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  • Born and raised in Eau Claire, WI
  • Son of the late Lucille Wachs (a retired math teacher) and Ray Wachs (former Eau Claire City Attorney and City Manager)
  • Married
  • 3 adult children


  • Trial attorney for 30 years
  • Small business owner for 26 years
  • Elected to Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012
  • Eau Claire City Council Member at Large 2009-2012
    • City/County Health Committee
    • Transit Commission
    • Affirmative Action Committee
    • Parks and Waterway Committee
    • Library Board
    • Economic Policy Advisory Committee


  • Board of Directors-Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • Board of Directors-Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra
  • Board of Directors-Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony
  • Volunteer-Eau Claire County Bar Association Free Legal Clinic
  • Eau Claire Downtown Morning Rotary
  • Numerous Church Committees


  • Memorial High School, Eau Claire
  • Marquette University (BA)
  • Valparaiso Law School (JD)