Board of Supervisors

Peter Burgelis

15th District Supervisor

Dear Neighbors,

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!


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Contact my office at (414) 278-4255


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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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Press Releases

County Board Adopts Resolution Supporting Pride Month and Flying the Intersex Progress Pride Flag


Yesterday, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in support of Pride Month and the display of the Intersex Progress Pride Flag at County buildings and locations throughout the month of June.

Elafiphobia from Milwaukee is REAL! Supervisor Burgelis Expresses Sympathy for Residents of Boston Crippled with Elafiphobia


According to recent surveys, residents of Boston have reported feeling increasingly frightened of deer, with the city having the highest rates of Elafiphobia, or fear of deer, in the nation.

MCTS CONNECT Offers Free Summer Rides Courtesy of Umo Mobility: Supervisors Coggs-Jones, Burgelis, Logsdon Urge Ridership


Milwaukee County Supervisors Priscilla Coggs-Jones, Peter Burgelis, and Patti Logsdon are excited to announce that Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is partnering with Umo Mobility to offer free rides on the CONNECT 1 Bus Rapid Transit line from June 4th through September 30th.

Supervisor Burgelis Partners with Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee County Parks to Host Discussion on the Future of Highland Park


On Saturday, April 8, 2023, Supervisor Peter Burgelis, in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks, the Harley Davidson Foundation (HDF), and the Milwaukee Parks Foundation are hosting a public forum to discuss the future of Highland Park.

Supervisors Testify at Public Hearing on Shared Revenue Autonomy Bill


On May 4, 2023, the Assembly Committee on Local Government held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 245, which proposes changes to county and municipal aid in Wisconsin. Supervisors Peter Burgelis, Ryan Clancy and Vice-Chair Sequanna Taylor attended the meeting.

Milwaukee County Board Declares Official Opposition to Conversion "Therapy"


Today, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution, authored by Supervisor Peter Burgelis, which officially declares Milwaukee County’s opposition to conversion “therapy.” Supervisor Burgelis made the following statement.

Milwaukee County Transit Safety and Security Task Force Announces Three Upcoming Public Hearings


The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Safety and Security Task Force announced three upcoming public hearings to be held in May and June.

Milwaukee County Courthouse to Host Milwaukee County Transit System Safety and Security Task Force in Room 203-R


Today, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Safety and Security Task Force will be holding its second meeting in Room 203-R. The meeting will be in person and can be found documented on Legistar following adjournment.

Harley-Davidson Foundation's $350,000 Investment, Highland Park Renaming Approved by Board


Today, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution [15-2] to accept funding from the Harley-Davidson Foundation in the amount of $350,000 in exchange for issuing naming rights and renaming “Highland Park” to “Harley Park.”

Conversion “Therapy” Ban Recommended for Adoption


Today, the Health Equity, Human Needs and Strategic Planning committee approved a resolution, authored by Milwaukee County Supervisor Peter Burgelis, which declares Milwaukee County’s official position of opposition to conversion “therapy”.

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In The News

Urban Milwaukee: County Could Replace Private Firm With Deputies or Transit Rangers


A task force working on security for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is looking at replacing the current private contractors with sheriff’s deputies, non-law enforcement “transit rangers” or some mix of both.

Urban Milwaukee: Highland Park To Become Harley Park


The Harley-Davidson Foundation is planning to invest approximately $350,000 in a Milwaukee County park adjacent to its corporate campus in exchange for changing the name to Harley Park. The announcement comes as Harley-Davidson prepares to build a large, privately-owned park on its campus.

Recombobulation Area: Supervisor Burgelis on the Stadium Freeway


Supervisor Burgelis discusses the Stadium Freeway. The segment begins at 44:10.

Urban Milwaukee: Harley-Davidson May Revamp Highland Park


The Harley-Davidson Foundation has plans to invest in the rehabilitation of a county-owned park near its corporate campus on the Near West Side and may, in exchange, seek a name change for the park.

FOX6: Highland Park to be 'Harley Park;' H-D Foundation Pays for Naming Rights


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on Thursday, April 20 to accept $350,000 from the Harley-Davidson Foundation in exchange for renaming "Highland Park" to "Harley Park."

Urban Milwaukee: Company Hiking Prices for Corrections Food


The corporation that supplies the food for the Milwaukee County Jail, its Community Reintegration Center (CRC) and juvenile justice facility is trying to raise the prices by 8% in its contract with the county.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Approves Harley Park Deal


The Milwaukee County Board approved a deal Thursday that will see the Harley-Davidson Foundation provide $350,000 for improvements and maintenance of Highland Park in exchange for renaming it Harley Park.

Urban Milwaukee: Committee Approves Medical Debt Relief


Sup. Shawn Rolland‘s plan to erase $153 million worth of medical debt in Milwaukee County cleared the board’s powerful Committee on Finance Thursday.

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