Warren Petryk was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1955 as the younger of two sons of Joseph and Florence Petryk. He grew up in the Dunn County village of Boyceville where he was very active in school as a musician, athlete, organizer, and student government leader. He graduated in 1973 as valedictorian and attended UW-Stout for two years, then transferred to UW-Eau Claire and graduated with highest honors earning his B.A. in philosophy in 1978.
In 1972, Warren and several classmates started a band which became “The Memories” that is now in its 43rd year of entertaining people. On the road full-time across America for over 25 years as a small business, the group is now part-time. They still perform many outdoor festivals, fairs, concerts and private functions each year. Warren also sings for many church services throughout the year.
In 1996, Warren became the Community Relations and Telethon Coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin. He held this position until he won the 2010 election for State Representative to the 93rd Assembly District. He won a three-way primary election, the general election, and a recount. He was sworn into office on January 3rd of 2011.
Re-elected for a third term in 2014, Representative Petryk serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, and is a member of the Committees on: Energy and Utilities, Insurance, Colleges and Universities, Veterans and Military Affairs, and Aging and Long Term Care. Representative Petryk is also a member of the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment.
Warren has been very active for decades in the Chippewa Valley Community as speaker, singer, organizer and emcee for hundreds of events in the public and private sectors. He served as Ambassador for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce for 15 years and remains an active member of the Chamber plus the Ellsworth, Menomonie, and Prescott Chambers of Commerce. He is also a member of: the Cleghorn Lions Club; the Wisconsin Farm Bureau; the Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Durand, Rock Falls, and Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsmen's Clubs; Arkansaw Fur, Fish, and Game; and the NRA.
Warren has also received multiple awards for his service including Wisconsin VFW 2013 Legislator of the Year and Wisconsin AmVets 2014 Veterans Advocate of the year.
Representative Petryk enjoys spending time with his wife, he also enjoys turkey and pheasant hunting, fishing, gardening, reading and writing along with performing and listening to great music of all genres. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Warren is humbled and honored to serve the people of the 93rd Assembly District and listens carefully to all sides of the issues and challenges facing our State. He votes in a manner that helps reform Wisconsin Government to act with fiscal responsibility through lower spending which will result in more freedom from debt and create a strong sustainable economic environment where thousands of jobs are being created. He feels that we can no longer afford to pass debt along to future generations. He believes we must live within our means and continue to make the tough choices and sacrifices today that will result in a brighter tomorrow for Wisconsin residents of all ages.
Pictured with: Bob Bosold, my friend and long-time Agriculture Specialist for WAXX Radio and the Midwest Family Broadcasting Radio Group and Teyanna Marie Marx-Loether, 2015 Alice in Dairyland, of Sauk City.