Senator Janis Ringhand
State Senate - District 15
Elected to the Evansville City Council in 1998, Janis served on the Council until she was elected Mayor in 2002, a position she held for six years. She eventually returned to the City Council from 2008 until her election to the State Assembly in 2010.
It is her experience in local government and the lessons she learned during that time that serve as a constant guide for Janis in the State Legislature. “We balanced our budgets, tightened the belt when we needed to, and made the tough decisions. When there wasn’t consensus, it didn’t matter if there was an R or the D after your name. We would sit down, talk it out, and find a compromise. Madison needs a lot more of this.” ¹
Representative Don vruwink
State ASsembly - District 43
Don has dedicated his career to public education, spending 42 years as a school teacher. He served on the Milton City Council from 2011-2015, was elected president in 2014, and continues to sit on the Milton School Board to this day.
Don is a proud Democrat and wants to help advance important Democratic ideals like restoring funding to K-12 education and the UW System, supporting workers, protecting our environment, promoting good government, championing redistricting reform, and strengthening Wisconsin’s open records laws against attacks by the majority party. ²
Representative Deb Kolste
State Assembly - District 44
Deb was born in Nebraska in 1953. She was co-valedictorian of Kimball County High School. She is a graduate of Nebraska University with a degree in medical technology. She worked as a medical technologist at Mercy Health Systems before taking a leave to run for Assembly. Deb and her husband started and operated a successful medical clinic in Colby, Kansas. They sold that business and moved to Janesville. Deb manages a family farm, a grain operation, in Colby. While serving in the Assembly, Deb has served on the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health which has produced bipartisan legislation. Also, Deb was nominated to serve on a Legislative Council Study set in place to review Wisconsin’s technical colleges. ³
Representative mark spreitzer
State assembly - District 44
In addition to serving in the State Assembly, Representative Spreitzer served as President of the Beloit City Council until April 2015. He was first elected to the City Council in April 2011. He currently serves as the Assembly Caucas Chair.
Prior to taking office in the Assembly, Rep. Spreitzer worked as Assistant Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support for Beloit College. He graduated from Beloit College in 2009. Rep. Spreitzer is an active member of the community, participating in a variety of organizations, and spending his free time enjoying the outdoors and attending community events in the 45th District. ⁴