About Brett

Dear Friends,

I am running for Governor to get Wisconsin working again.

Gov. Walker’s Reign of Error has made Wisconsin 2nd in the nation in job losses and 35th in the nation in job creation. By restoring Gov. Walker’s unnecessary cuts, we can prepare my two children and all our kids for higher wage jobs and put our neighbors back to work.

As a small business person who runs an energy and environmental consulting business, Better Environmental Solutions, I have worked on projects to create real jobs across our state from Cassville to Green Bay.

I am also the man with a plan-- my Get Wisconsin Working Again Plan which reinvests $2.1 billion to create clean energy jobs, increases job training, public school, UW system, and technical college investment, reverses the Walker tax increases on working families and senior citizens, saves babies, protects us from strip mining, and creates a Penokee Hills State Park instead of the world’s largest strip mine.

People want a real plan to put people to work, not more empty political rhetoric.

A former union vice president, I will make restoring worker safety, rights and bargained a top priority. We should restore worker rights and unnecessary pay cuts immediately to help jump start our economy and create safer workplaces.

Gov. Walker’s statement that we were ‘broke and $3 billion in debt’ was rated a ‘Pants on Fire’ lie by PolitifactWI and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. These extreme cuts were unnecessary. During the over 60 hours of Assembly debate, I offered a number of amendments to fix the Walker Unfair Despair Act 10.

I have more than three decades of public service experience that include four years in the State Assembly, 14 years on the Dane County Board, 17 years at the Sierra Club, Environmental Policy Advisor to the Clinton Gore Campaign in 1992, and Volunteer in Service to America, VISTA, in the Alaska Energy Office during the 70’s energy crisis.

My educational background includes studying at UW and Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. in Political Economy from Middlebury College.

I would appreciate your vote in the Democratic primary in August and the general election in November. Sign up, volunteer and help me out.


P.S. Tell all your friends too. Thanks!

• State Representative for four years serving parts of Madison, Middleton, and Shorewood Hills.
• Have been a member of the Assembly Jobs and Mining, Energy and Utilities, Tourism, Government Operations, Ways and Means, Natural Resources, and Tourism and State Facilities Committees, and State Bike Council.
• Founder of an award-winning environmental and energy firm, Better Environmental Solutions, promoting practical solutions that save lives, create jobs, and reduce pollution.
• Dane County Board Supervisor for 14 years.
• Former chair of the Personnel and Finance, Lakes and Watersheds Commission, Strategic Growth Committee, Manure Management Committee, vice-chair of the Transportation Committees, Chronic Wasting Disease Taskforce, member of the Transportation Planning Board and Public Protection and Judiciary Committee.
• UW and Madison Area Technical College guest instructor and lecturer.
• Environmental Policy Advisor and Deputy Political Director for the Clinton and Gore Campaign in 1992. Interior Department Transition Team member.
• Served 17 years as an environmental educator and advocate for the Sierra Club working on clean water, air and conservation issues. Headed the Great Lakes Program to clean up Lakes Michigan and Superior and the Fox River.
• Volunteer in Service to America, VISTA volunteer, Energy Conservation Advocate for the Alaska State Division of Energy during the last energy crisis.
• Sierra Club JML 100 union vice-president and shop steward. 

• Attended UW and the UW Certified Public Manager Program.
• Attended Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering Resource Policy Center, Colorado State and Oklahoma State for Wildlife Biology.
• Masters of Natural Science, Zoology, Geography and Science Education, University of Oklahoma, 1988.
• Bachelors of Arts, Independent Scholar in Political Economy, Middlebury College, 1982.

 Dedicated to our Community 
• My son Tyler attends UW Milwaukee and enjoys football, rugby, and band, and Lea is a 9th grader and enjoys singing, acting and Forensics.
• My dog Penny likes to ski, paddleboard and chase squirrels.
• School volunteer and former PTO co-president. Volunteer with the Youth Business Mentor Partnership to help young people get their first job.
• Madison and Middleton school sports supporter.
• Former president, Madison Nordic Ski Club.
• Red Cross blood donor.
• Church school teacher, reader and usher.
• Girl scout parent volunteer.
• MS Society fundraiser.

• Federal Emergency Management Agency Outstanding Public Service Award for helping flood victims.
• ARC Elected Official for helping those with disabilities.
• Men’s Fitness Clean Water Champion.
• Four-time Ironman.