One of my favorite WI Legislators(and regular readers know I do not have many) is Representative Mandy Wright. Mandy Wright is a former teacher who in 2012 took the legislature by storm. She was a first term-er, who not only represented the 85th assembly well, but truly represented Wisconsin.
Mandy Wright is an educator and involved citizen focused on empowering her
community. As a wife, parent of three beautiful daughters, teacher, and volunteer, Mandy has deep roots in Central Wisconsin.Born and raised in Wausau, Mandy grew up exploring the woods and Wisconsin River near her childhood home north of Wausau. She attended Riverview Elementary and earned Varsity letters as a cross-country ski captain, goalie and captain of the girls’ soccer team, and the football kicker. After graduating from Wausau East, she studied English and Norwegian, receiving her B.A. from St. Olaf College. She worked for the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as an after-school coordinator at Jefferson Elementary organizing many community programs and events. In 2000, Mandy organized a Food Camp for children focused on local, sustainable food production. Her family is a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The Wrights also frequent local farmer’s markets and make a point to shop locally. Mandy and her husband volunteer to teach religious education at their church. With an MA in Education from Viterbo University, Mandy worked for four years as an English and English Language Learner teacher at Wausau West. After her third child was born, she took a year to be a stay-at-home mom and taught evening classes for Upper Iowa University. She taught sixth grade and was coaching soccer at Horace Mann Middle School prior to her election in 2012. Since serving, she has worked as the State Policy Coordinator for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service and as a High School English teacher in the Mosinee School District.