Former Wisconsin State Senator
Leah Vukmir is the Senior Vice President of State Affairs for National Taxpayers Union – the oldest nonpartisan taxpayer advocacy group in the United States. In March 2019, she joined NTU where she educates and lobbies state lawmakers to adopt policies that lower taxes, streamline government inefficiencies, and promote private markets. Leah draws on her 16-year experience as a state lawmaker in Wisconsin where she was on the frontlines of the education, labor and healthcare reform.
Leah first became involved as a conservative activist fighting for a stronger reading curriculum for her daughter in kindergarten. Her grassroots advocacy eventually led her to run for public office. In 2002 Leah was elected to the State Assembly, and in 2010 she was elected to the State Senate where she served two terms.
A proven conservative leader, Leah stood strong against the special interests that sieged the state Capitol in 2011 and because of her support of collective bargaining reform, Wisconsin taxpayers have seen more than $15 billion in savings. She was also instrumental in a wide variety of labor law reforms, including the repeal of prevailing wage.
Leah is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience working as a pediatric nurse practitioner and educator. Drawing on her background in health care, she became a leader on free market healthcare reform policy.
Elected to serve as assistant majority leader for the Wisconsin State Senate, Leah also served as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. She was also a member of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, the Education Committee and the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.
Leah’s steely spine and passion to advance conservative policies earned her the Right Wisconsin Iron Lady Award in 2014 and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Iron Lady Award in 2017. She was Wisconsin’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Besides being State Co-Chair of TPC’s Wisconsin Leadership Council, Leah is also a State Co-Chair of Maggie’s List – the country’s leading political action committee specifically focused on electing conservative women to federal public office.