Waukesha County

Larry Nelson

201 N. Prairie Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186-4520
Home: 262-542-4767   
Cell: 262-424-5926

District 18:
City of Waukesha, Wards 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 28, 29

Currently serves as Chair for Human Resources Committee and on Executive Committee
Chair Community Development Block Grant Board
Bridges Federated Library Board of Trustees (Since 2013)
Vice-chair National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee
Wisconsin Counties Association Health and Human Services Steering Committee

Previous Terms
County Board Sergeant at Arms (2012-2014)
Finance Committee (2012-2016)
Judiciary and Law Enforcement (2012-2014)

Larry Nelson was a middle school Language Arts teacher for 30 years at Butler Middle School until he was elected Waukesha Mayor in 2006. As Mayor, he helped to get the Great Lakes Compact passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2008. The Waukesha Common Council was the first community in the U.S. to submit a Great Lakes Water Application in 2010 and the first to be approved by all eight Great Lakes Governors in 2016.

Larry was also a Waukesha Alderman for 6 years and in 2009, was elected by his peers as President of the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities. He was elected as a Waukesha County Supervisor in 2012 and re-elected to a third term in 2016.

As a county supervisor, Larry strongly supported and voted for the West Bypass (while serving as Waukesha Mayor, he collaborated with former County Executive Vrakas to successfully negotiate an agreement with the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation) which will be built in 2017 and 2018. He voted for 6 Waukesha County budgets that have kept Waukesha County with the lowest property tax rate among counties without a sales tax in Wisconsin and to maintain best budgeting practices to protect Waukesha County’s AAA bond ratings.

Larry supported and voted for the Joint Employee Health and Wellness Center in partnership with the City of Waukesha and Waukesha School District saving city taxpayers $7 Million over 5 years in healthcare costs.

He strongly supported and voted for Jefferson County to join the Waukesha County Federated Library System which is saving taxpayers money and expanding access to more library items.

The Drug Free Communities Coalition is part of a federal effort to prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Learn more here:

As a former Language Arts teacher, Larry knows the value of a good book.  Check out the County library website and all of the incredible resources available to you!

Larry with his fellow Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace Board of Directors at their 27th Anniversary Gala.

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