Maggie Gau

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Maggie Gau

Maggie Gau studied political science at the University of Wisconsin. She was instrumental in Tony Evers getting elected as Governor of Wisconsin. She is from a blue-collar family and values hard work, honesty, integrity, loyalty, and compassion.

Educational Background

  • Maggie Gau graduated from Wausau West High School in 2005, after which she studied Political Science ('09) at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She is a "first-generation college graduate".

Professional Experience

  • While at the University of Wisconsin, Maggie Gau worked as a building manager for more than half her time as a university student; it "helped prepare her for the rough and tumble rigors of politics".
  • She was also an intern to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and erstwhile state Rep. Ann Hraychuck while in college.
  • After her graduation, she worked on Dana Schultz's (District 87 candidate from Wisconsin) 2010 campaign, which Ms. Schultz lost. Maggie Gau was briefly unemployed after that.
  • Following that, she worked at Rep. Janis Ringhand's office and managed her re-election bid.
  • While at Rep. Janis Ringhand's office, Ms. Gau took a 2-month leave to work as a deputy political director for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.
  • Upon returning, she continued working with Rep. Janis Ringhand and served as campaign manager for Ms. Ringhand's 2014 state Senate bid and briefly as Chief of Staff thereafter.
  • Ms. Gau then worked for Madison state Rep. Chris Taylor's office until she joined Tony Evers.
  • Ms. Gau started as a political director with Tony Evers in fall 2017. Shortly after, she was promoted to campaign manager and then to chief of staff after Evers was elected as Governor of Wisconsin in November 2018.

Political Affiliations

  • Maggie Gau has spent her decade-long career helping Democrats in Wisconsin get elected (at every level). Most of the Democrats she has worked with are women: Ann Hraychuck, Janis Ringhand, Dana Schultz, and Chris Taylor. Even while in college, she joined the Democrats group and interned with Democrats Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. Ann Hraychuck.
  • She was tapped in to work for Obama's presidential campaign as political deputy director. The President and his team visited Wisconsin several times during the campaign as Wisconsin was a focal point and Ms. Gau had the opportunity to meet all of them. She and actor Kurtwood Smith, traveled the state of Wisconsin in an RV to promote the campaign.

Accomplishments

  • As campaign manager to Rep. Ringhand’s bid, Ms. Gau helped Rep. Janis Ringhand defeat opponents from larger cities within the district in the primary and go on to win the general elections.
  • Later, as campaign manager, Ms. Gau helped Tony Evers defeat Gov. Scott Walker. Tony Evers was seen as reserved and uncharismatic relative to Mr. Walkers. Against the advise of national consultants-- who advised her to give run more "ads featuring third parties talking about the governor, and fewer with Evers talking directly to voters"--Maggie Gau's decided to give Evers more face time.

Interest & Values

  • Maggie Gau is proud of her Wausau roots and the values of hard work, honesty, integrity, loyalty, and compassion for others that she instilled through her blue-collar family and the local people of Wausau. Ms. Gau credits her high school debate team to get her interested in politics. She believes it is her upbringing that helped her get where she is today.
  • Ms. Gau believes politics is in her blood as both her paternal and maternal grandparents were politically active.
  • As Chief of Staff, she wants to unite her team to collectively to find solutions to problems as she is of the belief that everybody has ideas, purpose, and values.
  • Ms. Gau and Ever realized while working together that they share the same value systems and think a lot like each other. They have a working relationship where they are "completely honest with each other". In Ms. Gau's words, she and Mr. Evers focus on "working for the people of Wisconsin".
  • If there is one thing that Ms. Gau learned from her career in politics, it is that "authenticity matters". According to her, one of the things she and her team did right during the Tony Evers' campaign was to "let Tony be Tony".
  • On her Facebook page, Maggie Gau has liked Clay Matthews III, an American Football Linebacker who plays for the Los Angeles Rams. Homeland, The WestWing, Veep, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Daily Show, The Office, Weeds, Real Housewives, and Parks & Recreation are some TV Shows she likes. And, The Life of David Gale, Jerry Maguire, Little Miss Sunshine, Four Wedding and a Funeral, It's a Wonderful Life, V for Vendetta, Sixteen Candles, Erin Brokovich, and Good Will Hunting are some of her favorite movies.
  • Some musicians Maggie Gau has liked on Facebook: Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys, Rihanna, Beyonce, Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Queen, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
  • Based on her tweets, Ms. Gau supports the Wisconsin Badgers.
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