JoCasta Zamarripa

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JoCasta Zamarripa
Jocasta Zamarripa.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 8
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSt. Joan Antida
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005)
Date of birth03/08/1976
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
JoCasta Zamarripa is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8. She was first elected in 2010 and has served as State Assembly Minority Caucus Vice Chair since 2013.[1]

Zamarripa is a graduate of St. Joan Antida and the UW- Milwaukee. Before being elected, she worked as an educator and Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zamarripa served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Campaigns and Elections
Jobs, Economy and Mining
Public Safety and Homeland Security
State Affairs


During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zamarripa served on these committees:



Campaign themes

Zamarripa lists the following issues as campaign priorities on her official campaign website:[2]

  • Bipartisanship

Excerpt: "This past November, I passed my first bill and I am very proud to be able to say that it was a bipartisan effort. Senate Bill 259 (SB 259), that creates the office of Milwaukee County Comptroller, was signed into law as 2011 Wisconsin Act 62 on November 11, 2011."

  • Budgeting & Finance

Excerpt: "We need a budget process that is more open and honest than we’ve seen in the past. I know that in tough economic times, tough decision must be made. However, we cannot balance budgets off the backs of working families. I will continue to push for budgets that truly 'share the sacrifice'."

  • Crime Prevention

Excerpt: "As the State Representative of the 8th District, I will continue to work with the Milwaukee Police Department to make sure that they have the resources they need to keep our community safe. I would also like to outline clear expectations for these resources and hold the Department accountable for meeting community expectations."

  • Health Care

"Excerpt: "Wisconsin used to lead the nation in access to quality affordable health care. As a candidate for the Assembly in 2010, I strongly supported programs such as BadgerCare and SeniorCare."

  • K-12 Education & Higher Education

Excerpt: "I will work to make sure that tax dollars for education are used wisely and that any school receiving public dollars, whether it be MPS or a voucher/choice school, is meeting expectations and is held accountable; I will continue to push for more funding for our universities and technical colleges."

  • Redistricting Issues

Excerpt: "There must be a public voice in any redistricting process and that partisan politics must be taken out of the process."



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Zamarripa won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 8. Zamarripa defeated Laura Manriquez in the Democratic primary on August 14[3] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJocasta Zamarripa Incumbent 98.3% 7,869
     - Scattering 1.7% 139
Total Votes 8,008

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJocasta Zamarripa Incumbent 66.7% 599
Laura Manriquez 33.3% 299
Total Votes 898


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Zamarripa defeated Independent Ramona Rivas in the November 2 general election. Zamarripa was opposed in the primary election by Laura Manriquez and Angel Sanchez. [5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jocasta Zamarripa (D) 4,287
Ramona Rivas (I) 678
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jocasta Zamarripa (D) 755 52.43%
Angel Sanchez (D) 443 30.76%
Laura Manriquez (D) 238 16.53%

Campaign themes

Zamarripa lists her top priorities as:

  • "Investing in our youth through education.
  • Making our community safer by decreasing crime
  • Providing property tax relief to home owners"
  • ...strong leadership to protect and bring jobs to Milwaukee"

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[6]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, when Zamarripa first won election to the State Assembly, she collected $22,567 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Jocasta Zamarripa $696
Wisconsin Federation of Teachers $500
Teaching Assistants Association $500
Kris Wisnefske for Wisconsin $500
Service Employees Local 150 $500
MILW Co Labor Cope $500
Federation of Teachers Local 212 $500
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals $500
Milwaukee Teachers Education Association $500
Wisconsin Education Association $500
DC 48 People Fund Committee $500
Progressive Majority $500
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin $500
Service Employees Wisconsin State Council $500
6 individual donors $500 each


Zamarripa is not married.

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