Mandela Barnes

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin

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Who am I?

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, the son of a public-school teacher and a United Auto Workers member. They taught me about hard work, perseverance, and how critical the fight for equality and justice truly are. At the age of 25 I was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, and 3 years ago I was elected the first black Lt. Governor in Wisconsin’s history.

What am I fighting for?

From day one, my fight has been the same: to create a Wisconsin where everyone has the chance to thrive – regardless of which ZIP code they live in. The current system isn’t working for the people of Wisconsin. Hard work just isn’t paying off like it used to. People just like you and me work longer and longer for less and less while big corporations and CEOs bring in larger profits than ever before. Instead of changing our dreams…we need to change the game. It’s time to stand for something. For opportunity. For everyone.

My DFA Values

These values are at the heart of why I first ran for State Assembly back in 2012, and have been the core of what has driven me ever since. I’ve helped to lead the fight in Wisconsin to ensure opportunity and equity for every one, regardless of their zip code. These are the values that my parents and my community instilled in me from the very beginning, and they are the values I will take to the U.S. Senate.

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