Mandela Barnes’ story is a uniquely American story. He was born in Milwaukee, in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip codes in the state. A community starved of resources, but brimming with joy, resilience, and hardworking, brilliant people. His mom was a Milwaukee school teacher for 30 years. His dad worked 3rd shift at the General Motors plant. They were both active union members organizing for better wages and defending workers’ rights. Their example taught Barnes that we can’t settle for what is, we have to reach for what can be.
Barnes graduated High School at the age of 16, became a State Representative at 25, and at 32 was elected the first black Lt. Governor in Wisconsin’s history. He has spent his career fighting to create opportunities for every person in Wisconsin, regardless of which Zip Code they come from.
Opportunity For All
As Lt. Governor, Barnes has worked to help expand opportunities across the state and has worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic. Barnes has been central to the campaign to encourage communities across the state to get vaccinated, traveling to urban and rural areas to energize Wisconsin’s recovery. And, as the Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, Barnes helped bring together leaders from across Wisconsin to develop concrete solutions to the climate crisis. Barnes rejects corporate PAC money because he wants to ensure the people of Wisconsin know they have a Senator who will prioritize their needs, not work for the special interests. He’s been a leader in the fight already for a clean and open government, and against the attacks on voting rights.
A New Wisconsin
Reforming our government and protecting the freedom to vote requires more leaders in Washington who support legislation like the Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. That’s why Wisconsin is such a crucial opportunity to expand our Democratic majority and reinforce positive change. We don’t have time to waste when it comes to protecting the future of our democracy, so we need to elect champions like Mandela Barnes who will make it their top priority when they get to Congress.
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