John La Fave


John La Fave has been the elected Register of Deeds for Milwaukee County since January 2003. Previously he was a member of the Wisconsin legislature for ten years, 1993 - 2003.

In July 2009 Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. La Fave to serve a three-year membership on the Electronic Recording Council - Wisconsin (ERC-WI).  The Council was created by legislation known as the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.  The Council is charged to develop administrative rules and guidance on implementing electronic recording of land documents by Wisconsin Registers of Deeds.


In July 2008 the Register of Deeds began participation in the Property Fraud Alert service, which notifies participants whenever a document is recorded in their name in this office.
In 2003 the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds department became one of the first counties in the country to begin electronic recording of real estate documents. Electronic recording of documents is faster and more efficient than recording paper documents. On January 8, 2008 this office was the first in Wisconsin to begin eRecording deeds. Click here for JS Online article

During Mr. La Fave's tenure microfilm images from year 1999 back to 1915 have been converted to digital format. All Recorded Documents are available via computer from 8/1/1962 to the present.  Deeds can be accessed from 7/31/62 back through 1949. These documents are available on the Internet through our software vendor for a fee.  Soon Deed Volume books will be accessible back to 1915.


John La Fave is a member of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party,  Bay View Bicycle Club, Greater Milwaukee Recumbent Bike Club, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Whitefish Bay Tennis Club and the United States Tennis AssociationBorn in Milwaukee, John is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee County. He graduated from Wauwatosa West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in education.


John's involvement in political and community affairs began during his high school years when he was active in civil rights activities and the peace movement. His previous employment included work as an elementary school teacher, a sales representative and ten years as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. John and his wife Andrea live in the Village of Brown Deer. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Occasionally John enjoys commuting 13 miles to the courthouse via bicycle. 

Updated 12/16/2015


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