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.
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: South Side Business Club of Milwaukee, Airport Area Economic Development Group, Coalition for Advancing Transit Steering Committee, WI, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Young Elected Officials, Humboldt Park Watch, South Shore Park Watch, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Historical Society, Bay View Lions Club, Lake Park Friends, Thomas More Alumni Club, Arbor Day Foundation, Badgerland Striders, Tri-Wisconsin and MPTV Friends.
Past and Present Committees
Chris currently serves on the Senate Committee on Education; Committee on Labor and Government Reform; and Committee on Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs. Chris has previously served as the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules. He 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 Flexibilities.