Thank you for your trust and electing me to represent the 15th District. When meeting with neighbors, most are concerned with public safety, specifically gun violence and reckless driving. Neighbors also want to ensure that our parks are maintained and the long trend of budget cuts and neglected facilities improves. With once in a generation American Rescue Plans funding, we have an opportunity to invest millions of federal dollars where they will make the biggest impacts to our community.
Our community also suffers from unfair and biased shared revenue from the state. For too long municipalities have struggled to get their fair share of state revenue. I applaud the County Supervisors who have asked the United States Justice Department to review the unfair revenue policies of the lawmakers in Madison. Milwaukee County is the economic engine of Wisconsin and we must demand that our tax dollars are invested back in our county. As a large urban community, Milwaukee County has different needs than the rest of the state and in order to meet the needs of our diverse citizens, our county must have local control of revenue.
The Wisconsin tax system has a perverse reliance on property taxes where homeowners foot the bill for the community, while visitors don’t contribute to transportation, infrastructure, public spaces, public safety, or repairing potholes. Keeping our tax revenue in the community would allow us to make Milwaukee County an even more exciting visitor destination, and tourists could help alleviate high property taxes.
Keeping in touch with you is important to me. Please alert me when great things happen in our community - I want to celebrate with you! Also, please reach out when you see something that should be improved - I want to work to make our community safer and more prosperous for all residents.
I look forward to hearing from you!
How to Contact Me
Contact my office at (414) 278-4255
About Supervisor Peter Burgelis
Peter Burgelis was elected County Supervisor in April of 2022. Supervisor Burgelis is a first generation Latvian-American, born and raised in Milwaukee County. He graduated from Marquette University High School and the University of Louisville with a bachelor degree in Political Science.
The first out LGBTQ member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Peter understands that representation matters. He strives to ensure all residents have a voice on the County Board. The 15th District stretches from the southside to the northside in the heart of Milwaukee County. Its residents are a diverse representation of the community, but they want all of the same things - safe neighborhoods, shared green spaces, and access to county services.
Peter has worked as a home lender for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he was executive director for the non-profit Latvian Center Garezers in Michigan and co-owned a restaurant business. He is still active in the non-profit community and enjoys supporting good causes and local businesses. His current affiliations include Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Latvian Cultural Foundation, Latvian Center Garezers, Latvian Lutheran Holy Trinity Church of Milwaukee.
Peter enjoys spending time with his two nieces and two nephews, two of whom attend University of Wisconsin schools. He and his partner reside on the south side of Milwaukee with their beagle, Booker. Booker’s favorite dog park is Currie Park, where he happily sniffs and runs most weekends.
As County Supervisor, Peter is concerned about public safety and reckless driving, preserving parks, and ensuring taxpayer investments are carefully managed to efficiently make our whole community a better place.
The 15th District is the heart of Milwaukee County and includes the neighborhoods of Alverno, Merrill Park, Bluemound Heights, Story Hill, Jackson Park, Cold Spring Park, Piggsville/The Valley, Concordia, Johnson's Woods, Martin Drive, Fairview, Hawley Farms, Lyons Park, White Manor, Washington Heights, West Milwaukee, and eastern West Allis.
Map of the 15th Supervisory District
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On April 14 the Friends of Villa Terrace opened their newest exhibition, In the Park with Olmsted: A Vision for Milwaukee. The exhibition will be open to the public through September 25 and will profile the significant contributions Frederick Law Olmsted made toward inclusive, accessible parks systems across the United States.
On Wednesday, May 25 Serving Older Adults and Milwaukee County will host activities for National Senior Health and Fitness Day. County Supervisor Peter Burgelis will participate in an 11 a.m. full body hand weights class at Washington Park Senior Center with seniors in his district.
Yesterday Alderman José G. Pérez was unanimously elected President of the Milwaukee Common Council, becoming the first Latino to hold this position. Milwaukee County Supervisors released the following statement congratulating President Pérez.
Today Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced plans to study reimagining the northern section of Highway 175—from Wisconsin Ave. to Lisbon Ave.
Today newly-elected County Supervisor Peter Burgelis introduced his first piece of legislation, a resolution supporting the Ukrainian people and condemning the unprovoked aggression and war crimes committed by Russian Federation soldiers in Ukraine.
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Milwaukee is one of the most segregated large metro areas in the nation. This continues to be one of our city’s top problems.
After being sworn in on April 18, newly-elected County Supervisor Peter Burgelis introduced his first piece of legislation. The resolution supports the Ukrainian people and condemns the unprovoked aggression and war crimes committed by Russian Federation soldiers in Ukraine.