I’m honored to represent you. I’m excited to work for you, and with you, to make this a Milwaukee for all of us. If you have anything that I can help you with, feel free to email or call me. If I can’t help you myself, I’ll try to put you in contact with someone who can. If you have ideas or suggestions on how to make this a better place for us all, I’d like to hear those, too.
Supervisor Ryan Clancy
About Supervisor Clancy
Supervisor Ryan Clancy was elected in 2020 after knocking on more than 10,000 doors (and, during the pandemic, then making hundreds of phone connections) with residents from across the 4th District. Ryan is the first socialist to have been elected to public office in Milwaukee since 1956.
Ryan has a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education from Beloit College, and a master's degree in negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with coursework on the ground in Israel and Palestine.
A lifelong activist, his advocacy has taken him to the Philippines, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, to Indonesia, where he trained to do unarmed protective accompaniment for human rights volunteers, and to Iraq, where he worked with students and protested the occupation in 2003. Closer to home, in Virginia he worked with youth from areas of conflict around the world, protested at Standing Rock, and has been arrested or risked arrest protesting for immigrant rights in Milwaukee and Racine.
A frequent volunteer with disaster relief organizations, Ryan has volunteered in shelters in areas of natural disasters, as well as warming rooms in Milwaukee County.
Ryan taught for Milwaukee Public Schools for years, first as a substitute teacher, where he became familiar with schools and families across the city, and then in a project-based MPS school, and has continued to advocate for public schools, and all students.
Since 2014, Ryan and his wife Becky have run a bar/restaurant/community center/entertainment complex in the Polonia neighborhood. Based on that experience, he founded the Progressive Restaurant and Activists of Wisconsin Network, which advocates for higher wages, paid time-off and better working conditions for employees in the service industry.
Ryan and Becky live in the Bay View neighborhood with their five children: Desmond, James, Alex, Sebastian and Fiona, their friend Carlos, and a hedgehog.
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Legislative Items Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by Supervisor Clancy
- 20-379 - A resolution calling upon the United States Congress to appropriate monies in direct federal aid specifically to state and local governments as a replacement for tax revenues lost due to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic (Signed by County Executive on 5/21/2020).
- 20-287 - A resolution to modify the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other Departments to adopt the Wisconsin Caregiver Law for barrable offenses as part of the background check process for contract agency employees who provide direct care and services to youth, adhere to the State of Wisconsin Rehabilitation appeals review process, retain the County’s policy to recognize Wisconsin Chapter 948 Crimes Against Children as a barrable offense (for those offenses not already barred by the State Caregiver Law) and urge the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board which oversees (Signed by County Executive on 6/23/2020).
- 20-285 - A resolution calling upon the United States Congress to repeal the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (1994 Crime Bill), and further calling upon Congress to pass and the President to sign, the People’s Justice Guarantee (Signed by County Executive on 8/3/2020).
- 20-434 - A resolution supporting State of Wisconsin legislation which would enable counties to impose fees on transportation network company (TNC) rides with the revenues supporting local transportation costs (Adopted by County Board on 6/25/20. Returned unsigned by the County Executive).
- 20-402 - A resolution waiving interest and penalties on delinquent real property tax installment payments pursuant to 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 to provide relief to Milwaukee County property owners that self-certify they used at least 25% of the property as their primary residence and/or owner-occupied business during the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic (County Board laid item on the table on 5/28/2020).
- 20-464 - A resolution condemning racial injustice across the United States and in Milwaukee County and seeking the dismantling of institutional and structural racism, and requesting informational reports from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation, and Circuit Court about policies and practices to achieve racial equity (Signed by County Executive on 7/22/2020).
- 20-528 - A resolution mandating the use of facemasks or face coverings by all passengers and operators on Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses to mitigate the spread and infection rate of COVID-19 (Signed by County Executive on 7/28/2020).
- 20-527 - A resolution proposing practical reforms to Wisconsin hate crimes statutes and giving false information to police officers on the basis of race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of a person; proposing additional guidelines to the National Neighborhood Watch Program to mitigate instances of unconscious racial bias, and proposing efforts to enable police departments are able to screen for and reduce “living while Black” racially-motivated calls for police service (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-536 - A resolution stating opposition to the use of chokeholds and asphyxia by County employees to gain compliance from individuals when physical force is required and stating personnel should use de-escalation techniques first whenever possible; and requesting the Civil Service Commission prohibit chokeholds and asphyxia in Rule VII, Section 4 of the Civil Service Rules for the Milwaukee County Government (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-571 - A resolution supporting municipal public health facemask ordinances and calling upon State of Wisconsin policymakers to implement a statewide facemask policy to mitigate the spread and hasten the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Signed by County Executive on 7/28/2020).
- 20-576 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin and all Wisconsin counties to make positive policy changes which will work toward eliminating systemic poverty and inequality (Signed by County Executive on 7/23/2020).
- 20-548 - A resolution authorizing and directing the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture to change the name of Wahl Park to Harriet Tubman Park and processing a fund transfer request in the amount of $9,750 from Org. Unit 1800-1945 - Appropriation for Contingencies to an appropriate account within Org. Unit 9000 - Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-448 - A resolution establishing a Milwaukee County policy of recalling furloughed public workers, including seasonal staff, at 40 percent of original work hours, should employees experience significant delays in receiving unemployment insurance from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. (Laid over to call of the Chair at 9/15/2020 Personnel Committee meeting).
- 20-611 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to remove statutorily mandated property tax levies toward regional planning commissions from county property tax levy limits (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-613 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to revise representation on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) based on population (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-672 - Requesting and authorizing the Department of Administrative Services, Information Management Services Division, to establish a cost estimate and strategic timeline to develop and support a multi-platform mobile app that provides users with access to a full range of emergency and non-emergency Milwaukee County Services (Signed by County Executive on 12/7/2020).
- 20-681 - A resolution supporting State of Wisconsin legislation which would address policing accountability and transparency (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-678 - A resolution to allocate $35,000 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 - Appropriation for Contingencies to Org. Unit 8000 for allocation to the Local 212 Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Faculty and Students Together Fund (FAST Fund) to specifically mitigate student housing insecurity so pupils can graduate and become successful (Signed by County Executive on 9/28/2020).
- 20-709 - A resolution providing resources to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) to supplement social media campaigns informing County residents on transit options to polling locations, and to ensure adequate bus service for voters of $28,000 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 Appropriation for Contingencies to Org. Unit 5600-5683 (Signed by County Executive on 10/12/2020).
- 20-676 - A resolution declaring a Right to Shelter in Milwaukee County so any person experiencing chronic homelessness or lacking access to safe housing will have accessible shelter; creating two additional Community Intervention Specialist positions, and accepting Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the City of Milwaukee to offset the cost for two years (Signed by County Executive on 12/2/2020).
- 20-763 - A resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, encouraging support of domestic violence prevention measures throughout Milwaukee County, and requesting the implementation of a Purple Alert system in the state of Wisconsin (Signed by County Executive on 12/7/2020).
- 21-83 - A resolution to create one Community Intervention Specialist position, effective February 21, 2021, in the Department of Health and Human Services - Housing Division, and authorizing an appropriation transfer of $48,042 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 Appropriation for Contingencies to Org. Unit 8529 to fund the position for the remainder of 2021 (Signed by County Executive on 2/22/2021).
- 21-193 - A resolution supporting a new era of Federal government, celebrating the advancement of racial equity through the historic election of Vice President Harris, and condemning the insurrection at the United States Capitol which sought to block the certification of the Electoral College votes (Signed by County Executive on 2/22/2021).
- 21-202 - A resolution opposing State of Wisconsin draft legislation LRB-0157 and opposing legislation which would dictate how local governments tend to their financial affairs, and State creation of unfunded mandates (In committee).
- 21-208 - A resolution/ordinance amending Chapter 24.02 of the Milwaukee County Code of General Ordinances to reduce the fine for marijuana possession and possession and delivery of drug paraphernalia to no more than one dollar (Signed by County Executive on 4/7/2021).
- 21-211 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to modify its statutes to make first and second simple possession offenses of marijuana subject to financial citation and make a third offense a misdemeanor while repealing the statutory requirement which requires cannabis arrests to be entered into the Wisconsin Criminal History Database (In committee).
- 21-227 - A resolution authorizing and directing the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture conduct a safety study to identify measures necessary to improve swim safety, beach sustainability and water quality at McKinley Beach and authorizing an appropriation transfer of $70,000 from Org. Unit 1940-1945 Appropriation for Contingencies to an appropriate account within Org. Unit 9000 Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture (Signed by County Executive on 4/7/2021).
- 21-237 - A resolution commemorating the life of Henry "Hank" Aaron, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and declaring February 4, Hank Aaron Day in Milwaukee County (Signed by County Executive on 2/24/2021).
- 21-238 - A resolution commemorating the life of John Lewis, civil rights activist and congressman from the Georgia Fifth District, and declaring February 21, John Lewis Day in Milwaukee County (Signed by County Executive on 2/24/2021).
- 21-240 - A resolution commemorating the life of Reverend C.T. Vivian, an influential civil rights activist, and declaring July 30, C.T. Vivian Day in Milwaukee County (Signed by County Executive on 2/24/2021).
- 21-306 - A resolution calling upon the State of Wisconsin to modify the Wisconsin Statutes to effectively legalize the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana (In committee).
- 21-330 - A resolution calling upon the United States Federal Government to normalize diplomatic and economic relations with the Republic of Cuba (In committee).
