Senator Luther Olsen was elected to the Senate in 2004, after serving in the state Assembly for 10 years. He was born in Berlin, WI in 1951 and has been a lifelong resident of the 14th Senate District.
For the 2015-2016 Legislative Sessions, Senator Olsen serves as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, the Chair of the Education Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Insurance, Housing, and Trade Committee, and a member of the Natural Resource Committee.
Senator Olsen also serves on the Executive Committee and Steering Committee for the Education Commission of the States (ECS), previously he served as Vice-Chair of ECS, and formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). In addition, Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, Read to Lead Development Council, Wisconsin Education Communications Board, Wisconsin Agriculture Education & Workforce Development Council, State Capitol and Executive Residence Board, and as a member of the State of WI Claims Board. In addition, he is a board member of the University of WI Hospital & Clinics Authority (UWHCA) and serves on Finance, Audit, and Executive Committees for UWHCA.
Senator Olsen is a graduate of Berlin High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a past member of the Berlin School Board, where he served as President of the board for 9 years.
Senator Olsen has been a champion of education issues in Wisconsin and was named “Legislator ofthe Year" in 2005 by the School Administrators Alliance. The SAA represents more than 3,000 public school administrators across the state. Senator Olsen is probably best known for the Graduated Driver's License legislation he authored - a law aimed at improving the way teenagers learn to drive.
Senator Olsen is married, has six children, five grandchildren, and lives in the city of Ripon. He enjoys spending time on his Harley exploring Wisconsin and visiting family and friends across the state.