Paul Soglin

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About Paul Soglin

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Paul Soglin (born April 22, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. Soglin was raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He graduated from Highland Park High School and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1966 and, in 1972, a law degree from the university's law school. While a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison History Department, Soglin was first elected to Madison's Common Council in 1968. He was re-elected in 1970, and 1972. The following year, he ran for mayor of Madison and was elected. In May 1969, Soglin, while representing the Eighth Ward, was twice arrested at the first infamous Mifflin Street Block Party. Soglin was tried and found guilty of "Failing to Obey the Lawful Order of a Police Officer." The charge from the second day, "Unlawful Assembly," was thrown out by a federal court. The following fall he enrolled in law school. He served as mayor of Madison for three terms from 1973 to 1979. In 1979 he became a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. After serving for nearly a decade as a lawyer in Madison, Soglin returned to office in 1989, serving

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