Elizabeth Coggs was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2010. She currently serves as a member of the Committee on Housing, Committee on Transportation, Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal Privacy, and Committee on Urban and Local Affairs.
For 22 years Representative Coggs worked hard to represent the people of Milwaukee County.
She served as 10th District Supervisor from 1988-2010, where she was Chairwoman of the Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the Health and Human Needs Committee and Parks, Energy and Environment Committee.
She also served as Chairman of the Combined Community Services Board for ten years and served as Chairwoman of the Health and Human Needs Committee for six years.
In 1996 Representative Coggs was elected the Second Vice-Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, the first person of color and first female to be elected to this position by my peers.
Representative Coggs continues the legacy of politics as a family tradition. Her father, Isaac N. Coggs, was one of the first African-Americans elected to the State Legislature in 1952 and the Milwaukee County Board in 1964. Her mother, Marcia P. Coggs, was the first African-American woman elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1976. Her cousins State Senator Spencer Coggs, State Representative Leon Young, and Alderwoman Milele Coggs, also proudly serve Wisconsin as elected leaders.
Representative Coggs has a lifetime of involvement in the Milwaukee community. She is the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Back to School Festival, Chairman of Vision for Vliet, and a member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild, NAACP and Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God In Christ.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree
Coggs is a lifelong Milwaukee resident. Her father, Isaac N. Coggs, was one of the first African-Americans elected to the State Assembly (in 1952) and the County Board (in 1964). Her mother, Marcia P. Coggs, was the first African-American woman elected to either house of the Wisconsin Legislature (in 1976).
She graduated from Lincoln High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
She is currently running for Wisconsin State Senate district 6.
As Senator, Elizabeth Cogss will continue to be the voice for the people of the sixth district senate. She will continue to work on creating more family sustaining jobs in the city of Milwaukee. Since 2006, Elizabeth Coggs has been addressing the issue of high unemployment rates amongst African Americans in Milwaukee. She began the Milwaukee County’s Taskforce on Unemployment for Minorities which produced partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools (youth jobs), Wisconsin Correctional System (prisoner reentry opportunities), and the faith-based community organizations.
April 2012, State Rep. Elizabeth Coggs was named co-chair of Wisconsin State Taskforce on Minority Unemployment which is a bi-partisan committee appointed by the Governor to create solutions for high unemployment rates in minority communities.
State Rep. Elizabeth Coggs will continue to lead the fight in advocating for the elderly and disabled. In April 2011, Coggs began a petition to save Senior and Family Care from devastating cuts that were predicted to come in the 2011-2013 budget sessions; she and her supporting colleagues were successful!
As State Senator, Coggs will continue to support and fight for worker rights, quality education, and a better quality of life for all Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents. Coggs has a proven track record of introducing legislation that matters. She has been fighting for Milwaukee residents for 25 years now and plans on doing so with every breath in her body.
Nikiya Q. Harris
Nikiya Q. Harris currently represents the 2nd District on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Nikiya was elected to office in May 2010 out of a crowded field of eleven candidates.
She was re-elected to her first full four year term this past April without opposition.
Nikiya is a Milwaukee native with strong roots in the 6th Senate District. Nikiya graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master’s in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s in Community Education. In college, she interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for the Democratic Whip Leader, Congressman David Bonior.
Nikiya cares deeply for the needs of her family and community. After the loss of her mother over ten years ago, Nikiya, determined to keep her siblings out of the foster care system, raised three of her younger siblings, a role she affectionately calls “sister-mom.”
Nikiya supports legislation to create jobs and spur economic growth and development. Investments in public transportation and high-speed rail would create jobs right in the 6th District at companies like Talgo. She has marched with unions, their members and supporters in Madison against the elimination of collective bargaining.
Nikiya led the fight for voter’s rights by opposing Scott Walker’s Voter ID Law. She fought to insure fewer voters would be turned away from the polls due to lack of ID by making it possible for 5,000 Milwaukee County Residents to receive a FREE birth certificate.
“I am running for the state senate to protect vital programs and services that improve our quality of life but have been devastated by Scott Walker’s budget cuts.
“I spent much of my childhood living in public housing being raised by my grandmother, the matriarch of my family.
“As she has grown older, I have seen some of the tough decisions that have to be made regarding her health and living arrangements within the constraints of a fixed income.
“That is why I support Family Care, a state-funded program that allows seniors to receive medical and social services in their own homes.
“Unfortunately, because of Scott Walker’s budget cuts, Family Care now has a waiting list, imposing grave burdens on fixed-income seniors.
“As your state senator, I will fight to restore full funding for this important program that protects the health and dignity of our senior citizens.
“I graduated from Washington High School and have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from UWM.
“Thanks to a good public education system, at the kindergarten through high school level and at the college and university level, I was able to escape poverty and move into the middle class. That is why protecting our public schools is a high priority for me.
“The toughest issue will be working to create jobs.
“Even though the communities in the 6th Senate district suffer from unemployment, Scott Walker refuses to invest in projects that would create thousands of jobs: repairing our roads and bridges; fixing our rundown school buildings; high speed rail; and clean technology.
“I will work to develop a new consensus to support the creation of new jobs but it will take some time given the current political climate.”
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