"I believe in the people of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. I want this district to be a destination for small businesses, families, and new talent." - Ann Roe
A small business owner, former educator, working mom, and the proud daughter of a Korean War veteran, Ann Roe is a problem solver who knows how to get things done. She’s a Wisconsinite who has spent her entire career making an honest living and putting her community first. From restructuring a board of directors to uncovering purchasing and accounting errors at a Fortune 500 company to helping students get into their dream schools, Ann has spent her career creating real solutions to the big problems our community faces every day.
Ann is a fixer and has worked with everybody in the public and private sectors. She has worked with a variety of corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and educational systems – all with the common goal of making things better. Most recently, she took her passion for removing obstacles to our children's future even further by starting a small business dedicated to guiding students through the often complicated and confusing college admissions process.
Ann is also a fixer in her community. She led the recent effort to secure funding to repair and revitalize the historic Woman’s Club Building in downtown Janesville, winning an $80,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and beating out 120 other national applicants. For the last four years, Ann has served on Downtown Janesville’s board, including as President for the last year. There she has worked to develop new marketing initiatives to promote local businesses and community services. She is a proven thought leader who has never forgotten her roots or where she came from.
When her son Charley was born with a rare bleeding disorder, Ann had to fight tooth and nail to get him the care that he needed to survive – even when the broken system would not listen. Because Ann refused to let anything hold him back, Charley is now a healthy college junior with an eye toward pre-med.
As a business and community leader, Ann knows firsthand that the path to success for our community is inextricably linked to our access to quality education, health care, childcare, and good-paying jobs. But when it comes to enacting policies that will help us thrive, too many of our leaders in Washington are long on talk and political games but short on solutions. We need a fighter in the House of Representatives. We need a Representative who will solve the problems facing Wisconsin today.
Ann is ready to bring her no-nonsense approach to Congress to make sure our community has a seat at the table and fight for our small businesses, more jobs and better wages for our workers, quality health care, and education that our children deserve and need to succeed in the future.
Ann has lived in Janesville for over 25 years with her husband Jonathan, a Wisconsin native and pediatrician. Their daughter, Catherine, graduated from Lawrence University in June of 2021 and started law school in the fall of 2021. Their son, Charley, is a college junior at Macalester College.