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Bill  Esbeck

Bill Esbeck
Executive Director
Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association

122 West Washington Ave, Suite 1050
Madison, WI 53703


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Information Technology

Bill Esbeck has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association since 2002. Bill began his career in the office of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, where he served as Policy Advisor for Utilities, Infrastructure, and Economic Development. Following his six-year stint with Governor Thompson, Bill accepted an appointment at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, serving as Executive Assistant to Commissioner Joe Mettner. Immediately prior to joining WSTA, he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Strategies, Inc., managing the Wisconsin operation for the regional government affairs and public relations firm. Bill served as a board member of the United States Internet Industry Association from 2008 to 2012. He also served as chair of the National Council of State Telecom Association Executives in 2013 and 2014. Bill was named Grassroots Advocate of the Year in 2014 by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. In 2017, he was named to an FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Working Group by FCC Chair Ajit Pai. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When someone asks Bill Esbeck what he does for a living, and he tells them he is a lobbyist, their next question is often how did you become a lobbyist? Unlike some other jobs, you don’t go to school to become a lobbyist and graduate with a degree in lobbying. However, common interests and career choices exist that can lead to lobbying. Bill will discuss his path in politics and policy that evolved into a career as a lobbyist.