State Representative Melissa Sargent
State Representative Melissa Sargent was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a proud graduate of East High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Representative Sargent was first elected in November 2012, and is currently serving in her third term in the Wisconsin State Legislature. She represents the 48th Assembly District, which encompasses the East and North sides of the city of Madison and the village of Maple Bluff.
Representative Sargent is a strong progressive voice in the Wisconsin State Legislature. During her tenure, Representative Sargent has fought for legislation raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage, providing equitable access to menstrual hygiene products, legalizing marijuana, empowering survivors of sexual assault, protecting privacy rights, among many other important issues.
For the 2017-2018 legislative session, Representative Sargent serves on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, the Assembly Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Utilities, Mental Health, and Small Business Development, and the Assembly Ways and Means Subcommittee on Personal and Corporate Income Taxes.
Prior to her election to the State Legislature, Representative Sargent was elected to two terms on the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and 2012, respectively. In addition to her work in the State Legislature, Representative Sargent owns and manages OPA Color, LLC, a small business dedicated to high quality art reproduction utilizing giclee printing. A lifelong Madison resident, Representative Sargent lives with her husband and four sons on the Northside--one of her sons attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the other three sons attend public schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
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
Representative Sargent 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. Representative Sargent was also a founding member of MRFY (Make Room For Youth), an advocacy group for homeless, unaccompanied youth.