Julie M. Lassa

Julie Lassa
Candidate For State Senate 24

Julie M. Lassa

Candidate Background


PO Box 483
Plover, WI 54467

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Candidate Biography

Julie grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in northern Portage County in central Wisconsin. She attended Stevens Point Area Senior High, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and performed graduate work at the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. 

Julie was appointed to the Town of Dewey Board as a Supervisor, was elected to the State Assembly and subsequently won a special election to the State Senate. Julie has built an impressive record working for middle class families and standing up to special interests. In the legislature she has focused on enhancing private-sector job creation and promoting small business, making government more accountable to taxpayers, and protecting children. 

Julie has a well-earned reputation for staying in close touch with the people of her district and working across party lines to find common sense solutions. Even before her service in the state legislature, Julie understood the important role that small businesses play in Wisconsin’s economy. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point she worked as Executive Director of the Plover Area Business Association. In that role she worked closely with local small business owners to promote business growth in the region. That’s why Julie has been a champion for Wisconsin small businesses in the legislature. She is also a member of the Black River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Wisconsin Business & Economic Alliance, Portage County Business Council and Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce.  In recognition of her work to advance small business, the Portage County Business Council awarded her the Friend of Small Business Award in 2007. 

As the Chair of the Senate Economic Development committee in the 2009-2010 session, Julie wrote the Wisconsin C.O.R.E. Jobs Act – an omnibus job creation package that was signed into law to help put Wisconsin back on the road to economic recovery. C.O.R.E., which stands for Connecting Opportunity, Research and Entrepreneurship, contains nearly twenty provisions to help retain and grow existing businesses and aid entrepreneurs in building new small businesses to create good paying jobs right here in Wisconsin. She also authored the law which created the Green to Gold Fund to help small and mid-sized businesses improve their energy efficiency and create new products and services to meet the growing demand for green energy technologies. Recognizing the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin and the need to provide consumers and school children with healthy fresh foods, Julie authored the laws that created the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin and Farm to School programs. 

Julie has been an advocate for fiscal reform in government, having written the law to create the Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement Hotline to identify and eliminate wasteful spending. She has authored legislation to require greater transparency and accountability in government through regular performance and management audits of government agencies and reform of the state’s contracting practices through the Truth in State Contracting Act. She also wrote a proposal to close the revolving door between former government officials and special interests. 

Julie has been recognized for her work on promoting the safety and health of children, having written new laws to help identify and correct hearing impairments in children. She wrote the BPA-Free Kids Act that bans this toxic chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups sold in Wisconsin. She has also worked to protect children from abuse and neglect, including strengthening penalties for child sex predators. She is currently the co-chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Children's Caucus which she organized with a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses.

Julie is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development and Commerce Committee and the Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee in addition to serving on the Workforce Development, Public Works and Military Affairs Committee.  Julie serves on the Children's Trust Fund which is Wisconsin's child abuse and neglect prevention board.  Julie also currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. 

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation which is the public private corporation that replaced the Department of Commerce as the lead economic development agency for the state.  As the Democratic members of the WEDC Board of Directors, Julie and Representative Peter Barca, have been working to make the agency more transparent and to hold it accountable for its continued problems.

Julie has also served on the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment which is responsiblefor assisting the governor in developing innovative and dynamic approaches in building Wisconsin's workforce.

Julie and her family live in Stevens Point. She is married to John Moe and together they have three daughters.