At its January meeting, the Association of State Democratic Parties named Wisconsin Party Chair Martha Laning "Member of the Week." Here's what they had to say about her:

Martha Laning is the Chairwoman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. She has spent her life bringing people together to solve problems and build strong neighborhoods. She has organized parents and community leaders to make vital improvements to schools, raised millions to build an intergenerational community center in Plymouth, and proven that people from different backgrounds can work together to overcome any challenge. Born and raised in a middle class family in rural Central Wisconsin, her parents instilled in her early on the values of education, hard work, and the importance of giving back through volunteering.  After high school, She got a degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while working at the local paper mill in summers to pay for her education. After moving to the Sheboygan area, she took a job with the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition to help get their new project off the ground. When the economy collapsed, many believed the project would fall apart – but she persevered. She brought together business and community leaders to raise $4.6 million for the project, which was completed in May 2011. The building now serves as a community center bringing seniors and children together, and this collaborative effort has been labeled a model for the State of Wisconsin. In the fall of 2014, Martha ran for the Wisconsin State Senate because of my deep concern for the direction our state was headed.  She ran for the Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party because she knew that progressive values are what will bring back our strong, fair Wisconsin.

The ASDC also runs a "Leaderboard" tracking Facebook Likes and related data. We can be proud that the Wisconsin Democratic Party Facebook page came in 4th in the total number of Likes: 42,841.


Nancy Kaplan


Retired Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, news junky, progressive