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Representative Frederick Kessler

Assembly District 12

(D - Milwaukee) Madison Office:
Room 111 North
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 266-5813
(888) 534-0012
(608) 282-3612
District Phone:
(414) 535-0266
Voting Address:
9312 West Clovernook St.
Milwaukee, WI 53224

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  • Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 11, 1940; married; 2 children.
  • Graduate Milwaukee Lutheran High School and Capitol Page School, 1957; B.A. University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1962; L.L.B. University of Wisconsin, 1966.
  • Labor arbitrator.
  • Member: Goethe House (vice president, former president); Milwaukee Chapter ACLU (board member, former president); World Affairs Council of Milwaukee (board member); Wisconsin Bar Association; Labor/Employment Relations Association (advisory committee member); Democratic Party; DANK (German-American National Congress), Milwaukee chapter (former vice president); Milwaukee Donauschwaben; Amnesty International Group 107 (former chair); Milwaukee Turners; NAACP; Fair Elections Project (initiator and convener of the group that filed Whitford v. Gill in federal court).
  • Former member: City of Milwaukee Harbor Commission.
  • Recipient: Wisconsin ACLU Eunice Edgar Lifetime Service Award, 2008; State Bar of WI Scales of Justice Award, 2010; German Immersion Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013.
  • Presidential Elector for President Barack Obama, 2012. County court judge (Milwaukee County), 1972–78; Circuit court judge (Milwaukee County), 1978–81, 1986–88. On January 11, 1961, his 21st birthday, he became the youngest person, up to that time, ever to serve in the legislature.
  • Elected to Assembly 1960, 1964–70, and since 2004.

Member of Historical Society of Wisconsin, Board of Curators

2017 Authored Proposals

(first or second author, first sponsor)

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2017 Cosponsored Proposals

2017 Authored Amendments

2017 Votes