Jon Richards (born September 5, 1963) is an American attorney and former teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served eight terms as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 19th Assembly District from 1999 until 2015. In 2014, Richards sought the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of Wisconsin rather than seeking re-election to the Assembly, but was defeated by Susan V. Happ.
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 19th district
January 5, 1999 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Barbara Notestein|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Brostoff|
|Born||September 5, 1963|
|Spouse(s)||Andrea Rowe Richards|
|Alma mater||Lawrence University,|
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Richards graduated from Waukesha North High School. Richards received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University. Before earning his law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School, he attended Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
Richards taught English in Japan and volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was a special prosecutor in the Kenosha County district attorney's office before being elected to the Wisconsin State General Assembly, where he has represented the 19th district since 1998. He served as Assistant Minority Leader from 2003-2007.
In October 2013, Richards announced he would run for attorney general in Wisconsin. He came in second in the Democratic primary election of August 2014, with 90,101 votes (33%) to 144,369 (52%) for Susan Happ, and 42,555 (15%) for Ismael Ozanne.
- Richmond, Todd. "Democratic Rep. Jon Richards announces candidacy for Wisconsin attorney general". StarTribune. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011–2012, Biographical Sketch of Jon Richards, pg. 33
- "Biography". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Stein, Jason. "Rep. Jon Richards enters race for Wisconsin attorney general". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Follow the Money – Jon Richards
- Campaign 2008 campaign contributions at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
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