Joe Parisi has called Dane County home his entire life. Joe sought out public
service as a way to give back to a community that has given so much to him.
Joe was first elected as County Executive, the chief elected leader of Dane
County, in 2011 after 6 years in the State Assembly and 8 years as Dane County
Joe’s priority is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the
opportunity to succeed. He believes investing in people pays big dividends.
Joe knows this can work because he experienced it. As a teenager, Joe dropped
out of high school. He was encouraged to return to education through a community
program by people who believed in him. So he worked to earn his GED and went on
to MATC (now Madison College) and graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in
sociology. Now Joe believes it is his turn to give back to ensure that our
children’s generation has access to the same opportunities that were available
Dane County Executive Parisi has:
Joe and his wife, Erin Thornley Parisi, are raising their two daughters on Madison’s east side.
With a population of more than 500,000 and an annual county budget of $600 million, Dane
is Wisconsin’s second largest county. Dane County has the highest private sector job and
population growth in Wisconsin.