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Sheldon A. Wasserman

3rd District Supervisor

Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman

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About Supervisor Wasserman

Sheldon Wasserman was elected to third term on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on April 7, 2020. He represents the residents of Milwaukee County’s 3rd District, which includes Milwaukee’s East Side, the Village of Shorewood and most of the Village of Whitefish Bay.

Dr. Wasserman is a Milwaukee native. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979. He also attended Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a number of academic awards, including the John F. Kennedy Outstanding Leadership Award Scholarship. He went on to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he graduated with a doctorate in medicine in 1987. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1991.

In November 1994, he fulfilled a life-long dream of being elected to represent Wisconsin’s 22nd Assembly District where he served 14 years until 2009. He was then appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, where he served 4 ½ years, serving the last 1 ½ as chair. He led the re-write of Chapter Med 10 of the Administrative Code, which covers unprofessional conduct of physicians.

When long-time County Supervisor Gerry Broderick announced his retirement, Wasserman returned to the political trail knocking on thousands of doors seeking to represent the residents of District 3 on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Wasserman’s top priority is serving his constituents. He is also focused on addressing the challenges facing our parks, transportation, Domes, Zoo and General Mitchell International Airport.

For the 2020-2022 term, Supervisor Wasserman has been appointed Chair of the Parks, Energy, & Environment Committee. He also serves on the Health Equity, Human Needs and Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Wasserman practices Obstetrics/Gynecology at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and has delivered over 4,500 babies during his career.

His great passion for travel has taken him to six continents around the world. He has climbed mountains, hiked through jungles, tracked through deserts, rolled down sand dunes, crawled through caves and gone scuba diving with great white sharks.

Wasserman is married to his high school sweetheart, Wendy Wasserman, who is a Speech Pathologist for the Milwaukee Public School System. They have three children, Joseph, Lauren and Benjamin.

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Committee Assignments

  • Parks, Energy & Environment Committee (Chair)
  • Health Equity, Human Needs and Strategic Planning
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Press Releases

Wasserman Introduces Resolution Declaring Medical Misinformation a Public Health Crisis


County Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman, MD has introduced a resolution declaring health misinformation a public health crisis and affirming Milwaukee County’s commitment to health equity.

Supervisors’ Statement on the Passing of Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron


On Friday, January 22, 2021 Henry “Hank” Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer of the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, passed away. County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson and thirteen County Supervisors released the following statement in response.

Supervisors Sumner and Wasserman to Host Virtual Town Hall on 2022 Budget Oct. 20


Milwaukee County Supervisors Liz Sumner (District 1) and Sheldon Wasserman (District 3) will host a virtual town hall on the 2022 Milwaukee County Budget on Wednesday, October 20, from 7- 8:30 pm.

Supervisor Wasserman Receives Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine


Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, January 14. As an OB-GYN physician, Supervisor Wasserman was able to receive his vaccine as part of group 1a.

County Board of Supervisors Congratulate the Bucks on Historic NBA Championship


On Tuesday night the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the team’s first NBA Championship since 1971.

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.


Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

Food Truck Festival Coming to Milwaukee Lakefront Saturday


The Milwaukee County Parks Department is teaming up with local food trucks for the inaugural Park'd - pop up pub & grub event on Saturday, July 17 at McKinley Park, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Supervisor Wasserman Receives COVID-19 Vaccine


Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman was the first elected official in Southeast Wisconsin to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As an OB-GYN physician, Supervisor Wasserman was able to receive his first dose of the vaccine on Thursday, December 24.

Finance Committee Recommends Additional Funding for McKinley Beach Safety Study


The Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution from Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman authorizing the Parks Department to spend an additional $70,000 on a safety study at McKinley Beach today.

Supervisor Wasserman Statement on the Death of George Floyd


Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman released the following statement concerning the death of George Floyd and related protests. I strongly condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police that led to George Floyd’s death. The family of George Floyd deserves justice.

Supervisors Denounce Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans


On Tuesday a gunman killed eight people across three Atlanta-area spas—six of whom were women of Asian descent—in the latest example of a rising number of violent Anti-Asian American crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wasserman to Propose Pay Caps Tied to County Execs' Salary


County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman is planning to bring a resolution to the County Board that would prohibit all but a few county employees from receiving a higher annual salary than the Milwaukee County Executive.

