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Chris Larson Files To Run for U.S. Senate

State senator hopes to make move to Washington.

By - May 25th, 2021 05:11 pm
Chris Larson. Photo from the candidate's website.

Chris Larson. Photo from the Larson’s county executive campaign website.

Another candidate has emerged in the 2022 U.S. Senate race.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) filed the necessary paperwork to create a campaign committee with the Federal Elections Committee.

He would join an increasingly crowded field of Democrats running for the office. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was the first to formally declare, followed by Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, radiologist Gillian Battino and Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry.

Steven Olikara, head of the Millennial Action Project, created an exploratory committee, a precursor to filing to run. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes is rumored to be interested in the seat. Representative Ron Kind has indicated an interest in running.

The seat’s current holder, Republican Ron Johnson, has not formally declared if he will run for a third term. Democrat Tammy Baldwin, up for re-election in 2024, holds Wisconsin’s other seat.

Larson, 40, told Urban Milwaukee via text message to “stay tuned” when asked for a comment.

A resident of Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, Larson was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2010 after he upset incumbent Jeff Plale. He served as the senate minority leader from 2013 to 2015.

He served as a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2008 until his election to the senate. He ran unsuccessfully for Milwaukee County Executive in 2016 and 2020.

Milwaukee Area Technical College sociology professor Pamela Malone is listed as Larson’s treasurer.

Categories: Politics, Weekly

2 thoughts on “Chris Larson Files To Run for U.S. Senate”

  1. Jake formerly of the LP says:

    I like Chris Larson, and this move makes zero sense to me, unless he’s done being in the State Senate. He doesn’t have a great statewide profile.

    Although if he cancels out Lasry, and convinces Barnes to stay as Lt. Gov, that’s a win for Dems.

  2. gerrybroderick says:

    I am very pleased to hear that Sen. Larson has taken on this challenge. Having worked with him as a member of the Milwaukee County Board, I have first hand knowledge of his good character, as well as the positive values he promotes as a legislator. I would encourage folks to give strong consideration to supporting his candidacy.

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