County Clerk
 

Milwaukee County Clerk

George L. Christenson

 

Due to Covid-19, the safety of our customers and employees is our priority; therefore, EXCEPT for service of legal documents and claims against Milwaukee County, an appointment is required for services. Please call the Office of the County Clerk at (414) 278-4067 to schedule your appointment.

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Your County Clerk

George L. Christenson

George Christenson is a lifetime resident of Milwaukee County and was elected Milwaukee County Clerk in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

After attending West Allis Nathan Hale High School, George went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

George began his commitment to public service in 1993 serving as a legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Jeannette Bell. George moved on to become executive director of Riverworks Development Corporation, an organization with the mission to renew a historically under-served community on Milwaukee’s northside.

George then served as the deputy executive director and director of economic development for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 2010, Milwaukee County Clerk Joseph Czarnezki appointed George to serve as Milwaukee County Deputy County Clerk.

George has three sons, Matthew, Cameron and Bennett. George is a volunteer with his local Boy Scouts of America troop. His son Cameron is an Eagle Scout and Bennett is a Life Scout.

What We Do

We issue marriage licenses, register all lobbyists and lobbying principals and report lobbying activity to the public. We also accept applications for passports and sell Milwaukee County bus fares and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) licenses and permits.

As an information clearinghouse for county government, the County Clerk administers oaths of office, maintains the central files for Milwaukee County reports, records, contracts and corporate documents, and receives and publicly opens competitive bids for county contracts. We also receive claims filed against Milwaukee County.

We record the proceedings of the County Board of Supervisors, maintain all legislative files, update existing ordinances and publish new ordinances online. We staff all County Board meetings. We maintain the County Legislative Information Center (CLIC), which provides online public access to legislative documents, meeting agendas and minutes and live streaming of County Board meetings.

If you would like to receive email announcements and meeting notices from the Office of the County Clerk, Election Commission and other county government departments, use our E-Notify tool.

 

Where We Are Located

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Where to Park

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Press Releases

Clerk Christenson Reflects on the Passing of Election Commissioner Rick Baas

Oct-14-2021

Milwaukee County Clerk Christenson issued the following statement today on the passing of the Milwaukee County Election Commissioner Rick Baas: “I am extremely saddened to learn of Rick Baas’ passing and my thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. I have known Rick for several years and consider him a friend."

Clerk Christenson and Supervisor Czarnezki Call on Governor Evers to Veto Undemocratic Redistricting Bill

Jun-28-2021

Last week the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 369, which would shift the timeline for local redistricting in Wisconsin following the 2020 census. County Clerk George Christenson and County Supervisor Joseph Czarnezki released the following statement calling on Governor Tony Evers to veto the bill if it comes to his desk.

Milwaukee County Elections Director Julietta Henry Selected to Advisory Board of the Election Official Legal Defense Network

Sep-08-2021

Milwaukee County Elections Director Julietta Henry has been selected to serve on the advisory board of a national nonpartisan legal network created to advise and defend election officials in the performance of their official duties.

County Clerk Christenson Announces Return of Passport Processing Services

May-12-2021

After suspending passport processing services in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, County Clerk George Christenson announced that U.S. Citizens will once again be able to apply for a U.S. passport in the County Clerk’s office beginning Tuesday, June 1.

Clerk Christenson Praises Senate Hearing on Wisconsin Election Processes

Sep-08-2021

Milwaukee County Clerk Christenson issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s informational hearing on Wisconsin’s election processes by the Senate Committee on Elections, Election Process Reform and Ethics, sponsored by Sen. Bernier, who chairs the Committee.

County Election Commission to Certify Results of 2021 Spring Election Thursday

Apr-14-2021

The Milwaukee County Board of Election Commissioners will meet as the Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the April 6 Spring Election on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson Rejects Invalid Subpoena

Sep-03-2021

On Friday, September 3, County Clerk George Christenson announced that he will not appear before a state Assembly committee, and asserted that the subpoena he received last month was invalid. The subpoena, signed by Representative Janel Brandtjen, (RMenomonee Falls) demanded that he appear before the state Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Sept. 7.

Clerk Christenson Testifies in Opposition to Election Bills Before Senate Committee

Apr-09-2021

County Clerk George Christenson testified before the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Elections, Election Process Reform and Ethics, in opposition to Senate Bills 207, 210, and 213.

County Clerk Christenson: “Our Elections are Fair, Transparent, Accurate, and Secure”

Aug-06-2021

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson received a subpoena today signed by Representative Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) demanding that he appear before the state Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections

Milwaukee County Election Commission Reports Unofficial 2021 Spring Election Results

Apr-08-2021

The Milwaukee County Election Commission has reported its unofficial 2021 Spring Election results, with 105,220 ballots cast throughout Milwaukee County.

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In The News

CBS 58: Milwaukee County Clerk Responds To Election Investigator's Threat Of Subpoenas

Sep-20-2021

The lead investigator hired by Republican lawmakers to investigate the 2020 presidential election had a strong message to clerks in a video message, that he's willing to issue subpoenas if they don't corporate with his review.

Urban Milwaukee: Board Rejoins WI Counties Association

Feb-25-2021

After extensive deliberation, the Milwaukee County Board has voted to release funds to the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA). The WCA, is a lobbying and consulting organization for counties in the state. Lobbying state government on behalf of counties is a huge part of what it does.

Up North News: Email Sent By Gableman To Election Clerks Raises Alarm

Sep-15-2021

The first official action taken by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman in his investigation of the 2020 election did little to quiet concerns that the Republican-ordered inquiry is a partisan, disorganized, and unprofessional effort.

Urban Milwaukee: Clerks Urge Vaccines for Election Workers

Feb-10-2021

Milwaukee County Clerk George L. Christenson has assembled a group of 35 clerks from around the state to request that election workers be included in the next phase of vaccinations.

WPR: Brown, Milwaukee County Officials Reject GOP Elections Subpoenas

Sep-03-2021

Milwaukee and Brown counties have rejected subpoenas issued by a Republican lawmaker seeking ballots, voting machines and other material related to the 2020 presidential election, saying they’re not valid.

Capital Times: Milwaukee County considers leaving statewide organization after Dane County pulls out

Feb-04-2021

The state's biggest county is putting off a decision on whether to continue its membership in a statewide lobbying association, a group Dane County already left over concerns that it did not represent its interests.

JS Online: Milwaukee, Brown County Clerks Refuse To Turn Over Ballots, Voting Machines To GOP Lawmaker, But Issue Could Escalate

Sep-03-2021

The top election officials in Milwaukee and Brown counties refused Friday to turn over ballots, voting machines and other material to a Republican state lawmaker because subpoenas she issued last month have been deemed invalid by nonpartisan legislative attorneys.

Urban Milwaukee: Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?

Jan-25-2021

Members of the Milwaukee County Board held a lengthy debate Thursday concerning whether they should remain members of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA). This association is an organization that is meant to represent and advocate for all 72 counties at the state level for legislative agendas and policies that meet the interests of county governments.

WPR: Milwaukee County Election Officials Poised To Reject GOP Investigation Subpoena

Sep-02-2021

Milwaukee County’s top election official said Thursday the county will take action this week on an election investigation subpoena issued by a Republican state lawmaker that calls for the release of ballots and voting machines to a legislative committee.

JS Online: After holdup, Republicans agree to reimburse Milwaukee and Dane counties for recount costs

Jan-08-2021

Republican state lawmakers agreed Friday to reimburse two counties that went to President-elect Joe Biden nearly $2.5 million for their recount costs after blocking the payments for a month.

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