Theodore Lipscomb

Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. is a Wisconsin politician and the chairman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Lipscomb was first elected to the County Board in 2008, representing Milwaukee County's 1st district.

Life and career

Lipscomb is the son of former state legislator Mark Lipscomb, Jr., a Democrat and unicameralist known for his attempt to sit in both the Wisconsin Senate and Wisconsin Assembly.[1] The younger Lipscomb graduated from Marquette University High School and from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning before working for an architectural firm and in the nonprofit sector.[2] In April 2008, Lipscomb challenged County Supervisor James G. White in a write-in candidacy; White also ran as a write-in candidate, having failed to meet statutory requirements to be listed on the ballot.[3] Lipscomb defeated White and was reelected to the County Board in 2012. Lipscomb is considered a progressive and a political opponent of moderate County Executive Chris Abele.[4]

Upon the resignation of County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic in July 2015, Lipscomb entered the race to replace her. He was elected board chairman on July 30, defeating County Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr.[5]


  1. "Lipscomb Gives In, Will Quit Assembly". The Milwaukee Journal. 30 April 1971. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. "Candidates for Milwaukee County Supervisor, District 1: Cegielski v. Lipscomb". The Shepherd Express. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. Held, Tom (2 April 2008). "Panel stays largely unchanged". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  4. Noth, Dominique Paul. "Could change in Milwaukee chair point to new election tactics?". Dom's Domain Politics. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  5. Behm, Don (30 July 2015). "Lipscomb selected to replace Dimitrijevic as board chair". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
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