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Larson Honored to Serve Milwaukee Area, 7th Senate District PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:36

wisc-capitol-domeMILWAUKEE - Senator Chris Larson released this statement regarding his inauguration Monday for a third term in the Wisconsin State Senate.

chris_larson“I want to thank my neighbors in the 7th Senate District for once again entrusting me with the great honor and privilege of giving voice to our values in the Wisconsin State Senate. I look forward to continuing to work on policies that reflect their priorities for our great state.

“In the next four years, I believe that we can finally see movement on issues that were long stalled during Wisconsin’s time of one party rule. We must again prioritize the teaching of our children in Wisconsin and rebalance the education funding formula so that we are not picking winners and losers based on where children happen to live. Every child deserves early access to education. We need to commit ourselves to full-day 4K so our Wisconsin kids have the educational opportunities that bring a lifetime of success.

“This session, we must finally tackle the problem of drunk driving. I will be pushing very hard for common sense solutions to this problem and I call on my Republican colleagues to come to the table, work with Democrats on this issue, and pass comprehensive legislation that Governor Evers can sign this session. We can make sure that everyone convicted of an OWI install an interlock device in their vehicles. There must be a real and immediate consequence for all drunk drivers. Simply doing that can go a long way to changing Wisconsin’s culture of drinking and driving and making our roadways safe.

“We will renew Wisconsin’s commitment to good government that has been greatly diminished in recent years. In order for our government to function properly it must do so in an open and honest fashion. Our constituents have a right to know who is influencing their elected officials. That is why we must also prioritize laws that make it easier to hold elected officials accountable and make it harder for special interests to buy and bully politicians. Members of the legislature should no longer be able to simply delete any public record they want at any time they want. Additionally, we must limit the amount of money political action committees and individuals can give to candidates for office. I know, that if we work together, we can limit the corrupting influence money has on our democracy and make our government more accessible to those who have been shut out of the process.

“It is a new era for Wisconsin politics and I am thankful and grateful to be a part of building a better future for all of us. Thank you again to my neighbors in our shared community for this great honor.”

 
Senator Jeff Smith’s Swearing-in PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Beau Stafford   
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:26

wi-senate-swearing-inMADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) was sworn into office Monday as the 31st District Senator during the opening session of the 104th Wisconsin State Legislature.

jeff-smithSenator Smith offered the following statement:

“I feel humbled and honored to represent our Western Wisconsin values in the State Senate. There is much work to be done, but together, we can make our state a great place to live, work and raise a family.

“I look forward to reaching out to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to restore civility. I’m confident we can work together to find commonsense solutions for educating our children, fixing our roads and protecting our environment.”

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The 31st Senate District includes all of Buffalo and Pepin counties and portions of Trempealeau, Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa and Jackson counties.

 
Shilling Welcomes Governor Evers PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Monday, 07 January 2019 17:42

tony-eversMADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Tony Evers was sworn in today as the 46th Governor of the State of Wisconsin:

jennifer-shilling“I am thrilled to welcome Governor Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes as we usher in a new era in Wisconsin history. Today marks a fresh start to move past political battles and build a new path forward that focuses on improving health care, strengthening schools, and fixing roads. Gov. Evers has built a team from across the state that brings diverse experience and knowledge to the table and I know they are ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

 
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