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Lawyer , politician , member of the Wisconsin State Assembly

Jon Richards, American state legislator. Recipient Friend of Agriculture award, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, 2006, Voice for Choice award, Planned Parenthood Wisconsin; Flemming fellow, Center Policy Alternatives. Member of American Council Young Political Leaders, Milwaukee County Democratic Party, Bay View History Society, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Lions.

Background

Richards, Jon was born on September 5, 1963 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States.

Education

Bachelor, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1986. Juris Doctor, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1994.

Career

Richards announced on October 16, 2013, that he would run for Wisconsin attorney general rather than seek re-election. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Richards graduated from Waukesha North High School. Richards received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University.

Before earning his law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School, he attended Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Richards taught English in Japan and volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was a special prosecutor in the Kenosha County district attorney's office before being elected to the Wisconsin State General Assembly, where he has represented the 19th district since 1998.

He served as Assistant Minority Leader from 2003-2007. In October 2013, Richards announced he would run for attorney general in Wisconsin. He came in second in the Democratic primary election of August 2014, with 90,101 votes (33%) to 144,369 (52%) for Susan Happ, and 42,555 (15%) for Ismael Ozanne.

Membership

Member of American Council Young Political Leaders, Milwaukee County Democratic Party, Bay View History Society, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Bay View Lions.