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JoCasta Zamarripa

JoCasta Zamarripa (Dem.), 8th Assembly District

Born Milwaukee, March 8, 1976. Graduate St. Joan Antida H.S. (Milwaukee) 1994; BFA UW-Milwaukee 2005. Full-time legislator. Former nonprofit professional. Member: Wisconsin Minority Health Leadership Council.

Elected to Assembly 2010; reelected since 2012. Minority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2015, 2013. Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Campaigns and Elections (also 2013); Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Health; Jobs and the Economy; Rules; State Affairs and Government Operations. 2013 — Corrections; Jobs, Economy and Mining; Public Safety and Homeland Security; Rules; State Affairs; Gov.’s Council on Migrant Labor. 2011 — Homeland Security and State Affairs; Public Health and Public Safety; Ways and Means.

Telephone: Office: (608) 267-7669; (888) 534-0008 (toll free); District: (414) 384-2786.
E-mail: Rep.Zamarripa@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Internet address: www.legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/zamarripa
Voting address: Milwaukee 53204.
Mailing address: Office: Room 112 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708..’s

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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11
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Kleefisch and Zamarripa launch weekly political talk show on WRRD-1510 AM, Saturday Nov. 11

“The Joel and JoCasta Show” will air Saturdays, launching November 11th at 3-­‐4 pm

New Public Survey Demonstrates Strong Majority Support For Congressional Action On Dreamers
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New Public Survey Demonstrates Strong Majority Support For Congressional Action On Dreamers

Wisconsinites broadly support the rights of our state’s Latinx communities to live without fear of deportation and splitting up families.

Democrats Cry Foul After Anti-Immigrant Hearing; Call for Action on Bill to Address Language and Accessibility Barriers to Participation
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Democrats Cry Foul After Anti-Immigrant Hearing; Call for Action on Bill to Address Language and Accessibility Barriers to Participation

Three Democrats have called for public hearings on Assembly Bill 344/Senate Bill 256.

Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill
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Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill

"Since last year’s election, anti-immigrant rhetoric has reached shameful new levels, and this bill is a shining example of that."

DACA Means Hope for Young Immigrants
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DACA Means Hope for Young Immigrants

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) is calling on Speaker Paul Ryan and legislative Republicans to pass a clean DREAM Act.

Demonstrators Rally to Save DACA

Demonstrators Rally to Save DACA

800,000 immigrant “Dreamers" threatened by Trump’s cutoff of program.

Court Watch: Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged
Court Watch

Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged

Rep. Goyke’s bill gets bipartisan support, allows retroactive expungement of youthful convictions.

Democratic State Legislators Endorse Randy Bryce
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Democratic State Legislators Endorse Randy Bryce

Endorsements boost ironworker in bid to topple Speaker Paul Ryan

Rep. Mark Spreitzer’s and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa’s statement on the withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students
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Rep. Mark Spreitzer’s and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa’s statement on the withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students

"The reasoning of the Trump administration’s decision in withdrawing federal protections for transgender students is hurtful, discriminatory, and baseless."

Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat
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Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat

Time for Elected Officials to Put Patriotism Before Party and Demand Answers for American People Before Trump Allowed to Influence Nation’s High Court for Decades

Rep. Zamarripa: Statement on Court Redistricting Decision
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Rep. Zamarripa: Statement on Court Redistricting Decision

"The people should be picking their legislators, not the other way around."

Barriers to LGBTQ Empowerment
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Barriers to LGBTQ Empowerment

Alverno Forum will explore the challenges that face the LGBTQ community

Zamarripa Announces Television Ad Campaign to Get Out The Vote
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Zamarripa Announces Television Ad Campaign to Get Out The Vote

“My goal in political life is to increase the participation of the Latinx community to ensure our issues are addressed,” said Rep. Zamarripa.

Plenty of Horne: Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here
Plenty of Horne

Mexico Opens 50th US Consulate Here

A big turnout of American and Mexican politicians with "Trumpism" in the air.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa on Planned Parenthood Closure in Appleton
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Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa on Planned Parenthood Closure in Appleton

“Closure of a Planned Parenthood health center in the Fox Valley region will have a devastating effect on many Wisconsin women.v

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Federal Injunction Against Protecting Transgender Students
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Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Federal Injunction Against Protecting Transgender Students

“Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues need to take a step back and evaluate why they’re spending so much time and taxpayers’ money attacking some of the most vulnerable young people among us.”

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on the Passing of Reverend Joe Angel Medina
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Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on the Passing of Reverend Joe Angel Medina

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Yolanda Lomeli Medina and the entire Medina family during this difficult time.”

Citizen Action of Wisconsin announces endorsements in state legislative primaries
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin announces endorsements in state legislative primaries

Citizen Action endorsed in legislative races with contested primaries where a progressive champion is on the ballot and sought our endorsement.

Op-Ed: “To Not Only Survive, But Thrive!”
Op-Ed

“To Not Only Survive, But Thrive!”

The mass shooting in Orlando was a tragic reminder of the need for LGBT equality.

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Attendees demand accountability, action, in wake of Lincoln Hills scandal.

The State of Politics: Democratic Family Feuds
The State of Politics

Democratic Family Feuds

Eight Democratic legislators face primary challengers, but not one GOP legislator does.

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Leon’s Discriminatory English-Only Policy
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Representative JoCasta Zamarripa on Leon’s Discriminatory English-Only Policy

Ron Schneider, owner of Leon’s Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, has been prohibiting his bilingual employees from speaking Spanish to Spanish-speaking customers.

