Mandela Barnes

Credentials: Moderator, State & Local Policy

Position title: Lieutenant Governor, State of Wisconsin

Mandela Barnes is the first African American to serve as lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, and the second African American elected to statewide office. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Barnes is the son of a public school teacher and a manufacturing assembly line worker, a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools, and a graduate of Alabama A&M University. Barnes uses a platform of sustainability and equity to fight for solutions that invest in opportunities and fairness for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of zip code. He previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for four years.