Alderman Bauman was first elected in April 2004 after a 27-year career as an attorney and businessman. A native of Chicago, Alderman Bauman received his B.A., cum laude, from Marquette University in 1974 and his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1977.
After working five years with a major Milwaukee law firm, Alderman Bauman formed a start-up company on Milwaukee’s north side that rebuilt and remanufactured railroad passenger cars and transit equipment. After the sale of that company, he worked as a consultant to the transportation industry.
In 1990 Alderman Bauman returned to the practice of law in downtown Milwaukee specializing in commercial litigation, criminal defense, employment law and real estate. Throughout his professional career, Alderman Bauman has been an advocate for improved and expanded public transportation and improved land use planning in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. He served as chair of the Southeast Wisconsin New Transportation Alliance; served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the East-West Corridor Study and on the Advisory Committee of the Downtown Transit Connector Study; and served as a commissioner on the Milwaukee Transportation Commission.
As a member of the Common Council, Alderman Bauman has served in several leadership roles. In addition to serving as chair of the council’s Public Works Committee since 2004, Alderman Bauman is chair of the Third Ward Architectural Review Board, chair of the Public Transportation Review Board, chair of the Capital Improvements Committee, and co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on the Redevelopment of Abandoned and Foreclosed Homes. In addition, Alderman Bauman is vice chair of the Joint Committee on Downtown Streetcar Implementation, is a member of the council’s Steering and Rules Committee, Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee, and Judiciary & Legislation Committee. Alderman Bauman is also a member of the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Alderman Bauman also serves on the Wisconsin Center District Board.
Alderman Bauman has played various leadership roles with the National League of Cities. He is currently a member of the League’s national board of directors and is the chair of the League’s Transportation Infrastructure Services Committee.
Alderman Bauman is also a longtime historic preservation advocate. Since 1997, he has resided in an 1888 Victorian home in the Historic Concordia Neighborhood on Milwaukee’s west side and is a member of the board of directors of Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc.
Awards and Community Recognition
“Outstanding Public Service Award”; Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association; May, 2012
“Downtown Achievement Award”; BID 21/Downtown Management District, March 2008
“Gertie Award”; Milwaukee Riverwalk District; February, 2009
“31St Annual Preservation Award”; Historic Milwaukee, Inc.; May, 2012
“Certificate of Community Support”; Wisconsin African American Women’s Ltd., October, 2008
“To Do What is Just Award”, MICAH, May, 2009.
“Honorary Recognition” Midwest High Speed Rail Association, 2008
“Certificate of Appreciation” Repairers of the Breach, January, 2005
“Historic Iron Block Building Recognition” Dental Associates, 2013
“Excellence in Community Service Award” Career Youth Development, 2009