Elected to Wisconsin's 6th Senate District in 2016, LaTonyaJohnson previously served in Wisconsin's 17th Assembly District since 2012. The 6th district includes residential, urban and downtown Milwaukee.
A Milwaukee Leader
Sen. Johnson has lived in Milwaukee for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University. Before being elected to public office, LaTonya owned and operated a licensed in-home childcare service. She served as President AFSCME Local 502, the union representing in-home childcare providers in Milwaukee. She went through Emerge Wisconsin, an intensive training program for progressive women who want to run for office and is a proud alum of the Class of 2012.
As a first-term state senator, LaTonya Johnson has seen over a dozen of her bills signed into law, despite being a member of the minority party. This includes legislation to train commercial truck drivers on recognizing the signs of human trafficking to help combat this devastating statewide problem, as well as first-of-its-kind legislation to create an alert system for at-risk, missing veterans. This legislation, known as the Corey Adams Searchlight Act or 'Green Alert' has gone on to be a national model and has been passed in several other states as well as introduced at the federal level.
In addition to her legislative committee appointments, Senator Johnson serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Wisconsin Legislative Children's Caucus, a member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, a member of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, an advisory member of the UW Health Population Institute, an advisory member of Family Impact Seminar, a founding leader of Policymakers for Peace, and serves on several other commissions and councils related to public safety, democracy, and health care.