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  Wanggaard, Van H.
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AffiliationRepublican  
 
NameVan H. Wanggaard
Address1246 Blaine Ave
Racine, Wisconsin , United States
EmailNone
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Born April 00, 1952 (69 years)
ContributorThe Oncoming Storm
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 21, 2019 12:55am
Tags Caucasian - Married - Removed From Office - Straight -
InfoAbout Van
Racine Roots
Van was born in 1952, the fourth eldest of Dr. Herluf & Hattie Wanggaard’s eight children. Dr. Wanggaard served in World War II and the Korean War, and in 1955 he moved his family to West Racine. Van attended several Racine area schools, and graduated from Racine Lutheran High School in 1970. Van displayed his willingness to take on the status quo at an early age, when he led the charge to convince Racine Lutheran officials to allow blue jeans in school…

Career in Law Enforcement
During high school, Van joined the Racine Police Law Enforcement Explorer Post, and in 1972 became the first Explorer to become a member of the Racine Police Department. Van’s career as a police officer spanned nearly thirty years, during which he held many different positions within the department. He continually increased his knowledge in police science by taking courses at area colleges, universities, and tech schools. He has taught police science courses to hundreds of citizens, police officers, and prospective officers, and holds a teaching certificate as a Police Science Instructor at Gateway Technical College. Van’s law enforcement career also allowed him to interact with thousands of young people, as he was employed by Racine Unified School District for over 30 years as a security guard and police liaison.

In March of 2000, Van’s law enforcement career was cut short when he became a victim of a federal fugitive who was fleeing custody. Van was struck head-on in his squad car at 60 mph, and suffered serious injuries. Van was forced into retirement the following year, and he immediately began looking for new opportunities to serve the public.

Leadership in Local Office
In 2002, Van ran for the County Board of Supervisors, and won with nearly 70% of the vote over a 10-year incumbent. Van has been a leader during his four terms on the Board, serving as the Vice Chairman of Finance and Human Resources Committee as well as a member of the Legislative Committee. Van currently chairs the Public Protection and Criminal Justice Committee, and was honored with a second appointment to the Racine Police and Fire Commission, the first retired police officer to earn that distinction. In the summer of 2009, Van displayed his leadership by speaking out against the annexation of over 3,100 properties into a drainage district in the western part of the county, eventually succeeding in obtaining an injunction from the courts to stop the proposed annexation.

Community Activism
In addition to serving the citizens of Racine as a police officer, volunteer, and local government official, Van has had the opportunity to work with many community and charitable organizations throughout the years. Van was responsible for structuring security for Harbor Fest in 1986, and subsequently became a member of the board of directors in over the next 19 years. Through his Harbor Fest involvement, Van was able to work with many community organizations and Veterans Associations who depend on a safe, successful, and well-attended event to raise the necessary funds to sustain the many services that they provide. Van also serves on the Racine Zoo Board, and attends Grace Church of Racine.

A Loving Family
Van and his wife Mary Jo, who is also a lifelong Racine resident, have been married for 36 years. They own a home that was built in 1921 by Mary Jo’s grandfather, a design engineer for Walker Manufacturing. Mary Jo has been a Medical Assistant in the Racine area since 1971. Together, Van and Mary Jo have two children: Kathleen, a second grade teacher at Giese Elementary School, and Joshua, a small business owner and North Central University graduate. The fifth family member is the Wanggaard family dog, Winston.

Looking Towards the Future
Van’s lifetime dedication to public service, and his concern for the future of Racine, has led him to take on the new challenge of running for state senate. Van is looking forward to forming new relationships in the community as he embarks on his campaign, and is excited for the prospects of being able to represent his neighbors at the state level in Madison.

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