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. She was reelected to her second term in November of 2012 and was elected Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair.
As a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Representative Zamarripa serves on the following Assembly committees:
Committee on Campaigns and Elections (Ranking Democrat)
Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations
Committee on Corrections
Committee on Jobs, Economy, & Mining
Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security
Committee on Rules
In addition to these legislative duties, Representative Zamarripa also serves on the Governor’s Council on Migrant Labor and is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).