Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point)
Senate District 27


A former radio personality and legislative assistant, Senator Jon Erpenbach was elected to represent the 27th Senate District in November of 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. His Senate colleagues elected him Senate Democratic Leader in December 2002. He served in that position until December 2004.

Senator Erpenbach began as a radio personality in Portage, Madison and Milwaukee. He subsequently worked in both the State Assembly and State Senate in media relations and as communications director.

Representing parts of Columbia, Dane, Green, Iowa, and Sauk counties, Senator Erpenbach’s Senate District is one of the most geographically diverse districts in the state. Since his inauguration in January 1999, he has worked to lead the Senate in the areas of personal privacy, consumer protection (the proud author of Wisconsin’s “Do Not Call” Law), justice, health insurance reform, proactive educational reforms, and the regulation of third-party spending in elections.

Senator Erpenbach is currently a member of the following Senate Standing Committees: Health and Human Services; Insurance and Housing; Universities and Technical Colleges.

His continuous efforts to fight for a better Wisconsin, strengthen his local communities, and advocate for his neighbors has earned him the following awards:

• Named “Friend of the Public Sector” in 1999-2000 and given recognition for “contributions to good public policy” from AFSCME
• “Health Care and Leadership Award” in 2000, and the “Friend of Family Medicine Award” in 2010 and 2012 from the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
• “Distinguished Freshman Award” from the Wisconsin Tavern League in 2000
• Appreciation for “Dedication to Students” from the Wisconsin Student Government Association
• Named “Friend of the Green Rock Audubon Society” in 2001
• Named “Legislator of the Year” from the Alzheimer’s Association in 2001
• “Jerome Henning Legislative Award” from Wisconsin School Counselors in 2001
• Named a 2002 “Friend of Builders” and a 2012 “Friend of Housing” by the Wisconsin Builders Association
• “Elected Official Award” from Arc-Wisconsin Disability Association, Inc. in 2002
• Named a “Friend of Grocers” by Wisconsin Grocers in 2002
• “Outstanding Legislator Award” from the Wisconsin Counties Association in 2003-04 and 2008
• “Friend of Agriculture Award” from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau in 2003-04 and 2005-06
• “Conservation Champion” from the League of Conservation Voters in 2005-06 and 2007-08
• “Outstanding Leadership Award” from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in 2004
• “Friend of Cooperatives Award” from the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives in 2006
• “Scales of Justice Award from the Wisconsin State Bar in 2008
• “Rebecca C. Young Leadership Award” from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in 2009
• “Friend of the WPA Award” from the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association in 2009
• Named “Legislator of the Year” by the State American College of Physicians in 2009
• Named “State Progressive Leader” by the Progressive States Network in 2009
• Named “Friend of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry” by the Dairy Business Association in 2010
• Recognition for “outstanding efforts to preserve the rights of the working class by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union in 2011
• Named “Friend of Education” by the National Education Association in 2011
• Recognition on SB 259 from the Greater Milwaukee Committee in 2011
• Wisconsin Builders Association, 2012 Friend of Housing
• Wisconsin Academy of Physicians, Friend of Family Medicine 2012
• Wisconsin Builders Association, Friend of Housing 2013


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Contact Senator Jon Erpenbach

Phone: (608) 266-6670