Howard Marklein was raised on a dairy farm in Wilson Creek in rural Spring Green. He is the oldest of five children. Howard attended St. Luke's and St. John's Grade Schools. Howard graduated from River Valley High School in Spring Green in 1972. He was a National Honor Society member, graduated in the top ten percent of his class, and was a three-sport athlete.
Howard graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1976 with a BBA in accounting. He worked various jobs through college to pay for his education and keep his student loans to a minimum. Howard worked for Virchow Krause during his junior and senior years in college.
After graduation from college, Howard worked for First Wisconsin National Bank of Milwaukee(now US Bank). In 1978, he was recruited by Virchow Krause and began his public accounting career in the Dodgeville office. He purchased his first house in Dodgeville at age 23. After passing the CPA exam and completing the experience requirement, Howard obtained his CPA certificate in 1979. In 1987, Howard received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from UW-Whitewater.
Howard accepted a promotion and transfer to the Whitewater and Fort Atkinson offices of Virchow Krause in 1980. He was promoted to partner in the firm in 1984. In recent years, his practice has been focused on the forensic accounting area and white collar crime investigations, and Howard enjoys lecturing frequently at colleges on forensic accounting. He is also credentialed as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Howard is married to Peggy, a registered nurse. Howard is the father of Nicole and William, and three stepchildren. Howard has three grandchildren.
In addition to Howard's leadership position at Virchow Krause(now Baker Tilly), he has significant experience in leading a number of civic and community organizations. Howard was President of the UW-Whitewater National Alumni Association, and was elected President of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board of Directors. He served as President of both the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce.
Howard was President of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club. He was the inaugural chair of the Whitewater Relay for Life. For eighteen years Howard served as Chair of the Finance Committee of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Whitewater. He also was President of the Church's Endowment Fund Board of Directors.
Many of the values that I have today were learned on the family farm in Spring Green. I learned the value of hard work. I understand that an individual can compensate for a lack of certain skills by exerting extra effort.
I also learned on the farm that neighbors help neighbors in need. We helped each other not because of a government program, but because it was the right thing to do.
I believe that informed citizens tend to make wise decisions. Some of the best resource allocation decisions are being made at kitchen tables by families every day.
I treasure the quality of the education that I received, and am grateful for the opportunities that my education presented to me. If our students leave our schools without the necessary skills to compete, our society will pay the price for the rest of their lives.
I believe the family is most important unit in our society today. Our society's success, or failure, can be attributed, in large part, by the strength of our families. Our public policy should support the family.
I am the Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. I am Vice-Chair of the Joint Audit Committee. My skills as a CPA have served me well in leadership positions on these committees. Additionally, I serve on the Assembly Education Committee, Agriculture Committee, Financial Institutions Committee and Rural Affairs Committee.