Representative Peter Barca is a lifelong citizen of Kenosha and Somers. He currently serves as the Assembly Minority Leader and is the representative from the 64th Assembly District, which includes much of the City of Kenosha and portions of the City of Racine, Town of Somers, Village of Mount Pleasant and Village of Elmwood Park.
Representative Barca returned to the state legislature in 2009, representing the district he had previously held from 1985 until 1993. When Congressman Les Aspin was appointed Secretary of Defense in 1993, Representative Barca won the open congressional seat in a special election and served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
After serving in Congress, Representative Barca served for four years as the Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration during the Clinton Administration. He led the National Regulatory Fairness Program, an initiative which included more than 50 company presidents throughout the country aimed at making regulatory enforcement small business friendly. Representative Barca also served as CEO of Northpointe Resources, a non-profit organization focused on employment, training and rehabilitation, and spent nearly a decade as vice president and then president of Aurora Associates International, an international project management company that conducted projects in more than 25 countries.
Since rejoining the Legislature, Representative Barca has made creating good-paying jobs for Wisconsin families, assisting small businesses and improving access to workforce training his top priorities. As a member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) board, he helped advance several major business developments, including the two new Amazon.com distribution centers in Kenosha. He has authored bipartisan legislation enabling businesses to expand operations and create hundreds of jobs in Southeast Wisconsin. Representative Barca has also led the efforts of the Assembly Democratic caucus to put forward legislation designed to create jobs, connect workers with available jobs, increase wages and strengthen Wisconsin’s middle class.
Representative Barca began his career as the Director of the Friendship Camp, a camp for children with disabilities, as a teacher, and later as a team leader for students with special needs. Rep. Barca received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, received his master’s in public administration and educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended graduate school at Harvard University.
Representative Barca and his wife have a son who is a graduate of Fordham University and a daughter who is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.