The 2012 Campaign of Kelda Roys for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District
Kelda Helen Roys will stand up for what matters most to middle class families. Kelda is a bold, energetic leader with the progressive vision to move Wisconsin forward.
As a two-term State Representative and Democratic Caucus Chair, Kelda stood up to Governor Walker’s radical agenda from the beginning – voting against his corporate tax giveaways when other Democrats caved in.
An attorney and the former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Kelda has been a champion for equal pay, for reproductive rights, and in countering the right-wing’s assault on women and girls.
Now she’s running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District because it’s not enough to simply oppose bad right-wing policies – we need a strong, progressive leader who will work passionately to create family-supporting jobs, ensure excellent schools and higher education, combat climate change, and never cave in on the issues most important to middle class families.
Kelda Helen Roys is a statewide Democratic leader. Rep. Roys is a two-term legislator representing Wisconsin’s diverse 81st Assembly District in Northwestern Dane County. An influential and effective lawmaker and campaigner, she was elected to chair the Assembly Democratic Caucus in only her second term.
Rep. Roys was one of the most vocal opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip workers’ rights from public employees, and became a recognizable figure during the historic protests. As Caucus Chair, Rep. Roys led the Assembly Democratic caucus in their fight against Governor Walker and the Republicans’ conservative agenda this session.
An expert in women’s health policy, Rep. Roys served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Health & Healthcare Reform, and she currently serves as Ranking Member on the Committee on Elections & Campaign Finance Reform and the Committee on Consumer Protection & Personal Privacy. Her record of legislative success includes authoring legislation on reproductive rights, health care, consumer protection, children’s health, government accountability, workplace safety, economic justice, fiscal responsibility, election reform, and access to the courts, among other areas.
Prior to being elected to office, Rep. Roys served four years as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, the political leader of the state’s reproductive rights movement. Kelda developed the organization’s innovative and successful efforts to expand emergency contraception access through state and local legislation, including Madison’s landmark emergency contraception ordinance. Under her leadership, Wisconsin passed the first pro-choice law in three decades, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act, despite an anti-choice Assembly.
Rep. Roys received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, focusing on civil rights and international law. Kelda practices law at Wheeler, Van Sickle & Anderson, a small Madison firm, where she works with individuals and small businesses. In law school, she worked for the prestigious Wisconsin Innocence Project, helping to free innocent people from prison, and pass legislative reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.