Champion of Economic Development

State legislators who exemplify WEDA’s mission of promoting economic development and are committed to making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and do business through policies that advance economic growth are recognized as Champions of Economic Development.


At the end of each two-year legislative session, WEDA presents the award to lawmakers who exhibited an exceptional commitment to growing Wisconsin’s economy based on several factors, including:

  • Voting record on bills critical to economic growth
  • Authorship or sponsorship of key legislation
  • Responsiveness to economic development issues

This year WEDA will present a total of 20 legislators with the “Champion of Economic Development” award for their efforts during the 2021-22 legislative session.


2022 WEDA Champion of Economic Development award winners:

  • Rep. Dave Armstrong (R-Rice Lake)
  • Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam)
  • Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton)
  • Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville)
  • Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha)
  • Rep. Syliva Ortiz-Valez (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. William Penterman (R-Columbus)
  • Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Town of Washington)
  • Rep. Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi)
  • Rep. Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield)
  • Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc)
  • Rep. Ron Tusler (R-Harrison)
  • Rep. Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer)
  • Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah)
  • Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester)