Growing up in a hard working, middle class Catholic family here in Wisconsin, Patrick Testin learned early on that the key to success is hard work and compassion for others. That’s the same approach he’s taking to this campaign and that’s the kind of leadership he’ll provide in the State Senate if the voters give him the honor of electing him to serve.
A Wisconsin Work Ethic
Born in Madison and raised in Marinette by middle class parents, Patrick found his first job before he could drive, busing tables at a family restaurant for minimum wage. He kept that job through high school, earning more responsibilities and experience.
Following graduation, Patrick made Stevens Point home, when he enrolled at UWSP. Despite the busy schedule he kept while on campus, Patrick would spend each of his summer, winter and spring breaks back in Marinette working countless hours around the clock to help fund his education. Following family tradition, he took a job at Silvan Industries, a carbon steel and industrial grade stainless steel pressure vessel fabricator, the same factory his grandfather retired from. There he worked as a tank cleaner working overnight on the weekend shift chipping slag off of welds and cleaning tank interiors – by no means a glamourous job – and volunteer coaching for the Crivitz football team during the week. He also worked for Aacer Flooring LLC, a hardwood flooring manufacturer, stacking lumber and prepping it for the kilns, the first stage in the finishing process. Patrick even spent a summer working two jobs – groundskeeper and maintenance man for the School District of Marinette by day and package handler loading trucks for UPS by night.
When back at school, Patrick found time during his busy course load to lead and participate in a number of student organizations, including Student Government, a role that earned him awards for leadership. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
Patrick is currently a member of the Stevens Point Elks Lodge 641 and Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County, a young professionals branch of the United Way. He has held management and leadership roles in politics for national and local office, including his own run for the 71st State Assembly District. Since 2013, he has been the Chairman of the Republican Party of Portage County.
Meanwhile, Patrick has built a successful career in sales and understands the overwhelming demands on businesses of all sizes. Today he is a sales representative for a local wine distributor – but don’t hold that against him. He still enjoys a cold beer from one of the many microbreweries in the 24th District. As a sales professional, Patrick works closely with small business owners all too familiar with complicated bureaucracy and regulations.
Hardworking Family Man
In April 2015, Patrick got engaged to the love of his life, Hannah Henderson. The two met in 2011 while working on state senate campaigns and have been together ever since. Hannah works as the Director of Advancement for Pacelli Catholic Schools in Stevens Point. An August 2017 wedding is planned in Southeastern Wisconsin, not far from Hannah’s hometown.
Patrick and Hannah adopted a rescue puppy, Reilly, from an animal shelter, and are grateful for the joy her kisses and love bring to their lives. They enjoy taking her to the dog park and on walks, especially on the Green Circle Trail running through Portage County. Patrick, Hannah, and Reilly also enjoy summer life at the Testin family cottage. Patrick takes pride in his strength training, and is a member of Adventure 212 Fitness Center where he can be seen almost every day of the week. He is an avid hunter, history buff, and big Wisconsin Badger football fan. An avowed news junkie, Patrick enjoys reading local and national news, listening to talk radio, and even watching Wisconsin legislative floor debates on Wisconsin Eye, always wanting to be well informed of current issues facing our state and nation.
In November 2016, Patrick was elected to represent the 24th Senate District.
Patrick understands that in order to keep Wisconsin moving forward we need to make sure we keep taxes low and ensure government doesn’t spend more than it takes in. As your Senator, Patrick will listen to all the people of the 24th, and go to work for you in Madison, never running away from a challenge or tough vote. He will be a Senator you can count on to put the needs of the district first and continue to make sure Wisconsin is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.