David Cullen (politician)

David A. Cullen (born February 1, 1960) is an American lawyer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Treasurer. Prior to his election, Cullen served as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly after winning a special election in May 1990. Cullen was elected in April 2012 to a seat on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, which he held until taking office as County Treasurer.

David Cullen
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 13th district
In office
Succeeded byRob Hutton
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 14th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1960-02-01) February 1, 1960
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison,
Marquette University


Cullen graduated from John Marshall High in Milwaukee, received his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1981, and his law degree from Marquette University in 1984. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and practiced law for six years prior to being elected to the State Assembly.[1]

Elective office

In 1983, he was elected to the Milwaukee School Board and served continuously until 1990. He was President of the School Board from 1987 until 1990. On May 1, 1990, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election (to fill the vacancy created by the election of Tom Barrett to the State Senate), with 2347 votes to 1661 for Republican Steven Woehrer;[2] and was re-elected in the subsequent biennial elections through 2010. In 2012, he served on the Assembly standing committees on consumer protection and personal privacy and on insurance; on the joint audit committee, and on the state Commission on Uniform State Laws.

In 2012, after his district was radically altered by redistricting by the Republican-controlled legislature, he chose to run for an open seat on the Milwaukee County Board.[3] He won his race with 58% of the vote.[4]

In August 2014 he defeated former State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass for the Democratic nomination for Milwaukee County Treasurer, with 38,492 votes (53%) to Sass' 33,729 (47%). (There was no candidate in any other party's primary in that race.)[5]

Personal life

Cullen and his wife have two children, Katie and Eddie.


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