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Nurse and military mom
Leah Vukmir is a nurse, military mom, and conservative with a proven record of reform.
A daughter of Greek immigrants and lifelong Wisconsinite, Leah graduated from Brookfield East High School, received a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University and her Master’s degree from UW–Madison. Leah grew up in a family filled with many cousins and constant activity — a real-life big, fat Greek family. She quickly realized that if she wanted to be heard, she had to speak up and not back down.
Leah’s parents taught her the importance of a relentless work ethic. She worked her way through high school and college, from stocking at a sporting goods store, to announcing blue light specials at Kmart, to working overnight shifts in an emergency room while studying to be a nurse.
Leah raised her two children, Elena and Niko, in Wauwatosa where she lived for 30 years and is a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Recently she returned to her hometown of Brookfield where she enjoys spending time with Sophie, a German Shepherd she and her son rescued.
Leah passed on those same convictions to her children, and now her son serves as a first lieutenant in the Army.
Mom-with-a-cause to state senator
Leah first became politically active when her daughter was learning to read. As an involved parent, Leah asked her daughter’s kindergarten teacher a question that seemed like common sense: “Can you show me the research behind this reading program?” That question landed her in the principal’s office, and then the superintendent’s.
Next thing she knew, she was actively advocating to raise educational standards for students across Wisconsin and found herself elected to office – first in the state Assembly in the same seat once held by Governor Scott Walker, and now in the state Senate.
Early on, Leah was told by leadership in Madison that she would be a back bencher if she voted with her conservative convictions. They said that to the wrong person. Today Leah serves as the Senate assistant majority leader passing bold laws that will make Wisconsin a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Leah stood with conservatives across Wisconsin to enact some of the most sweeping, pro-job reforms ever enacted, including Governor Walker’s signature Act 10 legislation. In the face of death threats, Leah refused to back down and continues to be one of the leading voices to keep pushing Wisconsin in a more conservative direction.
A voice for us
As she’s traveled across Wisconsin, Leah has met with people from all walks of life who feel Senator Tammy Baldwin would rather stand with Democrats in Washington and obstruct important reforms than listen to our friends and neighbors in Wisconsin. We desperately need to change our representation in Washington.
Leah’s running for the U.S. Senate for her family and ours, for the people who feel ignored by Washington elites and fear that no one in Washington has their back.
Leah won’t give up until she accomplishes a goal. The U.S. Senate needs someone who speaks for us, someone who will bring the Wisconsin Way of working hard and never giving up to Washington. That’s why she’s running for the U.S. Senate – to bring about real conservative change for Wisconsin and for America.