JoCasta Zamarripa (born March 8, 1976) is an American politician who has represented the 8th district in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2010. Prior to winning elective office, Zamarripa worked as an outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood. Zamarripa, who is a Democrat, represents a portion of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the State Assembly.
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 8th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Pedro Colon|
|Born||March 8, 1976|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Zamarripa graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2005. She was elected to the 8th Wisconsin State Assembly district in 2010. Previously, she had worked as an outreach coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. In the heavily Democratic 8th district, Zamarripa has never faced a significant challenge outside the Democratic primary election. In 2010, 2012 and 2014, she faced repeated unsuccessful challenges in that primary from Laura Manriquez. Otherwise, her only ballot opposition was a 2010 effort by independent Ramona Rivas (although Manriquez mounted a write-in campaign). In each election, Zamarripa won 83% or more of the general election vote.
In a July 2012 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she announced that she is bisexual. She is one of four openly LGBT members of the Wisconsin Legislature, alongside Sen. Tim Carpenter (D–Milwaukee) and Reps. Mark Spreitzer (D–Beloit) and Todd Novak (R–Dodgeville). In 2014, she was included as part of the annual "40 under 40" list in The Advocate.
- Sanders, Henry (January 27, 2016). "Wisconsin's 48 most powerful Latinos, part 2". On Milwaukee. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
- Pabst, Georgia (2012-07-24). "State Rep. Zamarripa comes out as bisexual". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- Trudy Ring. "40 Under 40: JoCasta Zamarripa and Carlos Menchaca Make Immigration a Local Issue". Advocate.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.