Neal Plotkin

Neal Plotkin

Candidate for State Senate 08

Candidate Information

Candidate Biography

My parents were both first generation Americans. Their families were European immigrant Jews, growing up poor in the Great Depression. My father served in the Army Air Force in World War II, and got his High School diploma, at what is now MATC, post-war, on the GI Bill. My mother was one of ten children in a poor Orthodox Jewish family. Her father was a produce peddler. From my parents, I learned the values which have defined my life – hard work, commitment, and sacrifice.

Born and raised on Milwaukee’s northwest side, I attended Milwaukee Public Schools from K-12th grade, graduating from John Marshall High School. From there I enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Working my way through college, sometimes with two jobs, I would graduate cum laude, with dual Honors Majors in Political Science and American History. With my degree, I become the first college graduate in my family.

I’ve been married to my wife Nancy for 40 years. She is a Registered Nurse for 35 years, with degrees from MATC and Cardinal Stritch. She began nursing school three weeks after our wedding. We have three wonderful children – Matthew, Jana, and Jessica, and four grandchildren. Nancy and I reside in Glendale, where we’ve been homeowners since 1981.

Since graduating college, I’ve had a business career of 40 years in sales and marketing, primarily to the local small business community. This includes 24 years as a successful small business sales agency owner in southeastern Wisconsin. As a small business owner operating through the booms and busts of our economy, I’ve maintained success by working hard and making fiscally smart decisions.

Most recently, I have decided to serve my community by becoming a substitute High School teacher over the past two years, primarily at Nicolet High School in Glendale. Working with our next generation of leaders has been among my greatest honors. I’ve also worked extensively with those with the greatest needs, in the Special Education Department.

Volunteer Work

Board of Directors – John Marshall High School Alumni Association (2006-2013)(The only non-profit high school alumni association in the country)

Long-time volunteer at synagogues Beth El Ner Tamid (1995-2012) and Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid (2012-present)

Serving on the Board of Trustees, Executive Board, Endowment Committee, and three times as Men’s Club President