Eric Genrich
Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Assumed office
April 15, 2019
Preceded byJim Schmitt
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 90th district
In office
January 7, 2013 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byKarl Van Roy
Succeeded byStaush Gruszynski
Personal details
Born (1979-10-08) October 8, 1979 (age 41)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Emily Genrich
ResidenceGreen Bay, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (BA)
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (MLIS)
WebsiteGreen Bay mayor website

Eric Genrich (/ˈɡɛnrɪk/ GHEN-rik;[1] born October 8, 1979) is an American politician serving as the mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Genrich was previously the Wisconsin State Assembly representative for Green Bay's 90th Assembly District, serving from 2013 until 2019. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Electoral history

Genrich first ran for office in the 2012 Wisconsin State Assembly elections, defeating businessman David VanderLeest with 60.2% of the vote.[2] He won re-election in 2014, defeating lawyer Eric Wimberger, and ran unopposed in the 2016 Assembly elections.

Mayor of Green Bay

In March 2018, he announced his candidacy for Mayor of Green Bay in the 2019 election, in a bid to replace Jim Schmitt, who was not seeking another term as mayor.[3] Genrich and Brown County Supervisor Patrick Buckley advanced from a primary election, and Genrich defeated Buckley with 57.1% of the vote.[4]

2020 spring election

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Genrich and the City of Green Bay filed a federal lawsuit about a week before the April 7 elections to try and stop in-person voting. The lawsuit was dismissed because of a lack of jurisdiction,[5] and an order by Wisconsin governor Tony Evers to postpone the election also fell in court. Despite being offered help by the Wisconsin National Guard to help operate polling places, Genrich refused all assistance, citing a lack of training of the National Guard as poll workers,[6] closing 29 of the city's 31 polling places, only leaving Green Bay East High School and Green Bay West High School open.[7]

Personal life

Born in Green Bay, Genrich graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1998 and attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in history and sociology and graduating in 2002.[8] Genrich served as a legislative aide to state senator Dave Hansen from 2002 to 2008. Genrich later received a master's in library science in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, also serving as a representative for Congressman Steve Kagen until 2011. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Genrich was a librarian at the Brown County Library.[9]

State Assembly Committees

Notes

  1. ^ "Community Update 3/23/20". Retrieved 2 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Wisconsin State Assembly District 90". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  3. ^ "Rep. Eric Genrich announces candidacy for mayor of Green Bay". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  4. ^ "Eric Genrich defeats Patrick Buckley to become Green Bay's first new mayor in 16 years". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  5. ^ Krumholz, Ben (March 28, 2020). "With lawsuit dismissed, Green Bay preparing for April 7 election". WLUK. Retrieved April 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Krumholz, Ben. "A foggy election night with long lines in Green Bay". WLUK-TV. Retrieved July 30, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Krumholz, Ben (April 7, 2020). "A foggy election night with long lines in Green Bay". WLUK. Retrieved April 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Eric Genrich -- biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  9. ^ "Genrich Biography" (PDF). Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. Retrieved January 20, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Schmitt
Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
2019 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Karl Van Roy
Representative of 90th Assembly District
2013 - 2019
Succeeded by
Staush Gruszynski