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 Plan Act funding, we have an opportunity to invest millions of federal dollars where they will make the biggest impact 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's 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.
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On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued the following statement encouraging youth in District 15 to apply for the Milwaukee County Youth Commission.
On Thursday, June 30 County Supervisors Peter Burgelis and Juan Miguel Martinez, County Executive David Crowley, Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Mark Borkowski, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County Park Rangers will join neighbors for a neighborhood walk in the Jackson Park neighborhood.
On September 20, 2022, from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Milwaukee County residents are invited to celebrate National Voter Registration Day at the Sherman Phoenix Marketplace’s Inaugural Voter Registration Kick Back event. Milwaukee County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued the following statement in support of their efforts.
On Tuesday, June 21 County Supervisor Peter Burgelis and County Parks Director of Operations and Skilled Trades Peter Bratt will host a neighborhood discussion about the future of Doyne Park.
Near West Side Partners—a nonprofit working to make the Near West Side a great place to live, work, play and stay—will hold its second annual Near West Side Week from September 11-17.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will host two open house style public involvement meetings to provide the opportunity for greater input on the I-94 East-West Corridor project.
On Tuesday, September 6, the Committee on Personnel unanimously recommended for adoption a resolution authored by Supervisor Peter Burgelis recognizing the progress Milwaukee County has made as an organization in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
On Saturday, June 18 Historic Concordia Neighbors Inc. will lead a tour of homes and buildings from the Gilded Age around the city. “I’d like to encourage all residents who enjoy Milwaukee’s rich architectural history to attend this tour,” said Supervisor Peter Burgelis.
Milwaukee County voters will cast their votes for Governor and U.S. Senator on November 8. Resolution 22-993, authored by County Supervisor Peter Burgelis will be heard by the Milwaukee Transportation and Transit Committee on September 6.
Today Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and County Supervisors Peter Burgelis, Ryan Clancy, Felesia Martin, Juan Miguel Martinez, Shawn Rolland, Liz Sumner, Kathleen Vincent, and Sheldon Wasserman released the following statement.
On Wednesday, August 3, 2022 County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued the following statement in the wake of 22 known monkeypox infections in Wisconsin, 3 of which are in the City of Milwaukee and 4 others in Milwaukee County.
Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson recently introduced a resolution celebrating the contributions of Frederick Law Olmsted to Milwaukee County and Washington Park by renaming the portion of Washington Boulevard in Washington Park to Olmsted Way.
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.
Today, Supervisors Felesia A. Martin, Willie Johnson Jr., Ryan Clancy, Steven Shea, and Peter Burgelis announce the introduction of legislation in support of nonpartisan election administration in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
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.
On Wednesday, June 15 Brazil Johnson, a 28-year-old transgender Black woman was shot and killed in Milwaukee near Teutonia and Garfield avenues. No arrests have been made for her murder.
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.
County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and Supervisors Felesia A. Martin, Liz Sumner, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sheldon A. Wasserman, Ryan Clancy, and Shawn Rolland issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
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.
The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors honored impactful members of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ community with citations at its Thursday, June 23 meeting. County Supervisor Peter Burgelis authored citations for both Janice Colby and Don Schwamb.
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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Currently, there are 56 cases of monkeypox in Wisconsin, and 21 of them are in Milwaukee, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. With cases on the rise, Wisconsin is taking its first steps to address the virus, and particularly in Milwaukee, politicians and health experts are collaborating to spread awareness.
A group of supervisors are seeking to put an advisory referendum on ballots in Milwaukee County for the Nov. 8 election asking residents if they support the legalization of marijuana.
County Supervisor Peter Burgelis issued a statement on August 3 in the wake of 22 known monkeypox infections in Wisconsin, 3 of which are in the City of Milwaukee and 4 others in Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $28,000 for information leading to an arrest in the killing of a transgender Black woman who was found dead two weeks ago. Brazil Johnson, 28, was found fatally shot on June 15 in the city's Triangle North neighborhood.
Disc golf course. Mountain biking trail or pump track. A prairie with native plants. Community Garden. Dog Park. Multi-use trail. Butterfly garden. Vendor area. All are proposals that have been raised as possible uses for the former Doyne Park Golf Course.
A $28,000 reward is being offered for information leading to those responsible for the homicide of Brazil Johnson. Johnson, a 28-year-old Black transgender woman, was found shot to death June 15 on Teutonia Avenue near Garfield Avenue.
The the County Board of Supervisors voted, 14-4, on Thursday to change the name of the road through Washington Park to Olmsted Way.
A reward for information about the killing of a Black transgender woman is now more than $28,000. Brazil Johnson, 28, was killed June 15 near Teutonia and Garfield avenues. No arrests have been made.