Board of Supervisors

Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. 1st District

Dear Neighbors,

It is my honor to serve the 1st District of Milwaukee County. With approximately 52,000 residents, the 1st District includes all of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills and several Milwaukee neighborhoods. We are part of a diverse and vibrant county with so much to offer from the airport to the zoo, to our parks and transit system.

Since taking office in 2008, I have worked hard to balance protecting vital services for our community with responsible budgeting. I am more energized and committed than ever in the 2018 - 2020 term to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face. Together we can ensure a bright future for our county.

An important part of our success is an active and informed citizenry. I encourage constituents to reach out to my office to share their views on county issues or sign up for my e-newsletter to receive updates on county news and events.

If you are ever interested in a specific county issue, CLIC allows 24-hour access to committee and board calendars, agendas and proceedings (2011 - present). Along with archived video and audio, the system allows you to live stream most meetings. 

I am proud of the work we have done and the investments we've made to open up your government in this way and promote greater transparency.

How to Contact Me

Contact my office at (414) 278-4280

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About Supervisor Lipscomb

Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. was first elected to the County Board in 2008 and is currently serving his fourth term as the supervisor for the 1st District, having been re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2018. The 1st District includes all of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills and a portion of the northeast side of Milwaukee – more than 51,000 constituents in all. 

Milwaukee County Supervisors elected Lipscomb to serve as Chairman of the County Board on July 30, 2015, and re-elected him as Chairman for the 2016 - 2018 term and 2018 - 2020 term. He is the youngest person to be elected three times as Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board. 

Prior to becoming Chairman, Lipscomb served as Co-Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee and also served on every standing committee of the County Board.

Chairman Lipscomb is a graduate of Marquette University High School in Milwaukee and an honors graduate of the UW–Milwaukee. He has a bachelor's degree in architectural studies and a certificate in urban planning. His studies included time abroad at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, and in Paris, along with independent study and research. He has continued his education with further graduate level studies in real estate finance and law, and has completed various professional certifications.

Chairman Lipscomb brings his many years of experience on housing and economic development issues to the County Board. Outside of his County Board duties, he maintains part-time involvement in real estate, which helps to ensure that he is up-to-date on current events and trends in the industry.

Chairman Lipscomb resides in Glendale with his wife, Nicole and their three children. They are lifelong residents of Milwaukee County and have lived in the 1st District for more than 30 years.

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Press Releases

County Board Rejects Contracts With Unison


The County Board rejected four contracts totaling more than $1,875,000 with troubled non-profit UNISON Thursday, after adopting an amendment from Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., that calls for the County to procure the services from another vendor or provide them directly.

Lipscomb Calls for Modernizing County Transit System


County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., has proposed modernizing Milwaukee County's transit system by purchasing up to 15 battery electric buses and beginning a transition away from fossil fuels.

County Board Proposes Moving Jail Medical In-house


The County Board approved (16 - 0) a proposal from Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., today that calls for Milwaukee County to provide inmate medical services, rather than continuing to contract with outside, private vendors.

Supervisors to Hold Public Meeting on 2019 County Budget


The County Board of Supervisors will hold its annual public hearing on Monday, October 29, at 6:00pm, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., in downtown Milwaukee, to listen to constituents as they weigh in with their concerns and priorities for the 2019 Milwaukee County budget.

County Moves to Take Control of Jail Medical Services


The Finance and Audit Committee approved (7 - 0) a proposal from Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., today that recommends Milwaukee County directly provide inmate medical services, rather than continue contracting with an outside, private vendor.

Lipscomb Calls for Fair Deal With Madison to Solve Fiscal Challenges


County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., is calling for a "Fair Deal" with the State of Wisconsin that addresses a growing imbalance in the tax revenue sent to Madison by Milwaukee County and what the County receives back in state support for mandated services.

Board of Supervisors Adopts 2019 Milwaukee County Budget


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted (17 -1) the 2019 Milwaukee County budget today after adopting several amendments to County Executive Chris Abele's Recommended Budget, including a plan to preserve funding for a transit route to key job sites.

Audit Reveals Shortfalls in Required Medical Staffing


An audit of the contract for medical services at the County Jail and House of Corrections (HOC) reveals persistent understaffing and makes several recommendations to improve the provision of health care services at both county facilities.

Supervisors Save JobLines With Amendment


County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., and Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic introduced a budget amendment to ensure that hundreds of Milwaukee County workers will continue to access jobs with a modified JobLines bus route.

Milwaukee County Offers New Tool for Financing Energy Saving Upgrades


The Board of Supervisors approved (15-2) the County's participation in a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program today, to help Milwaukee County property owners finance the costs associated with energy saving upgrades.

Lipscomb, Abele Launch 'Fair Deal' Initiative


County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., and County Executive Chris Abele officially launched Lipscomb's "Fair Deal for Milwaukee County" initiative by jointly signing the legislation Monday night, after the proposal was adopted by the Board prior.

County Board Urges More Transit Options to Foxconn


The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors urged County officials to start discussions on an agreement that could pave the way for a $4.5 million investment in dedicated bus service between Milwaukee, Racine, and the new Foxconn factory today.

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