MILWAUKEE – Steven Olikara, a Brookfield, Wisconsin native, son of Indian immigrants, entrepreneur, and nonprofit leader, announced today his campaign to be Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senator. The launch included a speech from former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton who formally endorsed Olikara’s candidacy.

“Steven’s unique focus on the dignity of constituents informs a politics of respect and engagement and ensures policies that revive our commitment to the common good. I’m proud to endorse Steven Olikara for the U.S. Senate. He will be an amazing leader for our state.”

Former State Rep. and candidate for the 8th C.D. Amanda Stuck, Milwaukee community builder Keith Stanley, and public school teacher Lisa Mattes also spoke, formally endorsing Olikara.

“I’m calling on all Wisconsinites to join our movement for a more inclusive form of politics,” says Olikara. “From farmers in the Driftless to workers in Milwaukee and Green Bay, from Eau Claire community builders to students across the state – everyone can help build a Wisconsin that ensures dignity for all.”

Since announcing his Exploratory Committee in May, Olikara has embarked on a statewide listening  tour. Called “The Dignity Tour,” Olikara’s journey included stops across the state driven by the growing urgency to pass legislation that addresses the needs of many Americans that have been left out of politics.

Olikara will continue this same approach from the Dignity Tour on his campaign and as a U.S. Senator – listen first and build diverse, inclusive coalitions. During his campaign launch, Olikara shared his vision of building coalitions to pass legislation on key issues impacting our most marginalized communities: money in politics, dignified work, the climate crisis, and human rights, and he called for a more inclusive and compassionate form of politics.

Olikara has devoted his life and career to bringing people together from opposite sides of the political divide. He founded the Millennial Action Project, a national nonprofit that activates young leaders and elected officials to bridge the political divide and create real change. For two years, Olikara hosted “Red & Blue Dialogues” across Wisconsin with political leaders and constituents engaging in conversations focused on solving key local and national issues. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named it one of “10 big ideas to help fix Wisconsin’s problems.”

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Press is invited to join Olikara for Senate next Tuesday, August 24th in Sturgeon Bay for an event hosted by former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton.

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