Representative JoCasta Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of St. Joan Antida High School and holds a BFA from UW-Milwaukee, 2005. Prior to her candidacy for the 8th Assembly District, Representative Zamarripa worked as a community outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She was also active in the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, served as board secretary for 9 to 5 Milwaukee, and was a board member for Equality Wisconsin (formerly Center Advocates).
In November of 2010, JoCasta Zamarripa made history by becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. In 2012, while running for her first re-election campaign, Zamarripa made the decision to come out publicly as a bisexual woman. She is one of four openly LGBT members of the Wisconsin Legislature. She was re-elected to her fourth term in November of 2016.
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