Milwaukee DA John Chisholm Announces Re-election Bid
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Milwaukee DA John Chisholm Announces Re-election Bid

The District Attorney’s office under Chisholm’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing many initiatives that not only take violent offenders off the streets, but also reduce crime.

Ready to Work
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Ready to Work

I am looking forward to serving the interests of district residents on Milwaukee's Common Council.

Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
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Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”

"I am so very disappointed that Joe chose to play politics..."

The truth still doesn’t matter to state Rep. Zamarripa
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The truth still doesn’t matter to state Rep. Zamarripa

Unfortunately, Zamarripa continues to send out misleading statements despite Sanfelippo having corrected her false narrative.

Rep. Zamarripa Credits Pushback from Latino Community and Allies for Slowing Momentum of Anti-Immigrant Bill
Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller
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Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller

“Johnny Thomas is the person that we need to be our next Milwaukee City Comptroller,” said Alderman Willie Wade.

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388
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Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388

Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
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Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

Plenty of Horne: A Weekend of Gay Pride
Plenty of Horne

A Weekend of Gay Pride

Pridefest gets all the attention, but the Pride Parade is a true slice of Milwaukee that draws a very diverse crowd.

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Democratic legislators hold listening session in Milwaukee and get an earful.

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation

Contribution to Jose G. Perez of $100

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation
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Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation

"I am extremely disappointed that not a single Assembly Republican chose today to take a stand for basic civil rights for all Wisconsin citizens."

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

The 51st such consulate in U.S. will serve city's growing Mexican population.

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First

Contribution to Josh Zepnick of $100

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First
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Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and other legislative Democrats highlighted a need for a state budget that puts Wisconsin families first and restores economic opportunity for all.

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Had led group 22 years, board members vague on reasons for dumping him.

Dear Friend of SOC
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Dear Friend of SOC

I wanted to let you know that my employment with the Southside Organizing Committee (SOC) was terminated by the SOC Board of Directors.

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Measure rejected by legislature would have particular benefit for Hispanics in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Milwaukee legislators offer their views.

South Side Hit Hard by Cargill Closing

South Side Hit Hard by Cargill Closing

Valley beef harvest facility employed 600 workers, many from South Side.

State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa Endorses Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly
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State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa Endorses Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa announced her support for Marina Dimitrijevic in Assembly District 19.

Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell
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Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell

Thomsen & Carr launch multiple entry points to engage with public art installation

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Christian Center's YouthBuild program has built a dozen new homes while training young workers.

The State of Politics: Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?
The State of Politics

Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?

Legislature votes 132-1 to expand Milwaukee program monitoring gunshots.

Supervisor Peggy Romo West Applauds Common Council on Chavez Holiday
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Supervisor Peggy Romo West Applauds Common Council on Chavez Holiday

Seeks Co-Sponsors For Resolution Creating an Optional County Holiday on Chavez's Birthday

County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee
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County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West will attend tonight's premiere of "Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at Time" at Southgate Cinema at 7:15 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014.

Jonathan Brostoff Gives Support for Marriage Equality Amendment
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Jonathan Brostoff Gives Support for Marriage Equality Amendment

The amendment would repeal a previous constitution amendment made in 2006 that banned gay marriage in Wisconsin.

ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
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ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin commends two state lawmakers for introducing a bill today to repeal Wisconsin’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Milwaukee legislator's bill would allow them to get drivers licenses, attend state colleges.

Plenty of Horne: Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?
Plenty of Horne

Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?

He's just 18, but candidate Vincent Synowicz is already mastering the slick verbal skills of a veteran politician.

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

And Walker is reaching out to them.

Assembly Republicans’ latest push to suppress voting, dodge responsibility
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Assembly Republicans’ latest push to suppress voting, dodge responsibility

Wisconsin’s middle class need jobs, better wages, economic security, strong education – not voter suppression, says Rep. Zamarripa

UW-Milwaukee Students Graduate with the Most Debt

UW-Milwaukee Students Graduate with the Most Debt

Study finds UW-Milwaukee students graduate owing 19% more than average students in UW System.

Plenty of Horne: Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General
Plenty of Horne

Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General

Like Abe Lincoln, Richards has been practicing law all across the state in preparation for his run.

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Reclaiming a River

Reclaiming a River

Volunteer clean-up of KK River latest example of long-term efforts to transform the urban stream.

Plenty of Horne: Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights
Plenty of Horne

Abele and Other Pols Push Gay Rights

Gay activist Daniel Choi comes to Milwaukee three days before his trial for protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

South Side Leaders Blast Residency Proposal

South Side Leaders Blast Residency Proposal

Walker proposal to end residency requirement will hurt city's economy, they charge.

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
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Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Murphy’s Law: Election’s Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Election’s Winners and Losers

An insider's look at who's up -- and who's down -- as a result of the August primary.

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

The City of Milwaukee is working on state legislation to allow the City to profit from the sale of additional taxi cab permits (to be called medallions) and address the perceived shortage of taxi cabs in the city. Currently under Wisconsin law, permit and license fees can not exceed the cost to issue said permits. This gives the Common Council and Mayor little incentive to raise the cap on the number of permits (currently capped at the seemingly random number of 321 since 1992), despite the fact that the permits are changing hands in the private market for between $80,000 to $150,000.