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Representative Melissa Sargent
2013-2014 Committee Assignments:
- Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care,
- Committee on Audit,
- Committee on Financial Institutions,
- Committee on International Trade and Commerce,
- Committee on Small Business Development,
- Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Early Life and Education
Melissa Sargent was born in Madison, Wisconsin on 28 March, 1969. Sargent has 2 brothers and a sister. She attended the Madison public schools and graduated from Madison East High School. Sargent then graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison where she earned a BS degree in psychology in 1991.
Melissa Sargent owns and manages OPA Color, LLC, a small business dedicated to high quality art reproduction utilizing Giclee printing.
Melissa has served as Parents and Teachers Organization (PTO) President of Gompers Elementary School. She has been a member of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Friends of Lake View Hill, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Wisconsin Business Alliance, River Alliance, Wild Warner, and Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Melissa was also a founding member of Make Room For Youth (MRFY), an advocacy group for homeless, unaccompanied youth.
Melissa was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. In 2012 Sargent was appointed to be Chairwoman of the Dane County Health and Human Needs Committee.
Wisconsin State Assembly
In November 2012, Sargent was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 48th Assembly district by winning 83% of the vote. Sargent is a democrat. The 48th Assembly District is made up of the north and east sides of Madison and the Village of Maple Bluff.
Melissa has been appointed to serve on 5 legislative committees including: the Aging and Long Term Care Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, Small Business Development Committee, International Trade and Commerce Committee, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Melissa Sargent is married to Justin Sargent, the chief of staff for Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson. They live on Madison's Northside with their four sons, Devin (1998), Bailey (2000), Keanan (2005) and Trystan (2009). Their school aged sons attend the Madison Public Schools.