Elizabeth Coggs

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Elizabeth Coggs
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 10
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - January 3, 2013
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLincoln High School (1974)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1992
Office website
Personal website
Elizabeth Coggs is a former Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 10 from 2011 to 2013.

Coggs was the 10th District Milwaukee County Supervisor from 1988 up until her election in 2010. She served as second Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors from 1996-2000, and was the first person of color and first female to be elected to this position by the board members.

Coggs holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. [1]

Family tradition

Elizabeth continues the family tradition of serving in elective office which has spanned generations. Issac Coggs, Elizabeth's father, was one of the first African Americans elected to the State Assembly in 1952 and served until 1963. Marcia P. Coggs, Elizabeth's mother, served in the Assembly from 1977 to 1991. Spencer Coggs and Leon Young, who are Elizabeth's cousins, currently serve in the Assembly and Senate[2].

Both Issac and Marcia Coggs have had county buildings named after them in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Human Services Center is named after Marcia Coggs and the Community Health Connection Center is named in honor of Issac Coggs[3].

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Coggs served on these committees:



See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

Coggs ran in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Senate, District 6.[4] Coggs was defeated by Nikiya Harris in the August 14, 2012 Democratic primary.[5] The general election is on November 6, 2012.[6]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNikiya Harris 47.9% 6,388
Elizabeth Coggs 33.5% 4,466
Michael Mayo 10.1% 1,351
Allyn Monroe Swan 5.7% 767
Delta Triplett 2.8% 377
Total Votes 13,349


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Coggs defeated Independent Ieshuh Griffin in the November 2 general election. Coggs was opposed in the primary election by Stephanie Findley and Sherman Hill. [7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Coggs (D) 15,874
Ieshuh Griffin (I) 1,223
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 10 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth M. Coggs (D) 2,613 66.45%
Stephanie Findley (D) 1,039 26.42%
Sherman L. Hill (D) 268 6.82%

Campaign themes

According to Coggs' campaign website, her focus is on faith, hope and harmony. [8]

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[9]


In 2010, Coggs received $18,557 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]


Coggs has three daughters and one grandson.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Annette "Polly" Williams
Wisconsin State Assembly District 10
Succeeded by
Sandy Pasch (D)