Willie HinesIn April of 2004, Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr. was elected by his fellow Common Council members as their president. He thus became the 48th council president in the history of the City of Milwaukee.

Alderman Hines is the son of a minister and a lifelong resident of the area he represents. Prior to his election, he worked as an economic development specialist at the Milwaukee Urban League. Before working at the League, he served as business liaison representative for former U.S. Representative James Moody (D-Wisconsin).

Alderman Hines also has worked in the private sector for both Pepsi Cola and Ford Motor Credit.

He graduated from Marquette University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Alderman Hines was selected by the Business Journal in 1999 as one of Milwaukee’s “40 under 40” (young individuals who are leaders in business, education, government and entertainment). When elected in 1996, he was one of the first African Americans ever to defeat a sitting Common Council member.

While serving on the Council, Alderman Hines has worked hard to respond to constituents’ concerns. In the area of public safety, Alderman Hines has worked to increase police presence, both vehicular and foot patrol, while simultaneously working with residents and police professionals to reduce crime. The Alderman has also worked to locate a new $40 million 3rd District Police Station and citywide communications center to the district. Moreover, Alderman Hines has worked to secure investments of more than $30 million to improve the existing housing stock and to bring new housing developments to the district. While in office Alderman Hines has been directly involved in bringing developments worth more than $300 million to the city.

The Public Policy Forum has honored Alderman Hines with its Charles McNeer Civic Leadership Award. He also has received the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee’s Irvin Fair Award, recognition as Boys & Girls Club’s “Alum of the Year.”

He and his wife, Attorney Janel Hines, have a daughter and a son.