Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in a special election in December of 2012.
A lifelong resident of Waukesha County, Paul has been married to his wife, Amy, for 27 years. They have been blessed with two sons, Andrew and Jarod.
After graduating from Waukesha County Technical Institute in 1987, Paul later graduated from Carroll College in 1991, with a degree in business administration.
Paul has over 15 years experience as a small-business owner in southeast Wisconsin. Today, Paul and his partners continue to operate House to Home Services, LLC.
Paul has experience in both local government and nonprofit organizations. He is a former member of the Richmond School Board, in the Town of Lisbon, and currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Board of Carroll College. He has previously served as State Director for the Youth in Government program for the YMCA’S in Wisconsin. A lifelong outdoorsman, Paul is a Past President of the World Musky Hunt, Inc.
In this past legislative session
Paul served on the following committees:
- Committee on Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications (Chair)
- Committee on Education (Vice-Chair)
- Committee on Judiciary and Labor
- Joint Legislative Council
- Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems
- Select Committee for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative (Chair)
- Member of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board
Paul had a number of bills signed into law including:
- Creating a Work Share option for companies to reduce outright layoffs – Act 11
- Updating substance abuse prevention for individuals working on public utility projects and expanding the “move over or slow down” requirements – Acts 39, 91
- Providing for voluntary admission for minors to Shelter Care facilities – Act 335
- Creating Patent Trolling guidelines – Act 339
- Increasing the opportunity for companies owned be Disabled Veterans to compete for state contracts – Act 192
- Expanding opportunities for classified research by the UW System – Act 289
- Removing the 180 day requirement for schools to be in class – Act 257
- Clarifying the requirement for concussion understanding sheets for students in multiple sports at school – Act 93
- Creating a crossbow hunting season for all hunters – Act 61
During his first two years in the legislature, Paul has focused on transportation and education issues – both key to improving Wisconsin’s economy. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, and as a voting member of other committees including Housing and Colleges & Universities. He also serves as a member of the statewide Transportation Projects Commission.
At Paul’s request, in 2012, the Legislature convened a Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School. This committee was tasked with identifying ways to ensure that Wisconsin’s education system and curriculum prepares students for future workforce needs. Paul currently served as the Special Committee’s Vice-Chairman.