Paul R. Soglin
Madison's 51st and 54th Mayor 1973-1979, 1989-1997
City Councilman of "Miffland" area during Vietnam War era.
Paul Soglin's Life
1945: Born in Chicago
1962: Enrolls at UW-Madison as pre-med student. (switches his major to history in 1965)
1963 - early '70s: Involved in political activism and antiwar protests.
1966: Graduates from UW-Madison, BA with honors.
1966 - 69: Post graduate work at UW-Madison in history.
1967: Helps organize the student protest against Dow Chemical Co. at UW Commerce building; Credits the protest and ensuing riot with propelling him into politics.
1968: Elected to first term, Madison City Council, 8th Aldermanic District, only student alderman.
1969: Marries Diane Thaler.
1970: Re-elected to City Council.
1971: Loses mayoral primary.
1972: Earns law degree at UW-Madison, Re-elected to City Council.
1973: Defeats Dyke at age 27 to become Madison's youngest-ever mayor.
1974: Soglin orchestrates city's purchase of Capitol Theatre for creation of Madison Civic Center.
1975: Re-elected over challenger Henry Reynolds.
1977: Re-elected over challenger Nino Amato.
1979: Announces he will not seek re-election, Divorces Diane Thaler.
1980: The Madison Civic Center opens.
1981: State Street pedestrian mall opens.
1982: Marries Sara Ann Falconer.
1982: to 1984: Partner in Schultz & Soglin law firm.
1984: Daughter Rachel is born.
1984 - 1986: Partner in Heibl, Heibl, Crisafi & Soglin law firm.
1986 - 1989: Partner in McBurney, Wyngaard, Wilson, Raymond & Soglin law firm.
1987: Daughter Alexandra is born.
1989: Daughter Natasha is born.
1989: Soglin defeats incumbent Joe Sensenbrenner and challenger Gene Parks to win. Fourth term as mayor. (first four-year term)
1990: Soglin appoints a commission to study building a convention center based on Frank Lloyd Wright design.
1991: Defeats Rich Bogovich to win first four-year term.
1995: Defeats Todd Hunter to win sixth term as mayor.
1996: Loses race for Congress to incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Klug, R-Madison.
1996: Announces he will step down as mayor in time for an April 1997election.
1997: Leaves office, joins Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opens.
1997: Investment adviser representative, Lincoln Financial Advisors.
1997: Instructor, Robert M. La Follette School Of Public Affairs in Public Finance, Public Management, Advanced Public Management, and Personnel Practices
2002: Soglin announces he will run for mayor in 2003.
2003: Defeated in Mayoral Run by Dave Cieslewicz
2011: Defeats Dave Cieslewicz to become Madison Mayor for the third time