Alderman Zielinski was first elected supervisor of Milwaukee County’s 12th District in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992, 1996, and 2000. He served as chair of the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee and as a member of the Personnel Committee.
Zielinski was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council as Alderman of the 14th District in April 2004, Zielinski won re-election in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He chairs the Licenses Committee, and is a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee and Steering and Rules Committee.
Alderman Zielinski attended St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, graduating in 1979 with the school’s student rank of Second Lieutenant. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School. He and his wife Annette, live in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
“This campaign is the tipping point for the future of Milwaukee," said Zielinski.
Alderman Zielinski will not be seeking reelection to his Aldermanic seat and has endorsed Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic for his seat.
Zielinski has been endorsed by the Milwaukee Police Union, the Latino Peace Officers Association, and the Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Association.
Milwaukee Alderman T. Anthony (Tony) Zielinski held a press conference on Wednesday, November 29th to announce his candidacy for mayor of Milwaukee in the spring election of 2020. The announcement was held in the union hall at the Milwaukee Police Association (MPA), 6310 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee.
"I am for a strong police presence. The mayor’s budget cut 33 police officers and 75 firefighter positions. That is unacceptable,” Zielinski said. “I am for improving police-community relations, and that’s why I am pushing the initiative of COP houses community-oriented policing. That has been proven in other communities such as Racine and Mount Pleasant to significantly reduce crime in those areas where it has been put in place.”
Tony Zielinski Announces Candidacy for Milwaukee Mayor