Who Represents Me?
Find Your State and Federal Legislators
Go to legis.wisconsin.gov. Toward the right hand side of the page, you'll see the words "Find my Legislators." Underneath, there is a space to enter your address. Type in your complete home address and click "Find." You will see a map of your legislative district and photos of your representative and senator in the Wisconsin State Legislature. To view your representative and senator in the United States Congress, click on "For more information, click here."
Learn About Your State Legislators
It is good to know which committees* they serve on, a bit of their biographical information and how they voted on important issues related to mental health. To locate this information, find your state legislators at www.legis.wisconsin.gov (instructions above).
*A committee is a small group of legislators that study bills related to the committee's focus. For example, a bill concerning mental health services might be assigned to a committee on Health and Human Services or the Committee on Mental Health Reform. The committee may propose changes to the bill and makes the initial determination if the bill should go forward in the legislature. Both legislative bodies, the Assembly and the Senate, have committees.
Wisconsin Legislature Website: legis.wisconsin.gov
The Wisconsin Legislature website provides a wealth of information, but it can sometimes be tough to find exactly what you need. If you have a question or need help navigating the website, contact the Legislative Reference Bureau 608-266-0341 or One East Main Street, Suite 200, Madison, WI, 53703. Or (as always), feel free to call NAMI Wisconsin at 608-268-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Elected Officials – Why Do I Need to Know Them?
In Wisconsin, we have a county-based mental health system. So it is very important to help our local officials understand the importance of quality mental health services and to advocate for increased mental health funding.
Who Are My Local Elected Officials?
Local elected officials include county board supervisors, the county executive, the district attorney, the county clerk, the clerk of courts, the sheriff and others.
The Wisconsin Counties Association website provides a listing of county websites. Each website is different, but you can find a tab labeled “county government,” “elected officials” or “county board” that will put you on the right track.