Hon. Jon Richards
State Representative Jon Richards represents Milwaukee's East Side, Downtown, and Bay View neighborhoods in the Wisconsin State Assembly's 19th district. He was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998, and has been re-elected ever since.
Jon is an attorney in Milwaukee. He owns a home in the Brady Street neighborhood of Milwaukee. Before entering law school, Jon worked as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India and worked as a reporter for business newspapers in Milwaukee and San Francisco. He is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and attended Keio University in Tokyo.
Jon has been a champion of reforming healthcare in Wisconsin. As chair of the Assembly committee on Health and Healthcare Reform, he has led the effort in the Legislature to reduce health care costs, cover every Wisconsinite with health insurance and promote wellness-based health care. Jon was the Assembly author of the statewide smoking ban. Jon also led the effort for the largest investment ever in UWM from the State of Wisconsin.
Jon is very active in the Milwaukee community. He is a four-time winner of the "Milwaukee's Best Legislator" award from theShepherd Express. He is a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee. He is a member of the Brady Street Area Association, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and the Bay View Lions Club.