Fred A. Risser
Biographical Information
 

  • Democrat- 26th State Senate District

            City of Madison (West, Central, & near East Side)

            Village of Shorewood Hills

           

Legislative Background

 

  • Elected to Wisconsin State Assembly in 1956, representing Central Madison

            Re-elected in 1958 and 1960

  • Elected to Wisconsin State Senate in 1962 in a Special Election

            Re-elected in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004,

            2008, 2012 and 2016

  • Presidential Elector, 1964, 2008, and 2012
  • Longest serving state legislator in Wisconsin history
  • Longest serving state legislator in United States history

 

Senate Leadership

  • Senate President 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993(1/93-4/93) 1996, 1997(1/97-4/97), 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012 (7/2012 to 1/2013)*
  • Senate President Pro Tempore 1975, 1977, 1979**
  • Senate Co-Majority Leader 2002
  • Senate Minority Leader 1967,1969,1971,1973
  • Assistant Senate Minority Leader 1965, 1993, 1995

 

Committee Memberships, 2017 Session

  • Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
  • Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities
  • Senate Committee on Financial Services, Constitution and Federalism
  • Joint Legislative Council
  • Law Revision Committee
  • State Capitol and Executive Residence Board, Chair
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators
  • Circus World Museum Board of Directors
  • Commission on Uniform State Laws
  • Educational Communications Board

 

* Served as Senate President for a total of 25 years.

 

** The Wisconsin Constitution was amended in 1979 to remove the Lieutenant Governor as Senate President and instead provide that the Senate elect its President from among its membership.

 

National Legislative Positions

 

  • National Conference of State Legislatures

            -Former Member, National Executive Committee

  • Council of State Governments

            -Former Member, National Executive Committee

            -Former Chair, Midwestern Legislative Conference

  • National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws

 

 

Personal Background

 

  • Born in Madison, Wisconsin, May 5, 1927
  • Married, three children, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild
  • Attended Madison Public Schools
  • Attended Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • B.A and L.L.B from University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • World War II Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Attorney at Law
  • Member of Dane County Bar Association

            State of Wisconsin Bar Association

            State of Oregon Bar Association

 

 

Senate Office:

            130 South, State Capitol

            P.O. Box 7882

            Madison, WI  53707-7882

            (608) 266-1627

            E-MAIL

 

Business Office:

            2 South Carroll Street, Suite 210

            Madison, WI  53703

            (608) 255-2956

            E-MAIL: risserlaw@yahoo.com