Biography

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Elected to the State Assembly in August 2011 and quickly redistricted into a new district, I represent the 76th Assembly District.

I have successfully worked across the aisle to pass good public policy including a first-in-the-nation law requiring outside investigations of deaths involving law enforcement, an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence, harassment and human trafficking, and The Children's Outdoor Heritage Act.

I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School, where I received my J.D. in 1995. As a college student, I volunteered for Planned Parenthood and worked at an advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence. During law school, I advocated for incarcerated women, studied international human rights law in The Netherlands and worked for a human rights organization in Northern Ireland. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, I practiced law at several private law firms before becoming the public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI). At PPWI, I led efforts that resulted in more pro-active reproductive health laws being passed than at any other time in Wisconsin history, including comprehensive sex education. 

My husband, Jim Feldman, and I are longtime residents of Madison’s east side. Jim received his PhD from UW and is a professor in environmental studies at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. We have two sons, Sam and Ben, who attend Lowell Elementary School.

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