Meet Melissa

Early Life and Education:

Melissa Sargent was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and is proud graduate of East High School and UW-Madison.  

Professional Experience:

Melissa Sargent owns and manages OPA Color, LLC, a small business dedicated to high quality art reproduction utilizing Giclee printing. ( 

Wisconsin State Assembly:

 In November 2012, Sargent was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 48th Assembly district by winning 83% of the vote. The 48th Assembly District is made up of the north and east sides of Madison and the Village of Maple Bluff.

Melissa was elected by the incoming Democratic freshman as co-chair of the Freshman Democratic Caucus. She has been appointed to serve on 6 legislative committees including: Energy and Utilities, Aging and Long Term Care, Mental Health Reform, Financial Institutions, Small Business Development, Joint Legislative Audit Committee. ​

Public Service:

Melissa has served as PTO President of Gompers Elementary School. She has been a member of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Friends of Lake View Hill, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Wisconsin Business Alliance, River Alliance, Wild Warner, and Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Melissa was also a founding member of MRFY, an advocacy group for homeless, unaccompanied youth.

Melissa was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. In 2012 Sargent was appointed to be Chairwoman of the Dane County Health and Human Needs Committee. 

Melissa is a proud graduate of the Emerge-Wisconsin class of 2012.

Personal Life:

Married to Justin Sargent, the chief of staff for Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson, they live on Madison's Northside with their four sons, Devin (1998), Bailey (2000), Keanan (2005) and Trystan (2009). Their school aged sons attend the Madison Public Schools.

Awards and Recognitions 

Arc-Dane County - Elected Official of the Year - 2014

National Foundation of Women Legislators - Woman of Distinction - 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt Awards - Local Elected Official Nominee - 2013

Citizen Action of Wisconsin - Achievement Award - 2013

Women in Government - State Director - 2013

Women in Legislative Leadership - State Director - 2013