Senator Van Wanggaard – 21st Senate District


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Van Wanggaard for State Senate

1246 Blane Avenue

Racine, WI 53405


Racine native Van and his wife MaryJo, who is also a life long resident of the district, have been married 40 years.  Van’s career as a police officer spanned nearly thirty years, during which he held many different positions within the department.

In March of 2000, Van’s law enforcement career was cut short when he became a victim of a federal fugitive who was fleeing custody. Van was struck head-on in his squad car at 60 mph, and suffered serious injuries. Van was forced into retirement the following year, and he immediately began looking for new opportunities to serve the public.

In 2002, Van ran for the Racine County Board of Supervisors, and won with nearly 70% of the vote over a 10-year incumbent. Van was a leader during his 4-terms on the board, serving as the Vice Chair of Finance and Human Services Committee, and Chairman of the Public Protection and Criminal Justice Committee. Van was also appointed by Racine Mayors Gary Becker and John Dickert for two consecutive five year terms on the Racine Police and Fire Commission

With a lifetime of dedication to public service, Van has spent his adult life working for a safe, secure and positive community in which to live and raise a family. Van was elected to the State Senate in 2010, on a platform of balancing the budget without raising taxes, improving the job climate in Wisconsin and protecting our most vulnerable.


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