MADISON– Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) released the following statement announcing her candidacy for Wisconsin’s 16th Senate District:

“Over the past seven years, it has been my honor to represent and serve the people of the 48th Assembly District, as well as serving Dane County as a County Supervisor for two terms. When I first ran for office, I could have never imagined the successes and the challenges faced. Above all, my tenure in the Wisconsin State Assembly has given me the unparalleled opportunity to build relationships within our community, and to collaborate with my neighbors to make our state a better place. Together, we have fought to make our community safer and stronger, to lift up working families across Wisconsin, and to ensure that our government is working for the many, instead of the few.

Much work remains. Under the current leadership of the GOP-controlled legislature, Wisconsin continues to fall behind. Residents across Wisconsin are asking for our government leaders to take meaningful action to ensure that Wisconsin is a state where everyone is safe, can reach for their dreams, and where we invest in a better tomorrow. As a mother of four boys, I am proud to fight for Wisconsin families, and am committed to continuing to work to come together to find innovative long-term solutions that better our state. I am confident that my experience and passion will bring a positive impact to the communities of the 16th Senate District, as I continue in this mission.

Wisconsin needs progressive and pragmatic leaders who are accountable to their bosses– the people of our state. I am proud to announce my candidacy as a Democrat running for the 16th Senate District, where I vow to continue fighting for policies that work for all Wisconsinites and move our state forward.”


Born and raised in Dane County, Melissa served on the Dane County Board prior to being elected to represent the 48th Assembly District. Before her start in politics, Melissa owned a small business and worked in the private sector. Concern for the greater community and a vision for a better Wisconsin brought her to public service and community activism. She is a proud mother of 4 boys, and lives on Madison’s northside.

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