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  Falk, Kathleen
NameKathleen Falk
Address420 South Blount Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703, United States
Website [Link]
Born June 26, 1951 (71 years)
Last ModifedAshley
Feb 27, 2013 04:14am
Tags Caucasian - Married - Straight -
InfoKathleen Falk won election four times as County Executive (the top elected position) in Dane County. She was the first woman elected Dane County Executive (1997) and in 2002 she became the first major party woman candidate for governor in Wisconsin's history.

Before being elected County Executive, Falk was an assistant attorney general and public intervenor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice (1983-1997). She began her career co-director and counsel to the Wisconsin Environmental Decade.

Called "energetic," "innovative," and "passionate," much of Kathleen Falk's success has come from bringing people together to solve tough problems. Her ability to balance budgets while respecting the priorities and values of the people she served, won her re-election a record four times as County Executive.

While Falk's balanced budgets and capped property tax levies won her praise from fiscal conservatives, many of her hallmark initiatives were the result of highly acclaimed investments in human services that help children, low-income families, people with disabilities and seniors.

Her record also includes number of national "firsts" for environmental protection, many of them achieved with the participation of realtors, builders, conservationists and landowners. Those include measures to limit run-off from construction sites, protect the County's trout streams and
eliminate the use of phosphorus fertilizers as well as the protection of over 10,000 acres of land for future generations to enjoy forever.

Falk's respectful and effective negotiations Dane County's nine unions, saved taxpayers about $10 million dollars during her tenure as Executive.

During her more than three decades of public service, Falk has received dozens of awards and recognitions from environmental groups, business interests, women's organizations, LGBT and equality advocates, advocates for the disabled, conservation groups, the American Legion and domestic violence support groups.

Falk was born in Milwaukee, grew up in Waukesha County and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University in 1973 and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976. She is also a graduate of Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. Falk is married to former Democratic State Representative Peter Bock. She has one son, Eric Phillips, and is an avid baseball fan, bicyclist, hunter, and angler.


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Mar 26, 2012 09:00pm Op-Ed by Candidate Kathleen Falk: Setting Women Back 50 Years   Article Homegrown Democrat 

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Husband Peter E. Bock 00, 2002-

  05/08/2012 WI Governor - Recall - D Primary Lost 34.16% (-24.05%)
  01/06/2011 Dane County Executive - Interim Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  04/07/2009 Dane County Executive Won 59.30% (+18.72%)
  11/07/2006 WI Attorney General Lost 49.73% (-0.42%)
  09/12/2006 WI Attorney General - D Primary Won 52.93% (+5.92%)
  04/05/2005 Dane County Executive Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  09/10/2002 WI Governor - D Primary Lost 27.16% (-11.20%)
  04/03/2001 Dane County Executive Won 70.01% (+40.09%)
WI Lt. Governor - D Primary - Sep 14, 2010 D Henry Sanders
WI US President - D Primary - Feb 19, 2008 D Hillary Clinton