|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 21st district
|Assumed office |
December 4, 2013
|Preceded by||Mark Honadel|
|Born||July 5, 1977|
Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
|Alma mater||Marquette University (B.A., 2002)|
Jessie Rodriguez (born July 5, 1977) is a Salvadoran American immigrant and Republican politician. She is a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 21st Assembly district–southeastern Milwaukee County. She is the second Hispanic and first Hispanic immigrant elected to the Wisconsin Legislature.
Born in El Salvador, Rodriguez moved to the United States in 1984 with her family, eventually settling in Milwaukee. She graduated from Milwaukee's Alexander Hamilton High School in 1996 and went on to attend Milwaukee's Marquette University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications in 2002. After graduating, she worked as an analyst for a large supermarket chain, and got into political communications working as an outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice.
On November 19, 2013, Rodriguez became the second Hispanic member, first Hispanic Republican, and first Hispanic immigrant in Wisconsin history to be elected to the State Legislature and was sworn into the Wisconsin State Assembly on December 4, 2013, as a Republican.
Rodriguez lives in Franklin, Wisconsin, with her husband and son.
|2013||Primary||October 22||Jessie Rodriguez||Republican||1,513||47.82%||Chris Kujawa||Rep.||866||27.37%||3,164||647|
|Jason Red Arnold||Rep.||73||2.31%|
|Special||November 19||Jessie Rodriguez||Republican||4,557||56.40%||Elizabeth Coppola||Dem.||3,523||43.60%||8,080||1,034|
|2014||General||November 4||Jessie Rodriguez (inc.)||Republican||16,051||96.54%||16,626||15,476|
|2016||General||November 8||Jessie Rodriguez (inc.)||Republican||16,589||59.30%||Jack Redmond||Dem.||11,338||40.53%||27,975||5,251|
|2018||General||November 6||Jessie Rodriguez (inc.)||Republican||14,280||54.66%||Gabriel A. Gomez||Dem.||11,806||45.19%||26,123||2,474|
|2020||General||November 3||Jessie Rodriguez (inc.)||Republican||19,318||50.93%||Erik Brooks||Dem.||18,583||49.00%||37,928||735|