Gwen S. Moore
Gwendolynne S. Moore (D) represents the 4th District of Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2004. Moore served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1993-2003, and she served two terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989-92.
From her official biography:
Gwendolynne S. Moore was born in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up in Milwaukee. The eighth of nine children, Congresswoman Moore's father was a factory worker and her mother was a public school teacher.
Congresswoman Moore attended North Division High School in Milwaukee where she served as Student Council President. "By the eleventh grade I realized with horror that my assumption that I'd attend college was no more than that-an assumption. My assessment was bleak. I was a product of an all black, inner city high school featuring limited college preparatory courses and a crumbling infrastructure. I had academic deficiencies, low self-esteem and my parents had a negative net worth."
Despite these obstacles, Congresswoman Moore graduated from North Division and started college at Milwaukee's Marquette University as an expectant mother who needed to apply for welfare in order to complete her education. There she earned a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, Congresswoman Moore served as a community leader, spearheading the start-up of a community credit union as a Vista volunteer and working to improve the quality of Milwaukee's housing and neighborhoods.