Supervisor Wasserman Statement on Proposed Changes to the Bradford Beach Bathhouse


Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the proposed changes at Bradford Beach.

Supervisor Wasserman Outraged at Conduct of Sheriff Clarke


Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman expressed outrage at the conduct of Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., during today's meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

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In The News

WPR: Milwaukee County To Consider Making Medical Misinformation A Public Health Crisis


When Milwaukee OB-GYN Dr. Sheldon Wasserman meets with patients, he asks them if they’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccination. Lately, their reasons for saying no have left him frustrated. A woman he's known for more than 20 years told him the pandemic was a Chinese conspiracy against former President Donald Trump.

Urban Milwaukee: Lake Park Bridge Needs $1 Million More


It looked to Milwaukee County officials like they had finally put together the funding to fix the historic Ravine Road Bridge in Lake Park. But as far as local contractors are concerned, they’re about $1 million short.

JS Online: Milwaukee County Parks Face Looming 'Fiscal Cliff.' Other Communities May Offer A Path Forward.


Humboldt Park has long been Nicholas Honeck's go-to, but the pandemic prompted an "epic quest" that gave him and his family an appreciation for parks across Milwaukee County — and the challenges they face. As the world went into lockdown, Honeck, 39, and his wife, Michelle, took their twin boys and dog to explore the county’s parks.

Urban Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Parks Traveling Beer Garden Returns


In 2014, the budget-strapped Milwaukee County Parks hoped to generate $100,000 in revenue by operating a Traveling Beer Garden for two-week stints in six locations. The repurposed fire truck, now a bar, exceeded its goals by the third stop.

Urban Milwaukee: Send In The Goats?


Should Milwaukee County use a herd of goats to nibble away at invasive species in the parks system? At least one county supervisor thinks so. Sup. Jason Haas introduced a resolution Tuesday before the county board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee seeking to employ goats for landscaping purposes around the county.

JS Online: Milwaukee County Lifeguard Shortage Puts Some Pool And Beach Openings At Risk


Milwaukee County Parks is seeking around 300 strong swimmers for lifeguard positions, and if they don't find them, some pools and beaches won't open this summer.

Urban Milwaukee: Saga Of The Domes Continues


So much has happened since the last time county policy makers formally paid attention to the aging Mitchell Park Domes. Since 2019, the leadership on both the Milwaukee County Board and in the county executive’s office has changed; and the county, like the rest of the world, was plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Milwaukee Magazine: Why Is McKinley Beach So Deadly?


It was Wisconsin’s most dangerous Lake Michigan beach in 2020, churned by a deadly mix of design shortcomings, racial disparities and the inland sea’s mercurial fury.

Urban Milwaukee: Supervisors Create Independent Redistricting Committee


Milwaukee County’s first-ever, independent redistricting committee — not done by the county supervisors — is beginning its work under less-than-ideal circumstances. The census data required for drawing new legislative maps recently arrived from the federal government, which was several months late. Typically, redistricting would already be well underway.

TMJ4: Milwaukee County Faces Major Lifeguard Shortage For Upcoming Season


Milwaukee County officials are calling on the community for help after recent numbers show the number of lifeguards the county will have for the upcoming summer season is not where they should be.

Urban Milwaukee: Food Truck Festival Coming to McKinley Park Saturday


A new food truck festival will take place on Milwaukee’s lakefront this weekend. The event, called “Park’d! Pop-Up Pub & Grub”, is being hosted by Milwaukee County Parks at McKinley Park between Lagoon Drive and McKinley Marina.

Urban Milwaukee: Parks Face Huge Lifeguard Shortage


Milwaukee County is facing a severe lifeguard shortage for summer 2021. Milwaukee, like the rest of the country, has experienced declining numbers of lifeguards in recent years.

JS Online: Milwaukee’s Lindbergh Park May Be Getting A New Name


Lindbergh Park was due for a name change. The park was named for pilot Charles Lindbergh, best known for making the first solo, nonstop flight between New York City and Paris. But he also blamed U.S. involvement in World War II on Jewish people, claiming they were misleading the American public as to the severity of Nazi Germany.

Urban Milwaukee: Wilson Park Garden Project Delayed


In January a south-side community organization went before the Milwaukee County Board with a plan to construct a garden on a piece of empty land in Wilson Park. It’s three months later and Milwaukee County Parks still hasn’t drawn up a land use agreement for the project.

