About Leah Vukmir
Leah Vukmir is a devoted mother, dedicated nurse, conservative reformer, and lifelong Wisconsinite. The daughter of Greek immigrants and a first generation American, Leah learned early in life the value of an honest day’s work – a lesson that has shaped her life in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
Leah graduated from Brookfield East High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked part-time jobs throughout high school and college to pay for her education, gaining experiences that would help her raise her two children, Elena and Niko, provide quality care to her patients, and succeed as one of Wisconsin’s most tenacious State Senators during a formative moment in Wisconsin’s history.
Leah’s political journey is a personal one that began in a Wauwatosa classroom. She raised eyebrows when she dared ask a question about her daughter’s kindergarten reading curriculum – a simple question that would change her life in an unexpected way.
Leah wasn’t satisfied with the answers she got from her daughter’s teachers and school administrators, so she began advocating for higher educational standards in her daughter’s school district and throughout the state of Wisconsin – an effort that won her a seat in the state Assembly and led to her current position as Wisconsin Senate assistant majority leader.
Determined to champion commonsense legislation that provided a hand-up to Wisconsinites who work hard and play by the rules, Leah fought for reforms that would improve the state’s education system, establish a positive economic environment where businesses could grow and create new, family-supporting jobs, and defend the constitutional rights of her fellow citizens.
Leah didn’t just fight for reform – she won. A conservative crusader in the state Senate, Leah took a principled vote to pass Governor Walker’s signature Act 10 legislation – a vote that would lead to unprecedented protests, media frenzy, and the historic recall elections of 2011 and 2012. But despite mounting pressures, Leah stood her ground and continued to fight for her beliefs. Six years later, Wisconsin continues to move forward with lower taxes, increased job opportunities, and an ever-improving economic climate.
Despite her legislative success, Leah has continued her work to improve the lives of Wisconsinites. She’s traveled the state, meeting with people to listen to their stories, hear their concerns, and find solutions to the problems they face.
Throughout her journeys, one issue has remained constant – Wisconsinites don’t feel that Senator Tammy Baldwin is representing their interests. Instead of working hard to solve problems, Tammy Baldwin has gone Washington – more invested in her own political future than in doing what’s best for her constituents.
That’s why Leah is running for the U.S. Senate. It’s time to change the status quo and put people before politics. Washington needs a healthy dose of the Wisconsin Way. Leah will deliver it through her tireless work ethic and fiery brand of reform-minded conservatism.