January 4, 2019


Hello, I’m State Representative Joan Ballweg.

With 2018 coming to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the things we accomplished outside of legislation.

I started off the year announcing my 14th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship where I award five $500 scholarships to local high school seniors. One of the winners, Tanner Weber, went on to become the first wrestler from Markesan to win state championships.

I moved into the role of Council of State Governments Chair-Elect. At our recent national conference, I gave a presentation on early child care and education. I look forward to my enhanced leadership role in 2019.

The Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus sponsored two presentations, one featured the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative and another, Milwaukee’s Penfield Children’s Center. To kick off the 2019-2020 session on January 17th, We have a meeting presented by Dr. Lonnie Berger.

To keep up to date with what I’m working on in 2019, make sure to follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my weekly e-updates. Thanks for watching, have a great Wisconsin New Year!

Committee Assignments 

I am excited to announce that for the 2019-2020 session, I will continue my roles as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform.  I have also been appointed a member of the following committees: Children and Families, Colleges and Universities, Jobs and the Economy, Joint Legislative Council, International Affairs and Commerce, Mental Health, Rules and Tourism.

Alice in Dairyland Applications Open

As one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry. Individuals interested in applying to become the next “Alice” – the 72nd to hold the yearlong position – are invited to submit applications through Thursday, February 4, 2019.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets throughout the state; writes and delivers speeches at events large and small; and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations and networking with industry professionals. Alice must also learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information to educate both urban and rural audiences.

Alice in Dairyland is an honored guest and speaker at many notable Wisconsin events including State Fair, World Dairy Expo, county fairs and dairy breakfasts, conferences and more. Alice manages scores of television and radio interviews each year, and has a daily presence on multiple social media platforms. This public relations position is the premier spokesperson opportunity for a professional eager to step into the limelight to promote Wisconsin agriculture.

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have an interest in Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing, education or public relations; and public speaking experience. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 3, 2019. The position holder is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation and sick leave as well as use of a vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To apply, submit an application form, cover letter, resume and three professional references to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019. Application materials are available at

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview Feb. 15. Top candidates will be required to attend a two-day program briefing and press announcement March 14-15, and the three-day final interview process at which the new Alice will be selected will be held May 9-11, 2019 in Green County.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Alice in Dairyland Program Director Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or

Evidence Based Health Policy Project Briefing on Suicide Prevention Among Youth 

On December 12th, I had the opportunity to give the opening remarks for the EBHPP briefing on suicide prevention. I am thankful to be a part of this important conversation and look forward to discussing this topic more in the upcoming session. 


To view the presentation, click: here:

Local Events

January 5, 2019: 

12th Annual Friendship Christmas Bird Count 
Southern Adams County
Friendship, WI 53934


January 9, 2019: 

Around the Corner with John McGivern Watch Party 
Vines & Rushes Winery 
410 County Rd. E
Ripon, WI 54971 




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