Terri McCormick is a former Wisconsin State Representative who represented the 56th district in the northeastern part of the state from 2000 until 2007. She unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in Wisconsin's 8th congressional District in 2006, losing to John Gard. McCormick again failed to secure the Republican nomination in 2010, garnering 18% of the vote and losing to both Roger Roth (32%) and the primary winner, Reid Ribble (48%). Since then she has become an author, political commentator, and public relations consultant.
McCormick began college at the two-year University of Wisconsin–Fond du Lac (UW–Fond du Lac), then attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science. She obtained a master’s degree in administrative leadership. McCormick was the commencement speaker for UW–Fond du Lac's 2006 graduation ceremony.
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McCormick founded Education Services, Inc. in 1992, Educational Consultants, Ltd. in 1996, and Solutions Institute in 1998. Education Services was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association. She is the president of McCormick Dawson Consulting and Publishing Group based in Appleton, and is the major contributor to The McCormick Standard blog.
McCormick was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000. She served three terms, during which she authored acts on small business regulation reform in 2005, competitive prescription drug purchasing pool in 2002, and expanding charter schools in Wisconsin. She chaired the Committee on Economic Development and was Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Her legislation won the Guardian of Small Business Award the Scales of Justice Award, and the Eisenberg Award.