In her weekly newsletter, Martha Laning, the current chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, announces that she will not run for reelection:


Four years ago, I ran to become Chair because I knew that Wisconsin Democrats needed a strong party infrastructure, a robust and engaged grassroots network, and a clear vision for what it means to be a Democrat. Like so many people in our state, I was deeply concerned about how the policies of Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans were taking opportunity away from our kids, jeopardizing the future of our communities and turning Wisconsin into a state none of us recognized anymore. I wanted to do my part to help.


Four years later, I am incredibly proud of the Party we have built. For the first time since 1982, Democrats hold all five constitutional state offices, lead by Governor Tony Evers who will put the people first as he champions our Wisconsin values. We re-elected our Senator Tammy Baldwin so she could continue her work improving the lives of Wisconsinites and protecting those that need it most.

These victories didn’t happen by accident. We launched an unprecedented year-round, every-year organizing program to empower activists across our state to inspire, engage and turn-out Democratic voters. We bolstered our candidate services team to support down-ballot candidates and helped them run competitive campaigns. We ensured the Party had the financial resources to support our ambitious plans.


Given these accomplishments and the bright future ahead for Wisconsin Democrats, I believe this is the perfect time for me to transition to my next challenge. I will not stand for reelection as DPW Chair this coming June
and welcome the opportunity to support new leadership as they take the helm this summer. I remain committed to the Party and to our Democratic values, and I will continue to lead the Party with the same transparency and vigor as we prepare for the next Chair’s race and leadership transition following June’s election.

It has been an honor to work with so many caring and passionate activists who give their time to help make our vision a reality. I am humbled to work with a staff that doesn’t see the work just as a job, but as a calling to build a stronger Wisconsin.Chairing the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has been an incredible opportunity, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done together to move Wisconsin forward.

emphasis from the original

3 Responses to DPW Chair Martha Laning Not Running for Reelection.

  1. AJ says:

    I must admit that I was a skeptic of Martha Lanning’s lack of experience when she ran as chair the first time. Outside of the 2016 presidential election, I am excited that we were able to win a Supreme Court seat and win all the statewide constitutional election offices in 2018. Martha Lanning took the position of chair seriously and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

  2. nonquixote says:

    Spoke with a very nice DPW staff member about Martha’s admonition in late January that it was time now for everyone to get back to work. I politely asked where the DPW has been since the mid-term general elections. DPW brought along their voters, grateful for that, but did little to shape a message to reflect everyday citizens simply wanting a voice on numerous issues.

    Again I’ll ask about the number of actual DPW subscribed members. 14K at last count? Anybody? Too few people thinking they have a lot to say for everyone is far from any on the ground reality. Taking exclusive or anything beyond marginal political credit or influence in the outcome of the 2018 statewide races by the state party leadership is ludicrous.

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