Born Milwaukee, May 19, 1954; married; 3 children. Graduate Bay View H.S. 1972; B.S. Nursing UW-Madison 1976; M.S. Psychiatric nursing U. of Rochester (NY) 1981; M.A. Bioethics Medical Coll. of Wisconsin 1999. Full-time legislator. Former assistant professor Columbia College of Nursing; clinical nurse specialist; community health nurse. Member: American Public Health Assn.; Wis. Nurses Assn.; National Alliance on Mental Illness (fmr. pres.); American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; NCSL Health Com.; Midwest CSG Health and Human Services Com.; Wis. Women’s Council; UW Population Health Institute Advisory Bd.; City of Milw. Flooding Study Task Force; Milwaukee Legislative Caucus (chp.). Former member: Hope House (bd. mbr., secy.); American Red Cross – Southeastern Wis. Recipient: Milwaukee Shepard Express Best State Legislator 2011; Wis. Psychiatric Assn. Friend of the WPA Award 2011; HealthWatch Wis. Elected Official of the Year 2010; Wis. Public Health Assn. Legislator of the Year 2010; Nat’l. Alliance on Mental Illness – Greater Milw. Legislator of the Year 2010; Nat’l. Assn. of Social Workers – Wis. Chapter Public Service Award 2010; Wis. Nurses Assn. Service to the WNA Award 2010; Wis. Dietetic Assn. Leadership in Nutrition Awareness Award 2010; Wis. Academy of Family Physicians Friend of Family Physicians 2010; Wis. League of Conservation Voters Conservation Champion 2010; Wis. Soc. of Anesthesiologists Excellence in Government Award 2010; Equality Wis. Equal Rights Champion 2009.
Elected to Assembly 2008; reelected since 2010. Assistant Minority Leader 2013, 2011 (eff. 2/15/12).