Dennis McBride

Dennis McBride
Candidate For Assembly District 13

Dennis McBride

Candidate Background


7003 Cedar St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213-3712

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Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Dennis served 10 years on the city of Wauwatosa Common Council and 15 years on the Wauwatosa Civil Service Commission.

A co-founder of Support Our Schools (SOS) Wauwatosa and Wauwatosa’s Pasadena Neighborhood Association, he also was a founding board member of Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, Inc., which provided a new community swimming pool for Wauwatosa and the surrounding area.

An attorney for more than 30 years in government and private practice, Dennis also worked as Public Relations Manager for Rexnord Inc. He served as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Terence Evans, worked for private law firms, and taught part-time at Marquette University Law School.  He spent 24 years as a Senior Trial Attorney and Supervisory Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"As a lawyer, I represented both individuals and corporations,” Dennis said.  "I am especially proud to have represented victims of job discrimination, including, for example, women who were sexually harassed or passed over for promotion.  I know how to make government work for the people.”

Some of Dennis’ other community activities include:

  • Public member of the State of Wisconsin Retirement Board
  • Director (Ex Officio) of the UWM Foundation
  • Member of the UW-Milwaukee Board of Visitors
  • Member of the Wauwatosa School District’s Long-Range Planning Committee
  • Co-founder of Wauwatosa East High School’s “Wall of Inspiration”

Dennis served two terms as President of the Wauwatosa Common Council.  He also served as Chair of the Council’s Financial Affairs Committee and the Transportation Affairs Committee.

While on the Council, Dennis also was a Director of the Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation, a member of the Wauwatosa Economic Development Advisory Committee, and Common Council liaison to the Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission.

A partial list of his other leadership roles includes:

  • Chair of the City of Wauwatosa Civil Service Commission
  • President of the Pasadena Neighborhood Association in Wauwatosa
  • President-Elect of the UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association
  • Co-Chair of the Wauwatosa High School Memorial Project (which restored the historic lobby at Wauwatosa East High School and created a history museum)
  • Vice President of SOS Wauwatosa
  • Vice President of the Wauwatosa Historical Society
  • Coordinator of the Hedge School at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Dennis is a graduate of Wauwatosa East High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, and a law degree from New York University.

As a UWM senior, Dennis was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and received the Chancellor’s Award as the university’s top scholar-athlete.

In the years since then, Dennis has received UWM’s Alumni Citizenship Award and the Federal Executives Association of Milwaukee’s Community Service Award.

He has been rated “AV Preeminent” (highest for legal ability and professional ethics) in a legal community poll, and in 2014 was named a Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation, an honor given to only a small percentage of Wisconsin attorneys.

A member of UWM’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Dennis twice won the Milwaukee Mayfair Marathon, the predecessor to the Lakefront Marathon.  More than 40 years after graduation, he still holds one of the fastest 10,000-meter times ever run by a UWM athlete.

A member of Tosa East’s 1972 state championship track & field team and an all-conference athlete in three sports, Dennis will be inducted into Wauwatosa East High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in July 2018.

Dennis is a member of the Charles Jacobus Park Neighborhood Association and St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he sings in the Senior Choir.

Dennis is married to Karen Barry and is the proud father of Meredith, Gillian, and Donovan McBride.  He is honored to be the father-in-law of Meredith’s husband, attorney Matthew Meltzer.

Dennis’ parents were prominent journalists Raymond E. McBride and Marian “Toni” McBride, both of whom are members of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.