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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Chris Larson (Democratic Party) is a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 7. Larson assumed office in 2011. Larson's current term ends on January 2, 2023.

Larson is running for election for Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin. Larson is on the ballot in the general election on April 7, 2020.

Larson served as Senate Minority Leader from 2013 to 2015.

Larson is a lifelong Wisconsinite. He earned a B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and managed a sporting goods store before being elected Milwaukee County Supervisor in 2008, a position he held until his election to the senate.

Education

  • BS, Finance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007

Professional Experience

  • BS, Finance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007
  • Member, Lake Park Friends
  • Manager, Sporting Goods Store

Political Experience

  • BS, Finance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007
  • Member, Lake Park Friends
  • Manager, Sporting Goods Store
  • Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, 2010-present
  • Former Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
  • Candidate, Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, 2018
  • County Supervisor, Milwaukee County, 2008-2009

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Member, Committee on Education and Correction, Wisconsin State Senate

Member, Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Tourism, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Education Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Insurance and Housing Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Insurance, Housing, and Trade Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Labor and Government Reform Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Former Member, Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs Committee, Wisconsin State Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Administrative Rules Committee

Member, Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions Committee

Member, Education Committee

Member, Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

Member, Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions

Member, Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Finance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007
  • Member, Lake Park Friends
  • Manager, Sporting Goods Store
  • Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, 2010-present
  • Former Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate
  • Candidate, Wisconsin State Senate, District 7, 2018
  • County Supervisor, Milwaukee County, 2008-2009
  • Member, Airport Area Economic Development Group
  • Member, Arbor Day Foundation
  • Member, Badgerland Striders
  • Member, Bay View Historical Society
  • Member, Bay View Lions Club
  • Member, Bay View Neighborhood Association
  • Member, Coalition for Advancing Transit Steering Committee
  • Member, Humboldt Park Watch
  • Member, Milwaukee Public Television Friends
  • Member, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, South Shore Park Watch
  • Member, South Side Business Club of Milwaukee
  • Member, Thomas More Alumni Club
  • Member, Tri-Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
  • Member, Young Elected Officials
Elections

2020

General election
General election for Milwaukee County Executive

David Crowley and Chris Larson ran in the general election for Milwaukee County Executive on April 7, 2020.

David Crowley (Nonpartisan)

Chris Larson (Nonpartisan)

Primary election
Primary for Milwaukee County Executive

Chris Larson and David Crowley defeated Theodore Lipscomb Sr. and Purnima Nath in the primary for Milwaukee County Executive on February 18, 2020.

Chris Larson (Nonpartisan)
36.3%
42,154 Votes

David Crowley (Nonpartisan)
34.3%
39,756 Votes

Theodore Lipscomb Sr. (Nonpartisan)
16.6%
19,252 Votes

Purnima Nath (Nonpartisan)
12.3%
14,218 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.5%
624 Votes

Total votes: 116,004

2018

General election
General election for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Incumbent Chris Larson (D) defeated Red Arnold (R) in the general election for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on November 6, 2018.

Chris Larson (D)
66.3%
56,198 Votes

Red Arnold (R)
33.6%
28,459 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.2%
165 Votes

Total votes: 84,822

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Incumbent Chris Larson advanced from the Democratic primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Chris Larson (D)
100%
20,783 Votes

Total votes: 20,783

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7

Red Arnold advanced from the Republican primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Red Arnold (R)
100%
6,215 Votes

Total votes: 6,215

2014

Elections for 17 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Chris Larson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Red Arnold ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Larson defeated Arnold in the general election.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Larson Incumbent 59.6% 41,950
Republican Red Arnold 40.4% 28,387
Total Votes 70,337

2010

Larson defeated incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Plale in the September 14 primary. He defeated Republican Jess Ripp in the November 2 general election.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 7 (2010) General Election

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Larson (D) 37,165 57.11%
Jess Ripp (R) 27,772 42.68%

Primary

District 7 was heavily Democratic, and a primary win, which Larson successfully obtained, was tantamount to a November victory.

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Larson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Wisconsin Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Larson (D) 7,962 60.61%
Jeff Plale (D) (incumbent) 5,148 39.19 %

Larson's upset caused Wisconsin's political pundits to get a head start on forecasting what it might mean for the state's next legislative session to have Larson sitting the seat once held by Plale:

"And if you think what happens in South Milwaukee doesn’t mean much up in the north, consider the fact that the palace coup that left Senator Russ Decker as Senate Majority Leader was a one-vote deal, which is exactly what Senator Plale had to contribute. Look for possible repercussions come January."

Plale worked closely with Wisconsin's Democratic leader of the Senate, Russ Decker. Decker won the Senate leadership by a single vote three years ago and the loss of Plale as an ally could cost him that position when the legislature reconvenes, assuming Democrats retain majority status.

Speeches

MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript

Feb. 22, 2011Interview
Events

2020

May 14
7th Senate District Town Hall

Thur 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Apr. 7
Election Night Party

Tue 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Apr. 3