Official Government Communication

Week of Dec. 24th - Dec. 30th

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government.

This week, I would like to share with you my 2017 report card. This report card is not only a way to hold me accountable, it's also an opportunity for me to review and improve on my own work. I hope you enjoy and find this report card a helpful tool.

As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

2017 Report Card | Senator Lena Taylor

Legislative Accomplishments

11 Bills Signed into Law


         Sex Trafficking Prevention (Acts 128, 129, 131)

         Financial Literacy in Schools (Act 94)

         DOC Work Release Expansion to County and Tribal Jails (Act 89)

         Montessori Teaching License (Act 106)

         Savings Prize Promotions (Act 72)

         Cosmetology and Barbering Licensing (Acts 81 and 82)

         Therapeutic Diets (Act 101)

         DPI Sponsored Accountability for Special Needs Scholarship and Parental Choice Programs (Act 36)


     With 11 bills signed into law, 2017 was Senator Lena Taylor's third most productive year in terms of legislation passed since becoming State Senator in 2004. This is especially impressive as a member of the minority party in the legislature.

Doing the Work

Legislative Proposals

Lena Taylor

All Legislature







Bills Enacted into Law



During the budget, Lena authored and co-introduced 81 of the 186  budget motions (43.5%) put forth by the 16 member budget committee.

Providing the 4thís Voice

Legislative Committees

                 Held and Attended

Agriculture, Small Biz, and Tourism


Joint Finance


Judiciary and Public Safety


Joint Legislative Council


Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties


Law Revision Committee




Legislative Initiatives

         Urban Agriculture (since committee appointment in 2013)

         LOVE and FAITH Wealth and Health Model

         Juvenile Justice Bill of Rights Package

         Democracy Enhancement and Voter Rights Package

         Firearm Safety and Violence Reduction Package

         Anti-shackling of incarcerated women in labor (5-0 Judiciary vote, bipartisan bill)

         Workforce development and economic inclusion

         Law enforcement accountability with permanent employment file



Community Engagement         36 school and church visits

         15 listening, coffee, and town hall sessions

         338 community and policy meetings

         236 community events and speeches

         725 total community activities











         81 media interviews

         53 press releases

         53 guest columns published

         706 social media posts

         1,216,340 legislative e-updates provided over 40 weeks









Constituent Service 

         69 interns serving this session

         8,158 constituent contacts and casework addressed

         509 incarcerated individuals assisted


For the constituents who have contacted me, my office and I have been able to help address landlord-tenant issues, assist in navigating state agencies such as the Department of Revenue and the Department of Safety and Professional Services, connect individuals to local and state services, and more.


Service Snapshot: In the weeks after Hurricane Maria, an incarcerated individual wrote my office to check if his father in Puerto Rico was safe, as he had been unable to reach him from the correctional facility. My team, including a Spanish-fluent intern, was able to call the man's father and speak with him. We then updated the individual that his father was safe.



The road ahead

This past year has been both exciting and hectic. At times, I have been invigorated about our possibilities for progress. At times, I have been frustrated by the politics as usual atmosphere that exists in the Capitol.

At the end of the day though, I am always honored to serve my constituents and the state of Wisconsin. We have a very proud progressive tradition in this state that is most certainly worth defending.

As we move ahead, I look forward to putting your issues front and center and shining a light on the political process for all Wisconsinites. In the coming year, I will continue to be a champion for improving education, reforming our health care system, protecting rights, promoting justice, defending fairness, and opening up government to all people, not just the special interests. I hope you will join with me in this journey, and always feel free to give your input and advice. Together we can secure a bright future for all of Wisconsin.

Need help?

HERE TO SERVE means that I must be available to you! In addition to my legislative and community work, I provide a variety of services through my office.

Legislative Citations

As a state senator, I have the opportunity to honor extraordinary members of our community. I believe it is very important to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to our community. That is why I am happy to present constituents with a legislative citation to honor their public service efforts or a special achievement. If you would like to request a citation for someone, please contact me.


Both American flags and Wisconsin flags are available for purchase. Both flags are made of durable nylon and are 3 feet by 5 feet in size.


Please contact my office of you would like to receive a Wisconsin State highway map, a Living Will, or a Blue Book (limited supply).


I am happy to help you with problems with state agencies or local governments or in helping resolve other issues. Many times these correspondences inform my actions in the legislature and can even become the driving force behind new legislative proposals. 

Capitol Tours

Madison, Wisconsin is home to the most beautiful and scenic state Capitol in the nation.  If you would like to visit, free tours are given daily from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:00pm.







Events and Opportunities



Early New Year's Eve for Families


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Betty Brinn Children's Museum


929 E Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI


see details here






Free Visit to Milwaukee County Zoo for County Residents


Christmas and New Year's Day


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

10001 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI


view event details



Polar Bear Plunge Viewing


New Year's Day

12:00 pm


Bradford Beach

2400 N. Lincoln

Memorial Dr.

Milwaukee, WI




See details here






 Quote of the Week:

"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." 

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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