I love the communities of the 21st District. That is why we have put down roots here, raised our family here, opened a small business here. And it’s why I want to represent South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Franklin in the state Capitol. This is personal.
I have lived in the Milwaukee area for nearly all of my life, growing up on the South Side of Milwaukee before moving to St. Francis and then Franklin. After graduating from Marquette and living for several years in Ames, Iowa, my wife, Sarah, and I returned to the area to start a family. We chose the South Shore and proudly still do today.
Here’s a quick personal profile.
- Age: 45
- Address: 715 Walnut St., South Milwaukee. We have lived in South Milwaukee since 2002, and are now in our third home.
- Family: Sarah, a former teacher who is now a member of the South Milwaukee School Board, and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2019. We have been blessed with two children: Christian, a 15-year-old freshman at South Milwaukee High School, and Shelby, a 12-year-old sixth grader at South Milwaukee Middle School. Our dog, Teddy, rescued us in 2018. Our guinea pig, Cocoa, is Sarah’s spirit animal.
- Education: I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in 1997. I graduated from Thomas More High School in 1993.
- Church: I am a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee, where I serve on the Outreach Committee.
- Occupation: Owner of Brooks Communications LLC, a sole proprietorship communications consultancy based in South Milwaukee.
- Civic Memberships and Volunteerism: South Milwaukee Lions, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Regional Transit Leadership Council, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board of Directors. I have also coached my kids with the South Milwaukee Youth Basketball Club for four years, and counting.
I have spent more than a decade building bridges in South Milwaukee city government, including serving as mayor for more than six years. I was first elected to the South Milwaukee City Council in 2009, and re-elected in 2011 and 2013. I was elected mayor in 2014, beating the incumbent with more than 60% of the vote. I was re-elected in 2014 with more than 80% support, and ran unopposed for a third term in 2020. I am proud of my record along the way, especially in the partnerships we have built to invest in …
- Economic and downtown development;
- Public safety and health;
- Technology and efficiency;
- The Oak Creek watershed;
- Utilities and infrastructure; and
- Enhanced communications.
In delivering on all of these priorities, and more, I have learned one thing: You can’t do this alone. You must cooperate to get things done. It will be my mission in Madison.
I pledge to use my experience in the private sector — including as a small businessman — to serve the citizens of the 21st District in Madison.
After graduating from Marquette University with a degree in journalism and political science in 1997, I spent 10 years as a print journalism reporter and editor. I joined Miller Brewing Company in April of 2007 and served as a communications professional there until late 2019. I am now an independent communications consultant after opening Brooks Communications LLC in early 2020. In just a few months — and especially now, amid the coronavirus crisis — I have seen the struggle many small business owners face, including finding affordable health insurance for my family. I pledge to be a champion for small business in the Wisconsin State Assembly.