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Michael J. Sheridan Edit Profile

politician , member of the Wisconsin State Assembly

Michael J. 'Mike' Sheridan is a former Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, the lower house of the Wisconsin legislature, and a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, who represented the 44th Assembly District from 2005 to 2011.

Background

Sheridan, Michael was born on September 17, 1958 in Janesville, Wisconsin, United States.

Education

University of Massachusetts (Bachelor of Business Administration). Western New England College (Juris Doctor).

Career

Sheridan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. He later earned his associate degree at University of Wisconsin–Rock County in 2004. In March 2007, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on a bill sponsored by Sheridan and State Rep.

Eugene Hahn of Cambria, Wisconsin that would offer a $1,000 tax cr for buyers of flex-fuel vehicles, representing a benefit for the automobile and ethanol industries. Hahn was reported to have an investment in an ethanol company, and Sheridan's position at the UAW was highlighted. The Janesville Gazette editorialized that the Janesville economy was dependent on the success of the GM plant, and "arguably his biggest concern.

Voters expect him to fight for GM's interests at the Capitol." In February 2010, Sheridan admitted dating a lobbyist for payday lenders at a time when the Wisconsin Legislature was debating regulating the industry. On November 2, 2010, Sheridan was defeated for reelection. In April 2014, Sheridan announced he would run for the Wisconsin State Senate seat being vacated by Tim Cullen.

Achievements

  • On August 12, 2014, Sheridan came in a weak third in the Democratic primary election, behind former Cullen aide Austin Scieszinski and the winner, State Representative Janis Ringhand.

Membership

He was a member of the Committees on Rules and Assembly Organization and was elected to serve as Speaker by the Democratic caucus on November 12, 2008, following the November 4, 2008 election in which the Democratic Party gained a majority in the Assembly. Before entering politics he worked as an auto assembly worker for General Motors Janesville Assembly, during which he was an active member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 95, of which he has been President.

Connections

Married Sarah Sheridan. Children: Jason, Aaron, Hannah.

spouse:
Sarah Sheridan

child:
Jason Sheridan

child:
Aaron Sheridan

child:
Hannah Sheridan