Mary Burke

Born:April 30, 1959 (age 65)
Career:Wisconsin secretary of commerce, 2005-2007
Education:Finance degree, Georgetown University
M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Mary Burke was the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor of Wisconsin, losing to incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. She is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation and the daughter of Trek Bicycle Corporation founder Richard Burke. She also served as the Wisconsin secretary of commerce.

Burke was born on April 30, 1959, and grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin. She received a finance degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1985.

Burke began her career as a consultant in New York and Washington, D.C., before returning to Wisconsin in the late 1990s to work for Trek. She served as Wisconsin secretary of commerce from January 2005 to November 2007. She served on the Madison (Wisconsin) school board from 2012-2019.

In 2011, Madison Magazine named Burke one of their "People of the Year."


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