Senator Alberta Darling was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1990 and the State Senate in 1992. A resident of River Hills, she represents Wisconsin’s 8th Senate District. Alberta entered public service with a commitment to protecting, educating, and improving the lives of children.
Senator Darling serves as the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, the state's budget-writing committee. Her leadership helped turn the state’s finances around from a multi-billion dollar deficit to a multi-million dollar surplus. She remains dedicated to creating an economic climate that retains and attracts high-quality job opportunities for Wisconsin workers and families while remaining fair and responsible to taxpayers.
A former teacher, Senator Darling is a leader in education reform. She helped create the first school choice program and recently created a turnaround school model for failing Milwaukee schools. The program which will create a better learning environment and improve standards for children. Alberta also helped create independent charter schools in our state. Charter schools are public schools with more freedom to follow and implement best practices in education. Senator Darling also serves as the chair of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.
Alberta is also a leader in health care reform, creating Health Savings Accounts for Wisconsin families.
In addition, she continues her efforts to increase public safety, a commitment that led her to author such landmark legislation such as the state's Sexual Predator Law, Sex Offender Registry, Internet Predator law, and the Sidelined for Safety Act which protects youth athletes from concussions.
Milwaukee Magazine named Senator Darling one of the Most Influential People in Milwaukee. The magazine declared her as “arguably the most powerful woman in state government.” Alberta has won both the Iron Lady Award and the Margaret Thatcher Award from RightWisconsin.
On a personal level, her husband Dr. William Darling passed away in the spring of 2015. She and Dr. Bill have two children, Liza and Will, and three grandchildren Charlie, Andie, and Liam.
During the 2017-19 Legislative session, Senator Darling will serve on the following committees:
Joint Committee on Finance (cochair); Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges (chair); Education (vice chair); Economic Development, Commerce, and Local Government; Joint Committee on Employment Relations; Joint Legislative Audit Committee; Joint Legislative Council.
Additional appointments: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.