Senator Alberta Darling was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1990 and the State Senate in 1992. A resident of River Hills, she represents Wisconsin’s 8th Senate District. Alberta entered public service with a commitment to protecting, educating, and improving the lives of children.
Senator Darling serves as the chair of the Senate Committee on Education. A former teacher, Senator Darling is a leader in education reform. She helped create the first school choice program and recently created a turnaround school model for failing Milwaukee schools. The program will create a better learning environment and improve standards for children. Alberta also helped create independent charter schools in our state. Charter schools are public schools with more freedom to follow and implement best practices in education.
Senator Darling served co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, the state’s budget-writing committee, longer than any other female lawmaker and is tied for the longest tenure ever on the committee. Her leadership helped turn the state’s finances around from a multi-billion dollar deficit to a multi-million dollar surplus. She helped deliver more than $13 billion in tax relief. She remains dedicated to creating an economic climate that retains and attracts high-quality job opportunities for Wisconsin workers and families while remaining fair and responsible to taxpayers.
Alberta is also a leader in health care reform, creating Health Savings Accounts for Wisconsin families. Her leadership on the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act means insurance companies will have to cover life-saving oral chemotherapy treatments.
Also, she continues her efforts to increase public safety, a commitment that led her to author such landmark legislation such as the state's Sexual Predator Law, Sex Offender Registry, Internet Predator law, and the Sidelined for Safety Act which protects youth athletes from concussions.
Milwaukee Magazine named Senator Darling one of the Most Influential People in Milwaukee. The magazine declared her as “arguably the most powerful woman in state government.”
On a personal level, her husband Dr. William Darling passed away in the spring of 2015. She and Dr. Bill have two children, Liza and Will, and three grandchildren Charlie, Andie, and Liam.
During the 2019-2020 Legislative session, Senator Darling will serve on the following committees: