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Brett Hulsey

Brett Hulsey
Candidate For Governor

Brett Hulsey

Candidate Background

Office: 
Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

733 Struck St #44688, Madison WI

Phone Number: 
(608) 334-4994
Email Address: 

Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Brett Hulsey has been a state representative for four years serving parts of Madison, Middleton, and Shorewood Hills. He's been a member of the Assembly Jobs and Mining, Energy and Utilities, Tourism, Government Operations, Ways and Means, Natural Resources, and Tourism and State Facilities Committees, and State Bike Council. He's the founder of an award-winning environmental and energy firm, Better Environmental Solutions, promoting practical solutions that save lives, create jobs, and reduce pollution. He was also a Dane County Board supervisor for 14 years, where he chaired the Personnel and Finance Committee, the Lakes and Watersheds Commission, the Strategic Growth Committee and the Manure Management Committee. He was vice-chair of the Transportation Committees and the Chronic Wasting Disease Taskforce, and was a member of the Transportation Planning Board and Public Protection and Judiciary Committee.

Brett is a UW and Madison Area Technical College guest instructor and lecturer. He was also an environmental policy advisor and deputy political director for the Clinton and Gore campaign in 1992, and was a member of the Interior Department transition team. He served 17 years as an environmental educator and advocate for the Sierra Club working on clean water, air and conservation issues and headed the Great Lakes Program to clean up Lakes Michigan and Superior and the Fox River. He's also volunteered in Service to America and was an energy conservation advocate for the Alaska State Division of Energy during the last energy crisis. He was a Sierra Club JML 100 union vice-president and shop steward. 

Brett attended UW and the UW Certified Public Manager Program. He also attended Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering Resource Policy Center, Colorado State and Oklahoma State for wildlife biology. Brett has a Masters of Natural Science degree in zoology, geography and science education from the University of Oklahoma and received his bachelor's degree as an independent scholar in political economy from Middlebury College in 1982. 

His son, Tyler, attends UW Milwaukee and enjoys football, rugby, and band, and Lea is a 9th grader who enjoys singing, acting and Forensics. He's a school volunteer and former PTO co-president, and volunteers with the Youth Business Mentor Partnership to help young people get their first job. He's also the former president of the Madison Nordic Ski Club and is a church school teacher, reader and usher, as well as a Girl Scout parent volunteer and an MS Society fundraiser. 
 
Brett has received the Federal Emergency Management Agency Outstanding Public Service Award for helping flood victims and an ARC Elected Official Award for helping those with disabilities. He's also a Men's Fitness Clean Water Champion and a four-time Ironman.