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Wisconsin State Legislature
Legislative Council Study Committees Announced
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan), as Assembly co-chair of the Joint Legislative Council, released the names of the 2016 Legislative Council Study Committees. These eight committees will meet over the summer months.
12th Annual Joan Ballweg Scholarship Winners
State Representative Joan Ballweg presented her 2016 Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarships last month to outstanding students across the 41st Assembly District.
Ballweg is the WIAAP Legislator of the Year
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) was named the 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics for her outstanding work as an advocate for children and children’s healthcare in Wisconsin.
Ballweg Receives Legislator of the Year Awards
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) was named the Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers Association (WCCO) and the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association (WRDA) at a reception held in Madison this week.
41st District Students’ Art Featured at Capitol
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) congratulates students from the 41st Assembly District who were selected as part of March’s Youth Art Month. Student art work is displayed in the Capitol rotunda from February 27 through March 11.
Ballweg was born the oldest of four to a first generation American in West Allis, WI on March 16, 1952. After graduating from Nathan Hale High School in 1970, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Joan and husband Tom married in 1974 and settled down in Markesan, WI after purchasing an agricultural and lawn equipment dealership.
While Joan and Tom together ran a successful business in Markesan, Joan began to demonstrate her leadership and commitment to the community. In 1984, she chaired the Markesan Revitalization Committee and in the fall of 1986 was elected as Alderperson to the Markesan City Council. Joan helped to found the Markesan PTA in 1987 to fight against all day kindergarten and served as its president in 1989. Joan served as alderperson to the Markesan City Council until being elected to serve as Mayor in the fall of 1990, a capacity in which she served until 1997.
Joan has exhibited leadership in education, business and health care. She participated as a spokesperson for the City of Markesan school referendum in 1998 and served as a member of the Waupun Memorial Hospital Board of Directors from 1999 to 2005, after serving as Chairperson of the board from 2002 to 2005 and on the management committee of Agnesian HealthCare Enterprises, LLC from 2003 to 2004.
After winning a nine way Republican primary in September 2004, Joan was elected in November 2004 to represent Wisconsin’s 41st district in the State Assembly. Now in her sixth term, Joan serves as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Council, and as a member of the following committees: Colleges and Universities, Financial Institutions, Mental Health Reform, Rules, and Tourism. She has served on the following special committees: Symposia Series on Supporting Healthy Early Brain Development, 911 Communications, Emergency Management and Continuity of Government, Continuity of Legislative Operations, Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs, Differences in Laws Applicable to Cities and Villages, and Review of Emergency Detention and Admission of Minors Under Chapter 51.
Joan has authored legislation impacting agriculture, small businesses, health care, education, state preparedness and homeland security in the State of Wisconsin. She is fighting to expand the eligibility of financial aid to part time and non-traditional students; she has achieved the passage of Donate to Life Wisconsin license plates in an effort to raise awareness and funds for organ donation; has achieved the opportunity for residents and non-residents to purchase on-day fishing licenses and is working hard to modernize and provide greater access to the small claims courts process in Wisconsin.
Joan and husband Tom live in Markesan, WI. They have three adult children who reside outside the district, Jeffrey (Julie), Kristen (Mike) and Rebecca, and one grandson, Emmett (2).