Jim Wahner

Jim Wahner is a former college lecturer turned legislative leader, who led Wisconsin into prominence on disability policy in the 1970s. During his professional career, he served in the Carter Administration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and later as Director of Health and Human Services for Milwaukee County. He then moved to the private sector and worked in long-term health care until retiring several years ago. Jim has long been an advocate for elderly and disabled persons and is currently finishing a memoir about the Wisconsin disability rights movement with co-author Jean Logan. Mr. Wahner served three years with the U.S. Army Security Agency, and later worked as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, and on the staffs of the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mayor of Milwaukee. He holds B.A. and M.A, degrees in Public Administration from American University, and did two years of additional graduate work at UW-Milwaukee. He lives in Verona, WI with his wife Dorothy.


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