Wisconsin’s first female lieutenant governor also served in Assembly, Senate, UW Board of Regents
The Margaret Farrow Scholarship Fund has been created to honor the life and legacy of former Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow.
She began her career in government in the Village of Elm Grove, serving first as a Trustee (1976-1981) and later as President (1981-1987) of the Elm Grove Village Board. Farrow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1986. Three years later, she was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate from a district comprising most of Waukesha County. She was re-elected in 1990, 1994, and 1998.
In the late 1990s, Farrow was instrumental in creating WisconsinEye, a public affairs television network dedicated to bringing a significant new level of access and transparency to state proceedings.
Farrow was the first woman to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor. She spearheaded two statewide commissions to advance reforms that reduce the cost of government. Additionally, she served as Chair for the Wisconsin Women’s Council for several years and served as a member during her tenure as Lieutenant Governor.
In 2013, Farrow was appointed to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents where she served until 2017.
On March 8, 2022, Farrow passed away at 87 years old.
The Margaret Farrow Scholarship Fund was created by WisconsinEye and will be awarded annually to a graduating senior with high integrity interested in journalism, communication studies or related field who lives in Waukesha County. In addition to these preferred majors, others will be considered with a demonstrated link to public service, personally or professionally