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Peggy A. Rosenzweig (born November 5, 1936) is a former member of the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin State Assembly. She served in the Wisconsin Legislature from 1983 to 2003.[1]

Political career

Before being elected to the Assembly, she worked as director of community relations for the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and a consultant for the Independence Bank of Wauwatosa.[2][3]

Rosenzweig began her career in the Wisconsin Legislature as another later ended it, challenging a long-time incumbent Republican for the nomination. She defeated George Klicka in the September 1982 primaries 3,487 to 2,752,[4] before defeating Democrat James Bottoni in the general election, 12,773 to 7,536.[5]

In April 1993, Rosenzweig won a special election against Democrat David Cullen to an open seat in the Wisconsin State Senate.[2][6] She was unseated in the 2002 primaries by fellow Republican Thomas G. Reynolds, who claimed she was too liberal on issues such as abortion and gun-control.[7] The election may have been influenced by the redrawing of the 5th Senate District after the 2000 census, which increased its proportion of Republicans.[8]

In 2003, Rosenzweig was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System by governor Jim Doyle, serving until 2008.[9][10]

In 2006, Rosenzweig was appointed to the board of the Wisconsin Technical College System.[11]

Personal life and education

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Rosenzweig graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1978 with a degree in political science. She also attended Juilliard for two semesters in the early 1950s. Rosenzweig is married to David Y. Rosenzweig, a doctor and professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.[12] As of 2011, she had five adult children and twelve grandchildren. She lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.[2]

Rosenzweig is Jewish, having been raised in the Reform tradition.[13]

Electoral history

2002 State Senate GOP Primary

  • Tom Reynolds-55%
  • Peggy Rozenzweig (inc)-45%


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  2. ^ a b c Wisconsin Blue Book, 2001, p.30.
  3. ^ "Bank consultant to run for State Assembly seat", Milwaukee Journal June 10, 1982, at 7.
  4. ^ Eugene C. Harrington, "5 incumbents beaten out for Assembly seats" Milwaukee Journal, September 15, 1982, at 3.
  5. ^ "Recounts could alter margin", Milwaukee Journal, November 3, 1982 at 8.
  6. ^ Steven Walters, "To the victors: GOP begins search for staff, big offices" Milwaukee Sentinel, April 8, 1993, at 3.
  7. ^ Georgia Pabst, "Rosenzweig loses longtime seat", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 11, 2002.
  8. ^ Pete Millard, "Redistricting sparks hot GOP primary", Business Journal of Milwaukee, August 30, 2002.
  9. ^ Editorial: "A truce needed on regents", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 16, 2003, at 14A.
  10. ^ Erica Perez, "Two named to UW Board of Regents", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 28, 2008.
  11. ^ Press release, "Technical College System Board elects new leadership", July 27, 2006.
  12. ^ Elizabeth Shine planning to wed M.S. Rosenzweig", New York Times, February 7, 1988, at 165.
  13. ^ Erin Cohen, "Jewish teachings, values inspire legislators’ work", The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, September 17, 2004.