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Mary Lazich
Wisconsin State Senate District 28
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 3, 2013
Political party Republican
Website Senate website

Mary Lazich (b. October 3, 1952) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin Senate. She has represented District 28 since 1998. In 2003, she was the Majority Caucus Chairperson. She was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1992 to 1998. She was a Board member of Waukesha County from 1990 to 1993 and a member of the New Berlin City Council from 1986 to 1992. She is also involved with the Waukesha County Republican Party.

Lazich attended University of Wisconsin, Waukesha; and earned a BA from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lazich has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lazich served on these committees:


2011 unemployment bill

Lazich was one of three Republican state senators, including Glenn Grothman and Rich Zipperer, who voted no on the Wisconsin State Senate's version of an unemployment bill in July 2011.

The bill, which could eliminate a newly instituted one-week waiting period on the receipt of unemployment benefits, passed in the Senate with a vote of 30-3. State officials said the one-week waiting period is a crucial part of the effort to root out fraud, but the bill works to eliminate it.

Democratic Senator Robert Jauch called the one-week waiting period “a 55 million dollar highway robbery of workers."[2]


2011 recall

See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin began a recall campaign targeting Lazich and 7 of her Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in March 2011.[3],[4] Organizers were unable to collect the necessary 20,973 signatures by the May 2 deadline to force a recall, falling about 2,000 short.[5]


On November 4, 2008, Mary Lazich won re-election to the Wisconsin State Senate, District 28. She was unopposed. [6]

Mary Lazich raised $57,326 for her campaign [7]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 28 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Lazich (R) 74,951

Recent legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Sen. Lazich includes:[8]

  • A bill revising child abuse/neglect laws[9]
  • A bill creating penalties for companies that employ illegal immigrants[10]
  • An amendment allowing decreases to the salaries of public officers during their elected term[11]

Campaign donors

Some of the top donors to Sen. Lazich's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[12]

James R. Klauser, Christine Krsko, Scott D. Newcomer, R. Jay Hintze, Jeffrey Durski

Health interests were his largest donor group.

In 2008, Lazich collected $57,326 in donations.

Listed below is the top contributor to her campaign. [13]

Donor Amount
James Klauser $1,000

External links

Suggest a link

8Lazich on Facebook


Lazich is married and has three children.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Senate District 28
Succeeded by