Politician Info

Senator Risser has been around the block and few times and as the legislator with the longest running history of being elected, he shows us marijuana reform is not always a generational divide.  Senator Risser sponsored medical marijuana and decriminalization this session to earn his B+ rating.

Holds office State Senate District 26

  • Born Madison, Wisconsin, May 5, 1927; married; 3 children.
  • Attended Carleton College (Minnesota), University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. University of Oregon, 1950; LL.B. University of Oregon, 1952.
  • Attorney. World War II veteran; Navy.
  • Member: State Bar of Wisconsin and Oregon and Dane County Bar Associations; NCSL (past member National Executive Committee); CSG (past member National Executive Committee, Midwestern Conference chair 1993, 1982
  • Presidential Elector 2012, 2008, 1964.
  • Elected to Assembly 1956–60. Elected to Senate in 1962 special election. Reelected since 1964. Longest serving legislator in Wisconsin history and longest serving state legislator in U.S. history. Leadership positions: President of the Senate 2011 (effective 7/17/12), 2009, 2007, 2001, 1999, 1997 (effective 1/15/97 to 4/20/98), 1995 (effective 7/9/96), also 1979 to 4/20/93; Comajority Leader 2001 (effective 10/22/02); Assistant Minority Leader 1995 (effective 1/5/95 to 7/12/96), 1993 (effective 4/20/93), also 1965; Senate President Pro Tempore 1977, 1975; Minority Leader 1967–73.

Member of Educational Communications Board, Historical Society of Wisconsin, Board of Curators, Legislative State Supported Programs Study and Advisory Committee, State Capitol and Executive Residence Board and Uniform State Laws, Commission on

Sponsored Legislation

Sponsor of SB 318 to decriminalize possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana in 2017.

Sponsor of SB 577 to decriminalize and removed the penalty for possession and sale of 28 grams or less.  Also removes the odor of cannabis as cause for search and would set up a system for expunging records.  


Contact Fred Risser

Email: Sen.Risser@legis.wisconsin.gov

Web: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/leg-info.aspx?d=26&h=S

Phone: 608-266-1627


State Capitol, Room 130 South Post Office Box 7882

Madison, WI 53707-7882

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