|Member of the UW System Board of Regents|
June 18, 2013 - December 7, 2017
|Preceded by||Judith Crane|
|42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin|
May 9, 2001 – January 6, 2003
|Preceded by||Scott McCallum|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Lawton|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Senate from the 33rd District|
January 2, 1989 – May 9, 2001
|Preceded by||Susan Engeleiter|
|Succeeded by||Ted Kanavas|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 99th District|
January 6, 1986 – January 2, 1989
|Preceded by||John M. Young|
|Succeeded by||Frank Urban|
|Born||November 28, 1934|
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Margaret A. Farrow (born November 28, 1934) is an American Republican politician who was the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (the first woman to hold the office), as well as serving in both houses of the state legislature. She was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois for one year before receiving her B.A. from Marquette University. She is a former member of the UW System Board of Regents.
Farrow served on the Elm Grove, Wisconsin Board of Appeals from 1971–1974 and the Village Board from 1976–1987, spending the last five years of her tenure as president. After her time with the Village Board, Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, and later the Wisconsin State Senate, from a district comprising most of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The first female lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, Farrow was appointed to the position after then-Lieutenant Governor Scott McCallum was elevated to the office of governor upon the departure of Gov. Tommy Thompson to join the administration of George W. Bush in January 2001.
As Lieutenant Governor, she served as chair of the Governor's Work-Based Learning Board, co-chair of the Governor's Task Force on Invasive Species, and chair of the Wisconsin's Women's Council. Farrow authored and served as vice chair of the SAVE Commission and was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to serve on the Governor's Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century. Farrow also served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Passenger Rail.
McCallum and Farrow ran for a full four-year term in 2002, but their Republican ticket lost the race to Democrat Jim Doyle.
Farrow was publicly touted by Mark Neumann as the best candidate to take on Democrat Russ Feingold in 2004. Without putting her name forward for consideration, she won a straw poll at the 2003 Republican State Convention. During the 2008 campaign, she was a member of the "Palin Truth Squad" for the McCain Campaign.
She is chairman of the board of directors of WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, Inc., which produces the Wisconsin equivalent of C-SPAN. In 2010, WCAN (Waukesha County Action Network), the advocacy organization Farrow had created, combined with the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce to create the Waukesha County Business Alliance, a county-wide chamber of commerce representing over 1,100 member businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Farrow currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Policy Board of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Farrow and her husband are now residents of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In 2010, her son Paul Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly and then to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. On December 7, 2017, she announced her immediate retirement from the UW System Board of Regents, stepping down before her term expired in 2020.