Transcript - Growing up on a farm, you work from sun up to sun down. And the only way to get everything done is by working together.
I'm State Senator Julie Lassa.
It's a lesson I've tried to pass on to my own kids. And to my colleagues in the State Senate.
It hasn't always been easy, but it's never been more important.
I've worked with Republicans and Democrats to crack down on Internet child predators.
Helped to create tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans.
And even stood up to big insurance companies that try to deny coverage to our kids.
And to help grow Wisconsin's economy, I'm proposing a new law that gives local companies first crack at state contracts.
So we can create jobs here not in India or China.
Working together to get things done; my parents showed us it works on the farm.
And with your help, we'll prove it can work in Madison too.
I'm Julie Lassa, I'm running for the 24th Senate District and I'm asking for your vote on November 6th.
Biography - Julie grew up on her parents' dairy farm in northern Portage County in central Wisconsin. She attended Stevens Point Area Senior High, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and performed graduate work at the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs at UW-Madison.
Julie was appointed to the Town of Dewey Board as a Supervisor in 1993, was elected to the State Assembly in 1998 and subsequently won a special election to the State Senate in 2003. At 40 years old, Julie has built an impressive record working for middle class families and standing up to special interests. In the legislature she has focused on enhancing private-sector job creation and promoting small business, making government more accountable to taxpayers, and protecting children.
Julie has a well-earned reputation for staying in close touch with the people of her district and working across party lines to find common sense solutions. Even before her service in the state legislature, Julie understood the important role that small businesses play in Wisconsin's economy. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point she worked as Executive Director of the Plover Area Business Association. In that role she worked closely with local small business owners to promote business growth in the region. That's why Julie has been a champion for Wisconsin small businesses in the legislature. She is also a member of the Heart of Wisconsin Business & Economic Alliance, Portage County Business Council and Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
As the Chair of the Senate Economic Development committee in the 2009-2010 session, Julie wrote the Wisconsin C.O.R.E. Jobs Act – an omnibus job creation package that was signed into law to help put Wisconsin back on the road to economic recovery. C.O.R.E., which stands for Connecting Opportunity, Research and Entrepreneurship, contains nearly twenty provisions that will help retain and grow existing businesses and assist entrepreneurs to build new small businesses to create good paying jobs right here in Wisconsin. She also authored the law which created the Green to Gold Fund to help small and mid-sized businesses improve their energy efficiency and create new products and services to meet the growing demand for green energy technologies. Recognizing the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin and the need to provide consumers and school children with healthy fresh foods, Julie authored the laws that created the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin and Farm to School programs.
Julie has been an advocate for fiscal reform in government, having written the law to create the Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement Hotline to identify and eliminate wasteful spending. She has authored legislation to require greater transparency and accountability in government through regular performance and management audits of government agencies and reform of the state's contracting practices through the Truth in State Contracting Act. She also wrote a proposal to close the revolving door between former government officials and special interests.
Julie has been recognized for her work on promoting the safety and health of children, having written new laws to help identify and correct hearing impairments in children. She wrote the BPA-Free Kids Act that bans this toxic chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups sold in Wisconsin. She has also worked to protect children from abuse and neglect, including strengthening penalties for child sex predators.
Julie and her family live in Stevens Point.
She is married to John Moe and together they have three daughters.