Representative Adam Jarchow was first elected to the State Assembly in 2014. Adam serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Tourism and also serves on the Financial Institutions, Energy & Utilities, Constitution and Law Revision Committees. In his first term, Adam was able to achieve some significant legislative victories including protecting hunting with the “Right to Act”, a number of Property Rights bills protecting private property and a new law to help grow an emerging industry known as Alpine Biking.
Adam believes actions speak louder than words, so at the beginning of his term, Adam began working a full shift one day a month at a local business. He calls these days “Working With You” days. They have helped Adam connect with people right in their jobs and businesses and have given Adam some great legislative ideas.
Adam was raised in rural Western Wisconsin and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1997. Adam often looks back on his childhood with great appreciation for having had the opportunity to be raised in the country. He was able to spend his summer days fishing and swimming with his friends and brothers in the trout stream near his home. When Adam was 12, he went on his first deer hunt and has been an avid hunter ever since. Adam especially enjoys bow-hunting and looks forward to the thrill he gets every time he sees a majestic whitetail from his stand.
A rural upbringing also allowed Adam the opportunity to work on neighboring farms. He helped pick rock, clean calf pens, milk cows, and mow hay. Adam fondly remembers the satisfaction he got from working on family farms. This has stayed with him and today he takes great satisfaction when his job as a small business attorney allows him to work with local farms to grow or transition to the next generation.
Since graduating from law school more than a decade ago, Adam has spent his career working with small businesses, farmers, community banks, and local communities. He takes great pride in helping small business owners negotiate deals that allow them to expand and grow good jobs right here in Western Wisconsin. It is this experience more than any other that first caused Adam to seek public office.
Adam believes in the “citizen legislator” model, so in that light he has kept his full-time job while serving in the State Assembly. Adam believes career politicians shoulder much of the blame for some of the problems we see in our Country. He has made it clear, that elected office is not a career for him. It’s about providing a public service for a short time and then allowing someone else to have the opportunity to serve.
Adam and his wife Barbara live outside of Balsam Lake where they are raising their twins Megan and Bo. They attend Hope Evangelical Free Church in Osceola. They enjoy canoeing on the Apple River, camping, boating, fishing and taking in the beauty of our state parks. Adam is also a member of the Apple River Fire Department, he is on the board of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation and United Way – Success by Six Board of Directors.