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the hon. john g. gard and cate s. zeuske

Gard Zueske

John Gard and Cate Zeuske, both as a couple and individually, have been unwavering in their support of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, recognizing that “so much in life is about communicating with people, understanding what needs to be done and assuming the responsibility for doing it.”

As public servants, they have done just that. “We have been in places of responsibility and tried to embrace those moments to do the things we deeply believe in,” say John and Cate. “One of those things is the Marquette School of Dentistry.”

Both John and Cate have served the State of Wisconsin as well as Marquette. Cate’s political involvement began in 1982 when she was first elected to the State Assembly. She served until 1990, after which she was state treasurer four years. Cate also served as Secretary of the Department of Revenue for Governor Tommy G. Thompson. John has been Wisconsin State Representative for the 89th Assembly District since 1987 and was elected as Speaker of the State Assembly in 2003.


At a critical juncture, Cate played a significant role for the dental school. While state treasurer in the early 1990s, she chaired the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, on which she strongly supported actions that ensured the future of the school.


John’s role on the Joint Committee of Finance helped secure the votes needed to provide $15 million for the creation of the new School of Dentistry. His work in the legislature was also decisive in increasing eligibility and restoring partial funding for the Dental Capitation Contract. In December 2006, the state directed $1 million for relocating clinics in Milwaukee, again with John’s strong support.


As demonstrated throughout their careers in state government, John and Cate “firmly believe nothing gets done alone, and talented groups of dedicated people sharing a common vision can accomplish special things.” Although neither attended Marquette, their daughter Elisabeth is currently a freshman at the university, and is thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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