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Jim Ott

Candidate For Assembly District 23

Jim Ott

Candidate Background


11743 North Lake Shore Drive , Mequon WI

Phone Number: 
(262) 241-9411
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Candidate Biography

From candidate website

As a life-long resident of southeastern Wisconsin, I appreciate the natural resources of our state and the efforts of the many great people that make this a wonderful place to live. As a resident of the 23rd Assembly District since 1986, I feel I have a good grasp of the issues that are important to my neighbors.


Obtaining a law degree from Marquette University has helped me to gain a better understanding of constitutional issues and the legislative process. I chaired the MU Judiciary and Ethics Committee, as well as co-chaired the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative rules during the 2011-12 session of the legislature.


Whether you reside in Brown Deer, Bayside, Mequon or northwestern Milwaukee County, serving as your representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly is an honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously. Listed below is some on my biographical information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Between now and November 4th, I hope to meet as many of you in person as possible.


Biographical information

  • Born: Milwaukee, WI 6/5/47
  • Residence: Mequon, since 1986
  • Married to Carol for 27 years; two grown sons John and Chris, one grandchild


  • Washington High School, Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Bachelor of Science, 1970
    • Master of Science, 1975
  • Marquette University
    • Law Degree, 2000

Military Service

  • U.S. Army Security Agency, 1970-73
    • Served in Vietnam: 1971-72
  • Granted Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Received Vietnam Campaign Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation

Work Experience

  • Fulltime lecturer at UW-Parkside, 1977-81
  • Meteorologist at Today’s TMJ 4 and WTMJ Radio 1976-2006
    • Journal Communications Unitholder’s Council, 1995-97
    • Chairman of the Stock and Business Information Committee, 1996-97
    • Employee Representative on the Board of Directors, 1996-97
  • Taught various semester courses at Carroll College, Cardinal Stritch University, UWM and Marquette University
  • Wisconsin State Assembly, Representative for the 23rd District, 2007-present


  • Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, 1986-present
    • Parish Council President 1991-92
    • Grief Support Group facilitator, 1985-2008
    • Bible study group leader, 1990-present
    • Received Vatican II Service Award from Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1999
  • Republican Party of Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Ozaukee County Chapters)
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Legion
  • Mequon-Thiensville Rotary Club
  • Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce