Ed Brooks

After 18 years as chairman of the board of Foremost Farms and its predecessor, Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative, Brooks took his career in a new direction last year. In November he won a seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly and now represents the 50th district, encompassing his hometown of Reedsburg. But Brooks is no stranger to building legislative alliances. As chairman of the board of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, he worked to pass a new state statute for cooperatives and played a significant role in forming the Farmers’ Health Cooperative of Wisconsin. Last year the WFC gave Brooks its highest honor, recognizing his lifetime achievements building and supporting dairy cooperatives.