Representative Shelia Stubbs was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2018. After winning a competitive 4-way primary, Representative Stubbs became the first African American to represent Dane County in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Representative Stubbs is honored to serve the people of Madison’s west and south side, serving on Assembly’s committees on Corrections, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Colleges & Universities, and Tourism. Representative Stubbs also serves as the Co-Chair of both the Speaker's Task Force for Racial Disparities and the Subcommittee on Law Enforcement Policies and Standards.
Before her election to the State Assembly, Rep. Stubbs served on the Dane County board for 16 years. She has served on various Dane County committees, including chairing the Health and Human Needs Committee and co-chairing the racial disparities sub-committee. During her time on the board, she led the efforts to implement a restorative justice court program in Dane County, create a Dane County equity plan, and provided funding for a Dane County expungement clinic.
Born in Camden, Arkansas, Shelia moved to Beloit at age 5. She attended public schools there and became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. After her graduation from Tougaloo College in 1993, she moved to the Simpson St neighborhood in Madison, WI. She then became a parole/probation officer, special education teacher, and Dane County supervisor, where she gained a wealth of personal experience and knowledge on systems that adversely affect communities of color and resolved to improve them throughout her career.
Rep. Stubbs is the Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus and lives in Madison with her husband Godfrey and their family.