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Andy Jorgensen

Candidate For Assembly District 43

Andy Jorgensen

Candidate Background

Incumbent
Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

1148 Brown Drive
Milton WI

Phone Number: 
(920) 222-6056
Email Address: 

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

Deep Roots in Wisconsin

Andy was born in Omro, Wisconsin, the son of hard-working dairy farmers. As a young man, he trained at the Brown Institute for a career in radio broadcasting, which led him to a job at WFAW in Fort Atkinson. While at the station, “Andy Arbuckle,” as he was known to his listeners, met and married his wife, Toni. They are now proud parents to two sons, Jens and Myles, and a daughter, Camryn.

In 1995, Andy switched gears career-wise, and started a job working on the assembly line at General Motors’ Janesville plant. His friends and co-workers chose him to serve as a shop steward for UAW Local 95. It was in that position he developed a sincere interest in politics, eventually leading him to run for the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Standing Up for You in Our Capitol

Andy was first elected to serve his friend and neighbors in November of 2006. Re-elected again in 2008 and 2010, he has represented the needs of working - and struggling - Wisconsinites effectively, both in the minority and in the majority.

In the 2011-12 legislative session, Rep. Jorgensen served on the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Transportation, Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs and Audit.

Andy never missed a vote a floor in the last session and was always there to be a voice for the people he represents. As a result of his hard work on the floor, Andy was named the "2010 Friend of Towns" by the Towns Association and has been voted "Best Politician" for 6 years in a row by the readers of the Daily Jefferson County Union newspaper.

Record of Accessibility

Andy understands that to be an effective lawmaker, he has to listen. With this in mind, Andy has made himself available whenever someone wants to meet with him. Since taking office in 2007, he’s held more than 500 legislative listening sessions, with at least one in every village, town, and city in his district!

And, Andy always makes sure people hear back, when they contact him. He thanks you for your feedback, and asks you to keep it coming!

Agricultural Background

Andy's upbringing on a Wisconsin dairy farm has made agriculture in this state a prominent part of his background. His parents being hardworking farmers has stayed with him to this day in the legislature as he sits on the Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs.

Because of his agricultural roots Andy has become a member of the Jefferson County AgriBusiness Club and the Fort Atkinson FFA Alumni, he also has been a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. He also has a track record of frequently visiting FFA classes in his area to talk about the relationship between farming and politics.

Andy also enstills his farming upbringing in his kids. All three of his children have shown calves at the Jefferson County Fair.

Community Involvement

Andy serves as a board member of both the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin and the Jefferson County Literacy Council. He is active with the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Council.

Andy has previously served as Cub Scout leader of Pack 137, member of the Jefferson County Labor Council and as chairperson of the executive board of Fort Fest, Inc.

He is also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, having served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.