University and received her master's degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison in social work. Grigsby taught at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Carroll University, and Cardinal Stritch University and was a social worker and family counselor.[1]

Legislative service[edit]

Grigsby was first elected to the Assembly in 2004 to succeed fellow Democrat Lena Taylor, winning the September Democratic primary election by an absolute majority (3,231 votes to 1,820 for her two opponents), and facing no opposition in the general election.[2] She was assigned to the standing committees on children and families; criminal justice and homeland security; on public health; and on tourism.[3] She was unopposed for re-election in both primary and general elections in 2006,[4] 2008[5] and 2010.[6]

Illness and death[edit]

Grigsby's staff announced on December 22, 2011, that she was hospitalized in intensive care, battling cancer.[7] In April 2012, Grigsby announced she would be retiring from the Assembly to recover her strength.[8] She died on March 14, 2016.[9]


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-2012,' Biographical Sketch of Tamara Grigsby, pg. 31
  2. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2005-2006; pp. 924, 928
  3. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2005-2006; p. 31
  4. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008; pp. 918, 921
  5. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010;pp. 920, 923
  6. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-2012; pp. 903, 907
  7. ^ "State Rep. Tamara Grigsby in intensive care, fighting unknown illness". WTMJ-TV. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  8. ^ 'Two State Legislators Plan To Retire,' La Crosse Tribune, April 18, 2012, p. B-2.
  9. ^ Jeff Glaze. "Former state Rep. Tamara Grigsby dead at 41". Wisconsin State Journal, March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.

External links[edit]