Andrea grew up in a typical Upper Midwestern household, where her Democrat mom and Republican dad would hash things out together at the kitchen table, while always encouraging their girls to chime in on tough topics.
With three daughters, the Gage house was always full of the kind of loving and challenging conversations that raise strong women. Andrea knew from an early age that her life would be about helping people.
Off to College and On Air
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University, she moved to Eau Claire to join her family, where her parents were working and her two younger sisters were attending Memorial High School and UWEC.
It was in Eau Claire where she got her professional start in television news, working in production at WKOW before taking a producer/reporter job at WEAU. She then worked at TV stations in Greenville, South Carolina, and Columbus, Georgia.
Her efforts in the Senate and for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) led her to working for the State Bar of Wisconsin, where she helped the public affairs and government relations teams garner support for legislation that advanced the practice of law and access to justice for all Wisconsinites.
Working for Change
Coming home to Wisconsin, Andrea worked in one last reporting role in Madison before shifting gears into advocacy. She worked in statewide media relations for Planned Parenthood, serving patients and expanding access to health care while getting the opportunity to explore every corner of Wisconsin. From there, she served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Capitol for Senator Jim Sullivan and opened a Madison-based office for the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, where she served as a regional director. Her efforts in the Senate and for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) led her to working for the State Bar of Wisconsin, where she helped the public affairs and government relations teams garner support for legislation that advanced the practice of law and access to justice for all Wisconsinites.
During her advocacy career, Andrea attended Marquette Law School part-time, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2011. She stayed on to earn her Masters in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University in 2013, where she graduated at the top of her class.
Wanting to dedicate her life to helping the most vulnerable, she started her litigation career by representing victims of elder abuse in rural Northeast Wisconsin, doing house calls in Brown, Calumet, Door, Manitowoc and Outagamie Counties. She now has her own practice serving seniors statewide, with a special emphasis on serving elders in rural areas.