A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ron Kind was born and raised in western Wisconsin. He is the third of five children born to Greta and Elroy Kind. Elroy retired after a 35-year career as a telephone repairman and union leader at the La Crosse Telephone Company. Greta retired after serving as the Assistant Director of Personnel in the La Crosse School District. Ron attended public schools in La Crosse and graduated from La Crosse Logan in 1981.
After graduating from Logan, Ron accepted an academic scholarship to Harvard University, where he played quarterback and graduated with honors in 1985. During the summers while he was attending college, he worked for former Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire in Washington. There he helped investigate wasteful spending of taxpayer money, which provided the basis for some of the Senator’s famous “Golden Fleece” awards. After Harvard, Ron went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.
After practicing law for two years at the law firm of Quarles and Brady in Milwaukee, Ron returned home to La Crosse to take a spot in the La Crosse County prosecutor’s office as a Special Prosecutor throughout western Wisconsin. There Ron earned a reputation for his tough and effective prosecution in cases involving adult and child sexual assaults, child abuse, domestic abuse, and white-collar crime.
Since being elected to Congress, Ron has fought to honor our veterans, increase access to quality affordable health care, fund our education system, create good paying jobs, protect Social Security and Medicaid, invest in our infrastructure, support our farmers, and protect Wisconsin’s natural resources. He has also worked hard to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, DC. These efforts have made him one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress.
Ron and his wife Tawni continue to live in La Crosse with their two sons, Johnny and Matthew. He is an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast, hunter, and fisherman. He enjoys hiking, camping, and spending every chance he gets to be on the Mississippi River with Tawni, Matthew, and Johnny. Ron hopes to pass on his love and appreciation for the great outdoors to his sons.