IMG_2599Joe attended Holy Ghost elementary and middle school where he met his wife Becky. He grew up working for his father on the family’s sod and Christmas tree farm.  In 1980, at the age of 16, he began his first business selling fruits and vegetables, sod, topsoil and nursery stock on 35th & Forest Home Ave.

After graduating from Thomas More High School, he attended Marquette University until he left college to start a landscaping business. The business employed over 60 people and performed landscape construction and maintenance on residential, commercial and municipal projects. Joe has 25 years of experience running his own business.

Joe and his wife Becky, a parochial school teacher in Milwaukee, have three children: Andrea, Joe and Gina. Joe and Becky also have son-in-law Adam and dog-in-law, Lily.

Joe and Becky are active members at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in West Allis and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Greenfield. At MQH, he was on the Parish Council sitting on the building and grounds committees. At St. John’s, Joe runs the kitchen for the annual casino night school fundraiser, works the concession stand at sporting events, and tends bar at the Parish Festival.

Joe was also a member of the Archdiocese task-force responsible for the West Allis/West Milwaukee Catholic Schools merger, and performs volunteer work and for St. Thomas More High School.

Joe Served on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2008-2012.

He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 and has served on numerous committees including Financial Institutions, Health, Housing and Real Estate (Vice Chairman), Jobs, Economy and Mining, Transportation, Urban Education, and the Speaker’s Taskforce on Mental Health.

State Senator Leah Vukmir with "Little" Joe

State Senator Leah Vukmir with “Little” Joe

with Cong. Paul Ryan and RNC chair Reince Priebus

with Cong. Paul Ryan and RNC chair Reince Priebus