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Tim Cullen

Tim Cullen
Former WI Health & Human Services Secretary
State of Wisconsin

Room 108 South, State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707


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Tim Cullen has spent half of his career in the public sector and half in the private sector. He began his public service at the age of 26 on the Janesville City Council. He worked on the staff of U.S. Representative Les Aspin before winning a seat in the State Senate. He served in the Senate from 1975 until 1987, including five years as majority leader. He served as secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services and then worked as an executive for Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 20 years. After retiring from there, he once again entered public service as a member of the Janesville School Board. Cullen is now serving in the State Senate once again, representing 15th Senate District, which includes the cities of Janesville, Beloit and Whitewater and surrounding smaller communities. Cullen has served his community and state on numerous boards and commissions. He and his wife Barbara established a foundation that sends high school juniors to work as interns in the State Capitol each summer.

The jobs in health care encompass the private and public sector. Tim Cullen has extensive experience in each sector and can provide insight on careers available in the fastest growing segment of the market. Cullen served as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services from 1987-1988, and Vice President/Senior Vice President with Blue Cross/Blue Shield from 1988-2007. Now in his second stint as a Wisconsin State Senator, Cullen reflects on the path he’s taken and what kind of experience, background and character are useful for a career in the health care sector. (Running Time 22:50)