Shepherd Express: Our County Parks Are In Trouble


Milwaukee County Parks are on life support. We are six years away from the parks receiving no taxpayer support. County Executive David Crowley predicts that in 2027, every dollar of current revenue will need to be dedicated to services mandated by the State of Wisconsin.

WISN: Milwaukee County supervisors could enact countywide mask mandate


Several Milwaukee County supervisors are exploring a countywide face mask mandate.

TMJ4: Milwaukee County Proposing Partnership With Schools To Help Lifeguard Shortage


Lifeguard shortages are impacting summer plans across the country and Milwaukee County is no exception. County Supervisor, and Chairman of the Parks Energy and Environment Committee, Sheldon Wasserman called the situation a crisis and life or death matter.

Urban Milwaukee: Parks Leasing Golf Carts, Making Money


Milwaukee County Parks is going to subsidize a handful of seasonal employees in 2021 with golf carts. The department recently went before the Milwaukee County Board’s committee on Parks, Energy and Environment, asking for authorization to lease an additional 46 golf carts for 2021.

Urban Milwaukee: No More County Government Bickering


It’s a new era in Milwaukee County government. For decades, there has been nasty bickering between the county board and county executive, but County Executive David Crowley and Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, are getting along famously.

Urban Milwaukee: County Plans Lakefront Food Festival


Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman, chair of the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee, sponsored an amendment to the 2021 budget that called on the county parks department to organize food truck events during at least two weekends this summer on the lakefront

Milwaukee Magazine: Could Technology Turn the Dangerous Tide at McKinley Beach?


Two key Milwaukee County officials say they will ask the Parks Department to look into potentially life-saving technology for McKinley Beach, where suddenly shifting currents were linked to four deaths last year.

Urban Milwaukee: ‘Classic Car Garden’ Planned for Wilson Park


A community organization is planning to activate an otherwise empty piece of land in Wilson Park. The South 27th Street Business District Association is proposing to plant trees and install gardens and benches to a 2.3-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Wilson Park, just outside of the Wilson Park Senior Center along W. Howard Avenue.

WISN: County Closes McKinley Beach For Summer Due To Safety Concerns


One of Milwaukee's most popular beaches is closed for the summer. County officials shut down McKinley Beach because of safety concerns. "It's going to be closed because it's unsafe, and we don't know what we're dealing with," Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman said.

Milwaukee Record: Officials respond to articles about Bradford Beach privatization, county park trail fees


Milwaukee loves its public spaces and county parks. They’re great! But if there’s one thing Milwaukee loves even more than its public spaces and county parks, it’s going ballistic any time the ideas of “privatization” or “fees” are brought up.

Shepherd Express: Historic Bradford Beach Pavilion Threatened With Structural Damage


A recent engineering report found several issues threatening the future of Milwaukee's historic Bradford Beach pavilion, including “long-term durability items that need to be addressed in the short-term to help ensure a longer-term future for this structure.”

Urban Milwaukee: Parks to Study McKinley Beach Safety


After three people drowned at McKinley Beach in 2020, Milwaukee County officials are working on an emergency study of the water and beach conditions to improve safety for swimmers. “Obviously McKinley Beach has been on the forefront of our minds since summer,” Sarah Toomsen, planning and development manager for Milwaukee County Parks, said .

JS Online: Milwaukee County Board Allocates $1 Million To Restore Decaying Lake Park Footbridge, Moving Yearslong Project Forward


The project to restore the historic footbridge spanning Ravine Road in Milwaukee's Lake Park will get a $1 million infusion from county emergency funds, under legislation approved Thursday by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Urban Milwaukee: Bradford Beach Restaurant Advancing


Bradford Beach concessionaire Dock Bradford is advancing a plan to turn the historic beach house into a restaurant, but would maintain public access to restrooms and other facilities. A modular bar would be constructed on the open-air second level of the structure. Seating would be added to both levels.

TMJ4: Supervisors Approve Using Emergency Funding To Save Lake Park Bridge


Milwaukee County supervisors voted Thursday in favor of a plan to fund repairs of the long-shuttered Lake Park bridge. Closed in 2016 because engineers deemed it unsafe, recent plans put repairs at nearly $2.5 million, but new estimates add $1 million.

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