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Jonathan Brostoff (born September 25, 1983) is an American Democratic legislator from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He represents the 19th district in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He succeeded fellow Democrat Jon Richards.[1]

Jonathan Brostoff
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 19th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015 (2015-January-03)
Preceded byJon Richards
Personal details
Born (1983-09-25) September 25, 1983 (age 36)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brostoff is the son of Alan and Phyllis Brostoff. His father is a retired attorney, mediator and arbitrator; his mother, a social worker and businesswoman in the home health care industry. He worked and volunteered at area non-profit organizations since the age of 14, and after high school did a stint with AmeriCorps. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he met and married Diana Vang-Brostoff and served as co-President of UWM's Campus Organization for Israel.[2] He graduated with a degree in political science, having worked as an aide for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C.

Brostoff worked as a legislative aide to Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas, before becoming District Director for State Senator Chris Larson.[3]

Democratic primaryEdit

In 2014, Brostoff defeated Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic (endorsed by Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett and Congresswoman Gwen Moore) in the primary for the 19th Assembly District, as well as defense attorney Dan Adams (supported by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele), and labor lawyer Sara Geenen. He received 3,065 (35%) to Dimitrijevic's 2,817 (32%), Adams' 2,020 (23%) and Geenen's 796 (9%).[4]

General electionEdit

His opponent in the November 2014 general election, which includes the central campus of his alma mater the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was Joe Klein of the United States Pirate Party. Brostoff was considered the favorite to win the seat.[5] On November 4, 2014, Brostoff was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, with 18,054 (82.1%) of the vote, to Klein's 3,938 (17.9%).[6]


  1. ^ "About Jonathan". Jonathan Brostoff for Assembly. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ Waxman, Andrea (14 October 2005). "UWM student devoted to Israel, local causes". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ "About Jonathan". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin 2014 fall primary election results". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ Bergquist, Lee. "Election 2014: Allen, Brostoff, Wanggaard, Bowen win legislative primaries" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 13, 2014
  6. ^ "Election Results". Retrieved 22 May 2019.

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