Margaret Farrow’s career in government began in Elm Grove Village, first as Village Trustee from 1976 to 1981 and then as president from 1981 to 1987. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1986, then to the State Senate in 1989 through a special election, being re-elected in 1990, 1994 and 1998. In May 2001 Farrow was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 42nd Lieutenant Governor. As Lieutenant Governor, she served as chair of the Governor’s Work-Based Learning Board, co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Invasive Species, and chair of the Wisconsin’s Women’s Council. Farrow authored and served as vice chair of the SAVE Commission and was appointed by Governor Thompson to serve on the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century, where she worked to advance reform initiatives that reduce the cost of government. Farrow also served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Passenger Rail.
More recently, Farrow has turned her attention to non-profit activities, chairing the Priest Review Board for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the board of WisconsinEye, and helping to create and chairing the Waukesha County Action Network (WCAN). Since receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Education from Marquette University, Farrow has received numerous awards from groups, communities, and her high school and college. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree by Marquette University in 2008. Margaret is married to John Farrow; they have five sons, all living in Wisconsin.