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Janet Piraino

Janet Piraino
State Director for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
State of Wisconsin

30 W. Mifflin Street | Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703


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Janet Piraino currently serves as State Director for U.S.Senator Tammy Baldwin. In this role, she supervises 20 staff in six offices around the state who help constituents resolve problems with federal agencies, reach out to individuals and organizations on the Senator's behalf, and organize events for Tammy around the state. Janet worked for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in the same role for seven years. She was Chief of Staff to Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz for his two terms in office, and worked in Washington D.C. as then-Congressman Tom Barrett's first Chief of Staff. She also spent 10 years as a Legislative Policy Advisor to various Legislators in the State Capitol. When she's not working or volunteering on campaigns, you'll usually find her on her Trek Madone biking Wisconsin's back-roads, or hanging out with dogs as a Dane County Humane Society volunteer.

Janet Piraino graduated from the UW-Madison School of Journalism without having a clue about what she would do next. A couple months later she found herself driving to Sheboygan in a beat up rental car organizing the state as the Field Director for a Governor’s race without ever having worked on a campaign. Find out how, through long hours and not-always-glamorous work, she became Chief of Staff for a mayor and a U.S. Congressman, and a State Director for two U.S. Senators. Having worked for elected officials at the federal, state and local level, Janet talks about the pathways to launching a career in politics and public service, and the exciting opportunities that await those who are willing to work hard and take risks.