Senator Lena Taylor is not known for being a shrinking violet. Rather, she is a powerful, articulate force to be reckoned with, and a force that is not afraid to fight for what she believes in, even when it takes her on a nontraditional course or places her in an unpopular position.
A life-long resident of Milwaukee, Senator Taylor is a graduate of Rufus King High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993.
After law school, Taylor worked as a public defender for more than two years, representing indigent citizens in need of legal services. In 1996, she opened Taylor and Associates Law Office, a general practice firm on Milwaukee’s north side.
Wanting to make a difference and seeking to facilitate change in some of the injustices she witnessed, Senator Taylor ran for and was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election in April 2003. She was subsequently elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. When Democrats were elected to the majority in the Wisconsin State Senate in November 2006, Taylor was chosen to Chair the Committee on Judiciary and Corrections, on which she had served for the preceding two years. In January 2007, Senator Taylor was selected by the Majority Leader to serve on the powerful Joint Committee on Finance for the second time.
Senator Taylor has made her mark in government and almost immediately earned the respect of her peers for her intellect, understanding and ability to articulate her position with thoughtfulness and passion. These traits have earned her positions on the Joint Committee on Retirement Systems, the Legislative Council Committee on Affirmative Action, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), the Marquette Interchange Labor Development Committee, the Legislative Council Committee on Sex Offender Placement, Judicial Council, Sentencing Commission, and the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance, and Job Creation.
Wherever decisions are being made in Milwaukee, wherever work needs to be done, and wherever proactive change needs to take place, you will find Senator Taylor in the thick of things. She is passionate about her community and her constituents, and without a doubt, Milwaukee is just beginning to catch a glimpse of the legacy Senator Taylor will leave on this community.