Chris Larson was born and raised in Milwaukee County. Chris graduated from Thomas More High School, where he was captain of the Cross Country team and learned to love Wisconsin’s unique beauty by running every part of the south side. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in Finance and a minor in Political Science.
Chris managed a sporting goods chain specializing in running, consulting with amateurs, and professionals to help them improve their training. In 2008, he successfully ran for Milwaukee County Supervisor on a platform of fully funding our parks and transit system.
After defeating an entrenched incumbent from his own party during the 2010 Fall Primary, Chris was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate on November 2, 2010. Chris served as Senate Democratic Leader during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. In November 2014, he was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate for a second term, and again in November of 2018 for a third term.
Chris resides in Bay View with his wife Jessica and their son Atticus and daughter Stella. An avid runner, Chris has completed over 30 marathons and has a long-term goal of running a marathon in every state.
Chris is active in his community as a member of numerous neighborhood groups, including: American Civil Liberties Union; UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association Board Member 2013-2019; Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Founding Member; Community Board Member of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study; Wisconsin Conservation Voters; League of Conservation Voters; Bay View Neighborhood Association; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin; Sierra Club; Humboldt Park Friends; South Side Business Club of Milwaukee; Bay View Historical Society; Arbor Day Foundation; Tri-Wisconsin; Badgerland Striders; Bay View Lions Club; Lake Park Friends; MPTV Friends. He is a former member of: the Airport Area Economic Development Group; Young Elected Officials; Coalition to Save the Hoan Bridge (cofounder); and WISPIRG (campus intern).
Past and Present Committees
Chris currently serves on the Committee on Administrative Rules; Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions; the Senate Committee on Education; the Senate Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade; Committee on Universities, Technical Collages, Children and Families; the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules; and the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions.
Chris has previously served on the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform; Committee on Small Business and Tourism; and Committee on Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs. He has also served as the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules. Chris has also been a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, Joint Committee on Audit, Senate Committee on Education and Corrections, and Senate Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Tourism. During the 2011-13 session, Chris served on the Senate Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, Senate Committee on Housing and Insurance, Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Commission, and the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibility.