The event will take place from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee at 137 E. Wells St.
Hovde’s appearance will be the fifth in the series of Newsmaker Luncheons featuring the Wisconsin candidates for U.S. Senate. The series kicked off January 23 with Republican Tommy Thompson.
Hovde was born and raised in Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Hovde currently serves as chief executive officer and board member for Hovde Properties LLC, which purchases, develops and manages real estate in Wisconsin. Founded by Eric’s grandfather “Inky” in 1933 as I. Hovde Realty Co., Hovde Properties was later led by Hovde’s father, Don, a prominent real estate developer who served as undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Reagan Administration.
In addition, Hovde is a significant shareholder and board member of ePlus Inc., a value-added reseller of technology products.
Hovde, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, former Congressman Mark Neumann and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald are competing in the Republican primary, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the lone Democrat in the race.
Hovde will be interviewed by a panel of professional journalists. The discussion will be moderated by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler.
The Milwaukee Press Club presents the Newsmaker Luncheons to shed light on issues of the day. The public is invited to attend the luncheons. The cost to attend is $15 for MPC members, $20 for non-members, $10 for students. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited. Pre-registration and advance payment is required and may be done online at www.milwaukeepressclub.org.