LaKeshia Myers

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LaKeshia Myers
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 12th district
Assumed office
November 2018
Preceded byFred Kessler
Personal details
Born (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 35)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAlcorn State University (B.A., 2006)
Strayer University (M.E., 2009)
Argosy University (D.E., 2016)

LaKeshia N. Myers (born May 21, 1984)[1] is an American educator from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who was elected in November 2018 to the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 12th district, after having defeated long-time incumbent State Representative Fred Kessler in the Democratic August primary election with strong financial backing from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele (Kessler was a frequent critic of Abele).[2][3] She was unopposed in the general election.

Early life and education[edit]

Myers was born in Milwaukee in 1984, and graduated from Rufus King High School in 2002. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alcorn State University in 2006 (from 2005-2006 she was National Membership Director of College Democrats of America), a Master of Education from Strayer University in 2009, and a doctor of education from Argosy University in 2016. In addition to working as Director of Education for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and a trainer of teachers at Milwaukee Public Schools, she has been a small business owner, a clerk for the United States House of Representatives, and a legislative aide for Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor.[4] She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Assembly race[edit]

In 2012, after a drastic redistricting by the Republican-controlled legislature removed his home from the 12th and changed the racial complexion completely,[5] Kessler (who had served in the Assembly on and off since 1961) faced a challenge in the Democratic primary from African-American newcomer Mario Hall, who was reported to be a school choice supporter with backing from pro-voucher organizations.[6] Kessler (who had to move into the redrawn district) won with 71% of the vote, and faced no challenger in the November general election. Kessler was re-elected without opposition in 2014 and 2016.

In 2018, Myers (who has been active in various African-American and other civic organizations) announced her candidacy, saying that she ran because "neglect and starvation" had hurt Wisconsin's educational system, advocating that fewer people be re-imprisoned for minor probation and parole violations, and denouncing what she calls the district's economic decline. Kessler has been a frequent critic of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on issues from privatization of Milwaukee public schools to the public subsidies which financed the Fiserv Forum; and the Leadership MKE political action fund (financed almost completely by Abele) reported spending over $57,000 in support of Myers' candidacy. In the primary she defeated the 78-year-old Kessler with 3,709 votes to his 2,545.[7] Afterwards, she told the Associated Press, "I think the district made their voices clear with, it's time for us to cash in on that seat by having someone, a person of color, represent us in this district." (She is the only African-American woman in the Assembly from the Milwaukee area, and one of only two statewide.)[8][9] She drew 17,428 votes in the general election, with only 274 write-in votes against her.[10]


  1. ^ "Representative LaKeshia Myers". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Beck, Molly; Johnson, Annysa; Bice, Dan (August 14, 2018). "Immigration attorney ousts Rep. Josh Zepnick following sexual misconduct allegations". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hijacking Campaign 2018 - Information on Leadership MKE". Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. October 16, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Official biography
  5. ^ Map of new 12th District
  6. ^ Noth, Dominique Paul (August 1, 2012). "How Fred Kessler Gets Under GOP Skin". Milwaukee Labor Press. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Wisconsin Elections Commission Official Results: 2018 Partisan Primary "Representative to the Assembly District 12 - Democratic" p. 111.
  8. ^ Moreno, Ivan; Richmond, Todd (August 15, 2018). "Educator upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Jannene, Jeramey (August 15, 2018). "All the Election Data You Want". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  10. ^ WEC Canvass Reporting System: County by County Report: 2018 General Election "Representative to the Assembly District 1" p. 12.