- 21-334 - A resolution/ordinance to rename and expand the duties of the Committee on Health and Human Needs to include Strategic Planning by amending Chapters 1, 23, 46, 53, 73, and 97 of the Milwaukee County Code of General Ordinances (Signed by County Executive on 4/7/2021).
- 21-378 - A resolution reaffirming Milwaukee County's opposition to further expansion of Interstate 94 (Adopted by County Board on 3/25/2021).
- 21-389 - A resolution committing Milwaukee County to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and requesting the Director of Sustainability, Department of Administrative Services, develop and administer a strategic plan to achieve carbon neutrality in Milwaukee County facilities and operations by 2050 (In committee).
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Today the County Board’s Finance Committee unanimously recommended passage of an ordinance change greatly improving the County Board’s fiscal oversight of county departments. The ordinance change is based on a 2020 budget amendment authored by Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Shawn Rolland.
Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election
Today the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors rejected (13-3) a proposal to allow Milwaukee County to host gun shows at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, and Liz Sumner released the following statement applauding this decision.
Supervisor Ryan Clancy released a statement recognizing the accomplishments of Milwaukee County residents who have been marching for 200 days to demand police reform under the banner of “The People’s Revolution.”
On Tuesday the County Board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee approved a proposal from Supervisor Logsdon that would allow gun shows to be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki and Liz Sumner released the following statement in opposition of the proposal.
County Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Joe Czarnezki are requesting that potential surplus tax levy funds be used to renovate the Detention Center kitchen at the Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center.
On Tuesday a gunman killed eight people across three Atlanta-area spas—six of whom were women of Asian descent—in the latest example of a rising number of violent Anti-Asian American crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supervisor Ryan Clancy has proposed shifting a total of nearly $12 million in funding from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to support Milwaukee County programs and services that meet the human needs of county residents.
County Supervisors Ryan Clancy and Joseph J. Czarnezki will introduce a resolution opposing State of Wisconsin draft legislation LRB-0157, which would strip away shared revenue—dollar-for-dollar—for any municipality statewide that chooses to redistribute funds from law enforcement.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously (18-0) passed a resolution from Supervisor Ryan Clancy on November 5 declaring a “Right to Shelter” for any Milwaukee County resident.
On Friday, January 22, 2021 Henry “Hank” Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer of the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, passed away. County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and thirteen County Supervisors released the following statement in response.
Supervisor Ryan Clancy is proposing a series of amendments to the 2021 County budget that would invest more than $2.6 million in County services and infrastructure to help meet the increasingly pressing needs of Milwaukee County residents. Clancy will present his amendments to the Board’s Finance Committee at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
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After extensive deliberation, the Milwaukee County Board has voted to release funds to the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA). The WCA, is a lobbying and consulting organization for counties in the state. Lobbying state government on behalf of counties is a huge part of what it does.
"Community engagement is very big to me,” said Milwaukee’s Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman during a town hall panel hosted by All of Us or None Wisconsin on Saturday. A project of Breaking Barriers Mentoring Inc., All of Us or None is an organizing initiative led by formerly incarcerated people and community members affected by incarceration.
The intersection of mental health needs, mass incarceration and housing policy became the focus of a recent town town hall-style event in Milwaukee. The Feb. 20 panel was part of a series of discussions with state and local officials on equity and justice issues in communities across the state.
The County Board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee approved a proposal from Milwaukee County Supervisor Patti Logsdon on March 16 that would allow gun shows to be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex.
The Milwaukee County penalty for marijuana possession would drop from up to $500 to $1, under a proposal introduced by a group of county supervisors. “In achieving racial equity, disparities in the criminal justice system, including marijuana and paraphernalia possession laws, must be eradicated,” the resolution said.
For years, the Milwaukee Gun Show has been held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. If a gun show were to continue, an ordinance has to be amended.
The state's biggest county is putting off a decision on whether to continue its membership in a statewide lobbying association, a group Dane County already left over concerns that it did not represent its interests.
Two big announcements in the last couple of weeks mean major changes are coming in what we drive and how we fuel up. First, President Joe Biden wants to replace the federal government's fleet of 645,000 vehicles with electric cars. Also, General Motors wants to sell nothing but zero-emission cars and trucks by 2035.
On December 14, 2020, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors issued an official resolution to mark the 200th consecutive day of The Peoples Revolution (TPR) march for racial equality. In it, the march is noted for its significance to an earlier Milwaukee protest, the 200 day Fair Housing March of 1967-68.
In November, I authored a budget amendment that directed the Department of Health and Human Services to analyze the costs and benefits of providing legal counsel to folks facing eviction or foreclosure.
In 1967, Milwaukee took to the streets to protest discriminatory housing practices. The parallels to our time are striking. December 14, 2020, marked the 200th day of marches and action across Milwaukee by The Peoples Revolution.