December 16, 2022



Eau Claire City Council Member Emily Berge Endorses Deb McGrath for Congress in WI-03 Primary


Menomonie, WI—Today, Eau Claire City Council Member Emily Berge announced her endorsement of Deb McGrath for Wisconsin's third Congressional district. Berge has served for four years on the Eau Claire City Council and is a mental health counselor. The endorsement comes after the endorsement of former Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Dana Wachs and the news that Deb raised $100,000 in her first day in the race.


"With over two decades as an Army, Foreign Service, and CIA officer, Deb has the strength we need to be our next Congresswoman,” said Eau Claire City Council Member Emily Berge. “She understands how critical it is to build out broadband infrastructure, make health care affordable – including mental healthcare – and help our farmers and small businesses.”


“I am proud to receive Emily Berge’s endorsement. Emily is a leader in our community who understands the importance of health care, business opportunity and internet access,” said Deb McGrath. “I look forward to joining Emily in Eau Claire to hear about community concerns, and getting out across the district to listen to voters.” 




About Deb McGrath


Born and raised in western Wisconsin, Deb McGrath is a former Army Captain, CIA officer, and working mother of three children. She and her husband, Colonel Kevin McGrath (U.S. Army, Retired), raised their three children with an emphasis on public and community service. Deb’s father is the late Democratic Congressman Al Baldus and her mother, Lolly, served in education for over 20 years. Both of her parents came from farm families. Deb grew up listening to the concerns of those in her community.


Deb McGrath served 25 years in national security positions requiring non-partisan strategies for mission accomplishment. McGrath will fight for issues that keep America strong: affordable and accessible healthcare, economic opportunity, smart infrastructure investments, strong voting rights, and respect for human dignity. She will advocate to bring broadband to all communities in Wisconsin, as this is critical for the economic success of families, small businesses, and farms. Deb is a rational thinker who will tackle these issues with common sense and collaboration. 


While in the U.S. Army, Deb McGrath served on the demilitarized zone in Korea and at several U.S. military bases. In the CIA, her assignments included Southeast and South Asia, West Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Central Europe, including two combat zones. She was awarded parachutist wings, the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, and the CIA Career Medal, among several other awards. 


WI-03 is a competitive seat that may determine the partisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022. The current Congressman, Democrat Ron Kind, won the district by 4 points in 2020.