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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

Milwaukee County Board Supervisors Collaborate on Budget, Vote to Enhance County Services, Invest in Safety and Security


Today, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, in collaboration with co-sponsors, authored a proposal adopted by the Finance Committee to enhance County services and invest in public safety.

Supervisor Burgelis Responds to State Senate Vote on Brewers Stadium Funding


Today, the Wisconsin state Senate voted on a stadium funding deal designed to keep the Milwaukee Brewers in Wisconsin. Supervisor Peter Burgelis expressed his optimism and relief regarding the progress made toward keeping the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Finance Committee Approves Budget Amendment to Increase Correctional Officer Pay


Today, Supervisor Peter Burgelis joined County Board Chairwoman Nicholson and nine other supervisors to sponsor Amendment 21 to the 2024 budget to raise the minimum Correctional Officer pay to $30.00 per hour.

Supervisor Burgelis Praises 2024 Budget’s Investments in Public Safety and Other Important Issues


Today, Thursday, November 9, 2023, the Board of Supervisors adopted Milwaukee County’s 2024 Budget, which prioritizes public safety, transit security, parks improvements, and property tax relief, among other issues.

Supervisor Burgelis to Host District 15 Town Hall Tomorrow


Supervisor Peter Burgelis is hosting a Town Hall tomorrow for District 15 residents to discuss County issues, including 2024 budget priorities.

Finance Committee Recommends Two Amendments to Address Paratransit Concerns


Today, the Committee on Finance voted to adopt two 2024 budget amendments, authored by a coalition of Supervisors to address paratransit concerns.

Supervisor Burgelis to Host District 15 Town Hall


Supervisor Peter Burgelis will host a Town Hall next week for District 15 residents to discuss County issues, including 2024 budget priorities. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17 in the Wehr Auditorium at Alverno College, located at 4098 W Morgan Ave.

Budget Amendment Elevates Community Voices, Fuels Ongoing Budget Collaboration Among Supervisors


Today, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, in collaboration with several co-sponsors, authored a proposal unanimously adopted by the Committee on Finance to amend Milwaukee County’s 2024 recommended budget.

Supervisor Burgelis Addresses Stadium Funding Concerns


Today, Supervisor Peter Burgelis testified on the 2023 Assembly Bills 438 and 439 during a legislative committee. The bills pertain to the funding and lease requirements for American Family Field.

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In The News

JS Online: Milwaukee County’s Washington Park Designated a Historic Landmark


The Milwaukee County Landmarks Committee has designated Milwaukee County’s Washington Park as a historic landmark.

JS Online: Milwaukee County Board Passes Amended 2024 Budget. Here's What To Know


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.37 billion recommended 2024 budget Thursday, weaving in additional services in a budget season full of investments compared to cuts as seen in prior years.

WISN 12: Washington Park, an Olmsted Creation, Named Historic County Landmark in Milwaukee


Milwaukee's Washington Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York's Central Park and the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington D.C., has been named a Historic Landmark in Milwaukee County.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Adopts 2024 Budget, Setting Up Battle With Crowley


The Milwaukee County Board voted Thursday to approve a $1.4 billion budget for county government in 2024, but the budget process isn’t over.

Shepherd Express: Milwaukee County Historical Society Designates Washington Park as Historic Landmark


On November 13, 2023, the Milwaukee County Landmarks Committee, overseen by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, officially designated Washington Park as a Historic County Landmark.

Urban Milwaukee: Board and County Exec At Odds Over Debt, Spending


The Milwaukee County Board is moving to pack as much spending as it can into the 2024 budget, and finds itself at odds with County Executive David Crowley and his administration over debt and spending that could contribute to future budget deficits.

Urban Milwaukee: County Funds New Rhino Facility for Zoo


he Milwaukee County Zoo will begin work on a new rhinoceros facility in 2024. The 2024 budget includes approximately $6.9 million for design and construction of a rhinoceros habitat and exhibit area for the zoo.

Urban Milwaukee: What’s The Future of The Charles Allis Art Museum?


The Charles Allis Art Museum has long been owned and maintained by Milwaukee County, but lately the cost to maintain the early 20th century has proven more than policymakers can bear.

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