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David R Riemer JD

David Riemer is currently Project Director of the Wisconsin Health Project. This non-profit initiative is working to reduce the number of Wisconsin\'s uninsured and lower health care costs for the state\'s businesses and governments. The Project is funded by several Wisconsin foundations, and has already resulted in the introduction of bipartisan legislation (Assembly Bill 1140) to tackle the state\'s two biggest health care problems. For more information, see www.wisconsinhealthplan.org. David also does consulting work for a variety of local and national clients.

Prior to launching this project in 2004, David campaigned for Milwaukee County Executive. He received 101,000 votes, or 43% of the votes cast.

During 2003, David served as Budget Director for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. His primary responsibility was to solve the State\'s projected $3.2 billion deficit. The resulting balanced budget preserved vital services without raising taxes. David worked as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in London and Oxford, England, in 2002; his research focused on supplementing low-income workers\' earnings through the tax system.

From 1988 to 2001, David held several high-level jobs for the City of Milwaukee, including Budget Director, Administration Director, and Chief of Staff for Mayor John O. Norquist. For most of this period, he was responsible for overseeing the central fiscal, purchasing, IT, and intergovernmental functions of the City\'s 7,500 person, $700 million government. During this period, David was also active in reshaping Wisconsin and US policies on welfare, poverty, health care, and education.

From 1975 to 1988, David held several positions in government and the private sector. He was legal advisor to Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey, worked for Sen. Edward Kennedy\'s Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research, developed health policy options for the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, prepared a report on Wisconsin\'s uninsured for the state Department of Health and Social Services, and worked on health care cost containment issues for Time Insurance Company. David is the author of The Prisoners of Welfare and several articles on poverty, health, and public administration.

David received an AB degree from Harvard College in History and Literature (1970) and a law degree from Harvard Law School (1975). He resides with his wife Ellie Graan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have two children, Daniel and Joseph.
Picture from Greatly Reducing Poverty in Wisconsin:Is it Possible?  How can we do it?  Would it Improve Health? video
March 4 2013

Picture from Prospects for Health Reform in Wisconsin video
December 10 2007

Picture from Fixing Wisconsin's Broken Healthcare System:  Two Proposals video
February 5 2007