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Martin James Schreiber

Gov. Martin James Schreiber

  • July 7, 1977 - January 1, 1979
  • Democratic
  • April 8, 1939
  • Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Valparaiso University, Marquette University School of Law
  • Married Elaine Thaney; four children
  • Succeeded


MARTIN JAMES SCHREIBER was born April 8, 1939, in Milwaukee. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Valparaiso University and he received a law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1964. Schreiber served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1962 to 1970. Elected at the age of 23, Schreiber was the youngest senator in Wisconsin history. While there, he was Democratic caucus chair for the 1967 and 1969 sessions. In 1970 he was elected lieutenant governor and he was reelected in 1974. As lieutenant governor, Schreiber was particularly concerned about conditions in nursing homes. In 1977, he became governor to complete the term of Governor Lucey when the latter was appointed ambassador to Mexico. Acting Governor Schreiber was well known for his rapport with children. After completing Governor Lucey’s term, Schreiber opened a private law practice and government relations firm.


Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1978.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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