Press Release

More Members of Law Enforcement Endorse Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate

WATCH: Mandela Barnes’ Plans on Public Safety

MADISON —  Today, more members of law enforcement and criminal justice from across the state joined a coalition endorsing Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for the U.S. Senate. Wisconsin’s law enforcement know that they can trust Mandela to support them and provide resources to ensure they can keep communities safe.

The coalition of law enforcement includes:

  • Troy Knudson, Sheriff (Rock County, WI)
  • Jeff Skatrud, Sheriff (Green County, WI)
  • Rick Geller, Retired Sergeant (Racine, WI)
  • Charles Foulke, Retired Police Chief (Middleton, WI) 
  • Donna Harris, Retired Assistant Regional Chief for Probation Parole, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections (Milwaukee, WI) 
  • Mike Washington, Retired Homicide Detective (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Richard Artisan, Former Sheriff (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Pia M. Kinney James, Retired Madison Police Investigator, Madison Native
  • Darlene Jenkins Ray, Retired Captain (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Greg Thompson, Retired Police Officer (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Paul Piotrowski, Retired Police Sergeant (Stevens Point, WI)
  • Gloria Reyes, Former Police Officer (Madison, WI)
  • Eddie Albritton, Retired Police Officer (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Steven Madsen, Retired Police Officer (Racine, WI)
  • Connie Cobb Madsen, Former Police Officer (Racine, WI)

Lt. Governor Barnes Has Worked to Keep Wisconsin Communities Safe 

The Evers-Barnes Administration Boosted Funding For Law Enforcement 

  • The Evers-Barnes Administration Invested Additional $45 Million On Violence Prevention Efforts In Wisconsin, Including $10.4 Million For A Competitive Grant Process To Support Violence Prevention Projects Statewide. [News 8000, 10/13/21]
  • The Evers-Barnes Administration Used $50 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Police, Sheriff’s Offices And Criminal Justice Initiatives. [WBAY, 3/15/22]

Lt. Governor Barnes Has Prioritized Public Safety Throughout His Career

  • Barnes Is Committed To Continuing Investment In Struggling Communities And Giving Law Enforcement Officers The Resources They Need To Prevent Crime Before It Happens. [Mandela Barnes Public Safety Proposal, 3/26/22]
  • Barnes Called For More Funding For Law Enforcement Officers So That They “Have The Resources They Need To Keep Us Safe,” And Called For More Investments In Crime Prevention.  [WUWM, 7/18/22]
  • In the Assembly, Barnes Frequently Called for Gun Violence Prevention 
    • 2013: Barnes Released A Statement Regarding Gun Violence In Milwaukee, Saying, “As Elected Officials, We Have An Obligation To Our Constituency To Take The Necessary Actions To Ensure The Public Safety.” [Milwaukee Courier, 8/10/13]
  • 2014: Barnes Joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn As He Gave A Speech Addressing A Spate Of Shootings In Milwaukee. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/10/14]
  • 2022: Barnes Praised The U.S. House Agreement On Police Funding And Safety Bills, Saying, “We Must Ensure Our Police Officers Have The Resources And Accountability They Need To Keep Wisconsin Safe.” [Mandela Barnes, Press Release, 7/29/22]

A former version of this release incorrectly listed John Siegel, Police Captain (La Crosse, WI).