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Bill Feehan

Candidate For State Senate 32

Bill Feehan

Candidate Background


PO Box 1865
La Crosse, WI 5460

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Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Bill was born to Bill Feehan, Sr. and Barbara on July 17, 1960 at St. Mary’s Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana. He is the oldest of six in a working class Irish, Italian Catholic family.
Bill’s parents’ families came from rural Iowa. His paternal grandfather was a union foreman on the Burlington Railroad for 40 years; his maternal grandfather was a coal miner who later opened a bar/restaurant. After moving with the family several times, Bill graduated from Wayzata Senior High School in 1978 with letters in football and golf.

His family includes his wife, Sue Kolve-Feehan, his daughter, Cady, 19, and his step children Amy, 26, and Brandon, 21. Amy also has two young children.He also spends a lot of time reading, recently finishing Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly, American Lion, a biography of Andrew Jackson, and The Creature from Jekyll Island, about the history of banking and the Federal Reserve.
After working in the bar and restaurant scene for a number of years, Bill started his first business in 1988: Top Turf Lawn Care in Chanhassen, Minn.
In 1992 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, one of the nation’s top ten Psychology programs, with a focus on employee engagement.
Carrying on a bit of a family tradition, he started Headliner’s Bar & Grill in Mound, Minnesota in 1993. In 1996, he put his foodservice experience to use as the in-house representative for Unilever with Reinhart Foods, which is when he moved to La Crosse. He decided he’d stay here in Western Wisconsin because of the friendly people and amazing natural beauty.
He was promoted three times over the next several years, becoming regional account manager and handling business with regional food service chains. He’s earned several recognitions as an outstanding employee over the years.
The defining moment in Bill’s life was when he married Sue Kolve on June 12, 2004. Two years later, the two combined their talents and founded Big Dreams, LLC and The Salon Professional Academy, which opened in 2006.
In 2011, Bill and Sue founded The Studio by Sue Kolve, the third successful business in the group they have built into a popular and well-known enterprise that employs more than 75 people in the La Crosse area. Today, Bill mainly manages the businesses’ finances.
Political Involvement
Bill has long been interested in public policy, and he got actively involved in 2005 when he was asked to serve as a community columnist for the La Crosse Tribune. He also served as a debate panelist during Wisconsin’s 2006 gubernatorial election.
Bill saw that 2008 would be a crucial election year, so he volunteered for John McCain’s presidential campaign. He also got involved in local politics, and in 2009 he was elected vice chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party. In April 2010 Bill won a campaign for La Crosse County Board, becoming supervisor from the 3rd district on a promise to tackle boundless spending and runaway taxes, a mission he has fought for during his time on the board.
As a county board supervisor he earned spots on various committees and panels:

  • La Crosse County Health and Human Services Board
  • La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council
  • City of La Crosse Municipal Parking Utility

In 2011, Bill was elected chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party, where he’s worked to restore honest, civil, intelligent dialogue in a time when Wisconsin’s politics have been poisoned with recall campaigns and divisive rhetoric. As chairman, Bill publicly opposed the use of recalls as a political tactic by either party.
In March 2012, Bill announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 32nd State Senate District.
“I’m approached by people every day who think my experiences as a local business owner and elected official would bring a unique perspective to Madison,” says Bill.