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Jill Billings (born January 19, 1962) is a former teacher, member of the La Crosse County board of supervisors, and Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, first elected to represent the 95th district in a 2011 special election. She represents the City of La Crosse and small portions of the Towns of Shelby and Campbell.

Jill Elizabeth Billings
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 95th district
Assumed office
January 26, 2012
Preceded byJennifer Shilling
Personal details
Born (1962-01-19) January 19, 1962 (age 57)
Stewartville, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic
Children2
ResidenceLa Crosse, Wisconsin
Alma materAugsburg College
ProfessionCounty board, Legislator
WebsiteState Assembly Website

BackgroundEdit

Billings was born in Stewartville, Minnesota; both of her grandfathers had been candidates for mayor. She studied communication and English at Augsburg College, before moving to La Crosse in 1990. She spent seven years as a teacher of English and citizenship to Hmong immigrants.

She worked on La Crosse County's land use plan, helped established a special rehabilitation court for persons convicted of driving while intoxicated, and worked on the county’s Economic Development Fund. Since 2004, she has been a member of the La Crosse County board of supervisors,[1] becoming vice chair of the County Health and Human Services Board and head of the Family Policy Board Executive Committee.[2]

Legislative raceEdit

On November 8, 2011, Billings was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election in the 95th Assembly District (the city of La Crosse and portions of the towns of Campbell and Shelby), succeeding fellow Democrat Jennifer Shilling, who replaced Senator Dan Kapanke in the Wisconsin State Senate following a successful recall election against him. Billings took 72.6% of the vote against Republican David Drewes, a small government advocate and supporter of Governor Scott Walker. The district has elected Democrats to the Assembly consistently since 1974.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

As of her election, she was 49, and separated. She has two children, Josh and Zoe, ages 18 and 16.[2][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jill Billings, La County Board of Supervisors
  2. ^ a b Hubbuch, Chris (November 6, 2011). "Special Election: Preview of 95th Assembly race: Jill Billings". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Hubbuch, Chris (November 8, 2011). "Billings defeats Drewes". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Hubbuch, Chris (November 9, 2011). "Billings win by a landslide". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved August 22, 2019.

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