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"I've dedicated my life to championing the causes of the people and state I love."


Lena C. Taylor is currently serving as a judge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 41. Previously, Taylor served five terms as a Wisconsin State Senator, representing the 4th Senate District, which includes portions of Shorewood, Wauwatosa, Glendale, and Milwaukee. Elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2003 and the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004, Taylor served as the first African-American Chair of the influential Senate Judiciary Committee and the first African-American woman to co-chair the powerful Joint Committee on Finance. Taylor served on the Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts, Judiciary and Public Safety, Utilities and Housing, and the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties.  Taylor has been an extremely effective legislator and seeks to bring her knowledge and experience to the bench.


As a Milwaukee native, Taylor still lives on the block she grew up on.  She is a graduate of Rufus King H.S. and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  After earning a law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, she practiced as a Public Defender.  Eventually, she opened Taylor and Associates Law Office, a general practice firm in Milwaukee, before going to the legislature.

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Lena is passionate about her work and served the needs of her district.  Taylor is committed to addressing social determinants that cause persistent economic, health, and safety issues.  Innovative and unwavering in embracing technology. Lena knows that we have talented residents, resources, and the ability to create a state that is inclusive, vibrant, and progressive. 

Taylor believes that while Wisconsin has experienced some growth, it has not kept pace with what is needed to ensure all of our residents are afforded a quality life.  Whether attracting and retaining talent, or providing needed education, skills, and opportunities, Taylor understands that a rising tide should lift all boats.  If the tide doesn't come in, Lena believes we are obligated to do the heavy lifting to provide the changes we want to see in Wisconsin.


Taylor is the proud mother to her son, Isaiah. And as always, Lena Taylor is here to serve!

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