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Leon Young

Leon D. Young (Dem.), 16th Assembly District

Born Los Angeles, July 4, 1967; single.  Graduate Rufus King H.S.; attended UW-Milwaukee.  Full-time legislator.  Former police aide and police officer.  Member: Democratic Party; Harambee Ombudsman Project; Milwaukee Police Association; League of Martin; House of Peace (Love Committee); NAACP; Urban League; Social Development Commission Minority Male Forum on Corrections; National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Task Force on African American Males; 100 Black Men; Milwaukee Metropolitan Fair Housing; Boy Scouts of America (Urban Emphasis Com.); Martin Luther King Community Center (Revitalization Com.).

Elected to Assembly since 1992.  Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Consumer Protection; Housing and Real Estate (also 2013); Insurance (since 2011); Interstate Affairs; Urban and Local Affairs (also 1993).  2013 — State and Federal Relations (co-chp.); Financial Institutions (also 2011).  2011 — Housing (since 2005, chp. 2009); Tourism, Recreation and State Properties (also 2007).  2009 — State Affairs and Homeland Security (vice chp.); Education Reform.  2007 — State Affairs (since 1993, vice chp. 1993).  2005 — Highway Safety (since 1999); Tourism (also 2003 eff. 2/14/03).  2003 — Criminal Justice (since 1999); Ways and Means (eff. 5/13/03).  2001 — Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (also 1999).  1999 — Transportation.  1997 — Government Operations; Highways and Transportation (also 1995).  1995 — Urban Education (also 1993).  1993 — Children and Human Services; Small Business and Economic Development; Speaker’s Task Force on African American Males; Legis. Coun. Com. on Educational Communications Technology.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-3786; (888) 534-0016 (toll free); District: (414) 374-7414.
E-mail: Rep.Young@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: 2224 North 17th Street, Milwaukee 53205.
Mailing address: Office: Room 11 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708.

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