May 23, 2022

Wisconsin’s first female Lt. governor passes away

Margaret Farrow, the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, has died.

The Republican leader’s death at 87 was shared in a statement by her son Paul Farrow.

“Mom was a lifelong public servant. Her service to her community and state spanned almost fifty years, starting with her time on the Elm Grove Board of Appeals to Village President. From municipal government, she rose to represent Waukesha County in the State Assembly, then the State Senate, before becoming Wisconsin’s first female Lieutenant Governor,” he said.

“That work doesn’t scratch the surface of all the boards, committees, commissions, and task-forces she continued to lead through 2021.”

“She was a trailblazer. Not only because of her significant positions as a woman in what was very much a man’s world at the time, but because of the way she stood up for all of the people of our community and our state to represent their best interests for decades,” he added.

Former Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker referred to her as an “icon,” called her “a mentor and a friend.”

In addition to her role as lieutenant governor, she served three terms in the state Senate and in the state Assembly.

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