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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elizabeth M. Coggs

Candidate For State Senate 06

Elizabeth M. Coggs

Candidate Background

Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

1321 N. 18th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Candidate Biography

From candidate Facebook page

I am a graduate of Lincoln High School and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree; I am also an alumna of Future Milwaukee.

For twenty two years I have worked hard to represent the people of Milwaukee County. I was elected and have served as 10th District Supervisor since 1988. I am currently Chairwoman of the Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the Health and Human Needs Committee and Parks, Energy and Environment Committee. I also have served as Chairman of the Combined Community Services Board for the past ten years and served as Chairwoman of the Health and Human Needs Committee for six years.

In 1996 I was elected the Second Vice-Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, the first person of color and first female to be elected to this position by my peers.

I continue the legacy of politics as a family tradition. My dad, Isaac N. Coggs, was one of the first African-Americans elected to the State Legislature in 1952 and the Milwaukee County Board in 1964. My mom Marcia P. Coggs was the first African-American woman elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1976. I wonder if my dad ever envisioned the legacy he started in 1952; we are more than likely the only family who has a representative in four levels of government and whose family has given over 100 years of representation in government. My cousins State Senator Spencer Coggs, State Representative Leon Young and Alderwoman Milele Coggs stand in full support of my candidacy for the seat of Wisconsin State Representative-10th District.

I have a lifetime of involvement in the Milwaukee community. I am the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Back to School Festival, Chairman of Vision for Vliet, and a member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild, NAACP and Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God In Christ.

Over the years I have fought long and hard to serve the constituency of Milwaukee County. I have worked steadfast to be innovative, creative and dedicated to change the wrongs of society and to celebrate the rights of our community. I will continue in the path of the legacy that has been set before us by State Representative Annette Williams, my dad and mom and will continue to work hard to advance and advocate for the people!

Work and Education
Employers

* Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

College

* University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

High School

* Lincoln High School '74