Kelda Roys

Kelda Helen Roys

Candidate for State Senate 26

Candidate Information

Candidate Biography

Edited from candidate’s website for brevity: Kelda Roys, 40, is an experienced legislative leader, small business owner, attorney, and healthcare advocate. A mom and stepmom of 4 girls, Kelda is relentlessly focused on building a Wisconsin where everyone has the chance to succeed. As our next state senator in Wisconsin’s 26th District, Kelda will fight to restore opportunity and fairness to Wisconsin.

To win her Assembly seat, Kelda knocked on 20,252 doors to hear people’s concerns firsthand. As a State Representative, she held dozens of listening sessions each year, from forums across the state, to informal “Coffees with Kelda” in coffee shops and diners, and even on Madison Metro buses. Some of Kelda’s best ideas come from these conversations, and she never stops listening to and caring about every person in our state.

In addition to her professional work, Kelda has been an active community leader for two decades. She volunteers at her daughter’s preschool, and has taught Sunday school at her church. Kelda has also served on many boards including the Clean Lakes Alliance, ACLU of Wisconsin, TEMPO Madison, Common Cause, Wisconsin Women’s Council, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Madison Repertory Theater, Public Interest Law Foundation, the Dane County Democratic Party’s Executive Board, and the Wisconsin State Bar Legal Services Committee.

Rep. Roys was elected Democratic Caucus Chair by her fellow state representatives, where she helped lead the opposition to Walker’s attack on workers during the historic Act 10 protests. Kelda passed laws on a wide range of progressive issues, including health care, economic justice, election and campaign finance reform, consumer protection, child safety, conservation, fiscal responsibility, and criminal justice reform.

Kelda is ready to help lead Wisconsin into a more progressive future as Madison’s next state senator. She is committed to building a strong Democratic majority in the legislature. No other candidate brings her proven record of progressive accomplishments, her effective leadership in state government, her executive experience in the private and non-profit sectors – and most of all, her passion and positive vision for our state’s future.