First elected to the State Legislature in 2016, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley was one of the youngest members of the State Assembly. Four years later he traded in his Madison office, for one closer to home.
Elected by the voters of Milwaukee County in April, Crowley became not only the first African-American to hold the office of Milwaukee County Executive, but at 33 years old he was the youngest to do so, as well.
“It means a lot. You know, I remember, you know, learning about folks like Lloyd Barbee, Vel Phillips, and you know, they’ve been trailblazers here in the City of Milwaukee. And so, you know, back then when I learned about them, I probably didn’t know much what I was learning, but now I’m very aware of who those individuals are but also how to stand on their shoulders. And so for me it’s about making sure that we continue to push Milwaukee County forward, but I also understand that as the first African American elected to this seat, we’re probably going to have a microscope on everything that we’re doing.” Crowley told WTMJ at the time.
On Tuesday, Crowley added another accomplishment to his growing list of them, being named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” class of 2021.
You can view a slideshow of the most recent group of 10 honorees here.