About Senator Leah Vukmir

Vukmir Headshot.jpgLeah Vukmir is the assistant majority leader for the Wisconsin State Senate. Currently, she is serving her second term representing the 5th Senate District, which includes Brookfield, Elm Grove, New Berlin, Wauwatosa and West Allis.

Leah serves as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and also sits on the highly regarded Joint Finance Committee and the Education Committee. Previously Leah was elected to four terms in the state Assembly.

Brookfield native

A first-generation Wisconsinite, Leah is the daughter of Greek immigrants, James and Stella Papachristou. She graduated from Brookfield East High School and pursued her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Marquette University and her Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Leah raised her two children, Elena and Niko, in Wauwatosa where she lived for 30 years and is an active member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Recently Leah returned to her hometown of Brookfield where she enjoys spending time with Sophie, a German shepherd she and her son rescued.


Leah first became involved with state government when her daughter was learning to read in elementary school. As an involved parent, Leah asked her daughter's teacher a question that seemed like common sense: "Can you show me the research behind this reading program?" That question got her sent to the principal's office, then the superintendent's. Next thing she knew, she was actively advocating to raise educational standards for students across Wisconsin. 

In her time in the state Legislature, Leah has been a leader on education policy. She has worked tirelessly to break down walls to ensure that every child in Wisconsin has access to an excellent education through expansion of opportunities like School Choice. One of Leah's recent accomplishments was creating Wisconsin's new special-needs scholarship program, so families with special-needs students don't have to feel stuck in a school that fails them.

A healthcare professional

Leah is a registered nurse and was previously a certified pediatric nurse practitioner serving inner-city Milwaukee. While representing her constituents in the Senate, Leah also teaches part-time in the private sector at an in-district home healthcare agency. Her extensive background in healthcare has helped her author legislation that has improved the quality of health in Wisconsin, including reforming Milwaukee County's dysfunctional mental health system.

Firmly committed to life, Leah is an enthusiastic supporter of legislation that protects unborn babies and believes taxpayer dollars should under no circumstances ever be used to subsidize abortions.

Iron lady

A proven conservative leader, Leah stands for smaller government and lower taxes. Her guiding principles are that free markets and free enterprise create prosperity, not government bureaucracy. She stood strong against the special interests that sieged the Capitol in 2011 and because of her support of Act 10, taxpayers have seen more than $5 billion in savings.

Leah fought to rescind onerous residency requirements for jobs in local government, supported making Wisconsin a right-to-work state and worked to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for local projects — and she succeeded.

Because of her strong will and passion to advance conservative policies, Leah earned the Right Wisconsin "Iron Lady" award in 2014. Leah is also active advancing conservative policies across the country through her involvement as national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that shares free-market policies with state lawmakers, and as an advisory board member of GOPAC.

The 5th Senate District