Senator Howard Marklein

State Senator Howard Marklein was first elected to the Wisconsin Legislature in 2010 as a State Representative. After serving two terms in the State Assembly, he was elected to the State Senate in 2014. Howard is currently serving his second term as a State Senator for the 17th Senate District after re-election in 2018.

During his time in the State Assembly, Howard served as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Ways & Means and the Vice-Chair of the Joint Audit Committee.

Howard was appointed Co-Chair of the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) for the 2021-22 session. He has served as a member of this committee for three sessions.

In addition to the JFC, he currently serves on the

  • Senate Committee on Agriculture and Tourism (Vice-Chair)
  • Joint Committee on Employment Relations
  • Joint Legislative Audit Committee
  • Joint Legislative Council

He has also been appointed to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission.

Howard was raised on a dairy farm with his four younger siblings in Spring Green, Wisconsin. He is married to Peggy, a registered nurse. Howard has two children and three step children, as well as five grandchildren.

He is a graduate of River Valley High School (’72) and alumnus of UW-Whitewater (’76), where he received a BBA in Accounting. After graduating college, he began his public accounting career by working at First Wisconsin National Bank (now US Bank) and later advanced to become a partner at the firm Virchow Krause (now Baker Tilly). His practice was focused on forensic accounting and white collar crime investigations. He is also credentialed as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Howard is a current member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green (finance committee member), the Sauk County Farm Bureau, and the National Rifle Association.

He is a former member of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater National Alumni Association (president), University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Foundation (board of directors president), Fort Health Care Board of Directors (chair, treasurer), Fort Atkinson Rotary Club (president), Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce (president), Whitewater Chamber of Commerce (president), Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce (vice president), and Taliesin Preservation Inc. (treasurer).

Howard continues to spend his time in the State Legislature as a government reformer, problem solver, and outspoken advocate for rural issues. He is the proud author of the Dairy Innovation Hub legislation that provided the necessary tools to restore focus on dairy innovation in Wisconsin. Howard also introduced Truth in Food Labeling legislation that would support our farmers and agriculture industry. During his time in the Legislature, he has authored additional legislation to support access to broadband, fix rural roads, balance the state budget, and lower taxes. He is protecting Wisconsin’s checkbook.

Howard is honored to serve the constituents of the 17th Senate District and to support their unique needs in the Wisconsin State Senate.