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.[1]

Jon Richards
Jon Richards.jpg
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 19th district
In office
January 5, 1999 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byBarbara Notestein
Succeeded byJonathan Brostoff
Personal details
Born (1963-09-05) September 5, 1963 (age 56)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Andrea Rowe Richards
ResidenceMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Alma materLawrence 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.[2][3]


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.[3]

In October 2013, Richards announced he would run for attorney general in Wisconsin.[4] 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.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011–2012, Biographical Sketch of Jon Richards, pg. 33
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ Stein, Jason. "Rep. Jon Richards enters race for Wisconsin attorney general". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 17 October 2013.

External linksEdit