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Risser ending 64 years in Wisconsin Legislature PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Fred Risser Press   
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 11:01

fred-risser-senatorFred Risser, 93, is the longest serving state or national legislator in the country’s history, leaves office January 4.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:52
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Senator Agard Inaugurated PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 10:36

agard-swornSenator Agard Sworn-In, will be the next State Senator from the 16th Senate District beginning January 4th


MADISON - Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) was sworn in as the new State Senator for the 16th Senate District and officially has begun her legislative term. In a socially distant ceremony, Senator Agard was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofksy and signed her name as the 32nd female state senator in Wisconsin history.

Senator Agard released this statement on her inauguration:

melissa-sargent“It is my honor to be sworn in as the new state senator for the 16th Senate District. As a Madison native, I am thrilled to represent the community that I love, the city that I grew up in, and the greater community in which I am raising my family. As the voice within state government for nearly eight years, I take it as my solemn duty to serve my constituents. I am looking forward to continuing our work in the 2021-2022 session.

I am eager to begin my fifth term in state government in a new chamber. I am grateful for the lessons I learned during my time in the Assembly, as well as the relationships I have made with my Assembly colleagues. I look forward to continuing to advocate for the shared values of my district, as well as collaborating with newly elected and veteran legislators, in both the Senate and the Assembly, to work together to make Wisconsin a better place for everyone.

It’s clear that, even during times like this, Wisconsinites from across my district and across the state want to know that Wisconsin is a safe place for everyone to reach for their dreams; where we can invest in a better tomorrow; where future generations want to live, work, and raise a family; where we lift each other up and move forward; and where we plant seeds for tomorrow.

I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for my district and the state of Wisconsin. Let's get to work!”

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Melissa served on the Dane County Board and the Wisconsin State Assembly prior to being elected to represent the 16th Senate District. Concern for the greater community and a vision for a better Wisconsin brought her to public service and community activism. She is a proud mother of 4 boys, and lives on Madison’s northside.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2020 10:58
 
Special Election Called for the 13th Senate District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 24 December 2020 10:55

wi-senate-swearing-inMADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #100 calling a special election for the 13th Senate District, as State Senator Scott Fitzgerald was elected to the United States House of Representatives and intends to resign from the Legislature on Jan. 1, 2021. 

tony-eversGov. Evers ordered the special election to be held on April 6, 2021, coinciding with the statewide 2021 spring election. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Feb. 16, 2021.  

Circulation of nomination papers for candidates may begin today, Dec. 22, 2020, and must be filed by 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2021. 

Executive Order #100 is available here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2020 11:18
 
Passing of Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gordon Hintz Press, Rep. 54th Assembly District   
Monday, 21 December 2020 17:21

shirley_abrahamsonMADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the passing of Justice Abrahamson:

gordon-hintz“Wisconsin mourns the passing of Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Throughout her career Justice Abrahamson broke down barrier after barrier, leaving behind a legacy of progress. For all of her brilliance as a jurist, I was always struck by her accessibility as a person, and her advocacy on the importance of our judicial system.

“During her time as Chief Justice, our state was looked to as an example of good government and transparency. We can look to Justice Abrahamson’s example when working to restore the principles and dignity of the judiciary. Her legacy will not be forgotten.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:28
 
Gov. Evers Calls Special Election for 89th Assembly District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 18 December 2020 16:40

voting-dropboxVote to replace resigned State Representative John Nygren to be held on April 6, 2021.


MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #99 calling a special election for the 89th Assembly District.

john-nygrenThe 89th Assembly District seat is currently vacant due to the resignation of State Representative John Nygren from the Legislature. 

Gov. Evers ordered the special election to be held on April 6, 2021, coinciding with the statewide 2021 spring election. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Feb. 16, 2021.  

Circulation of nomination papers for candidates may begin today, Dec. 18, 2020, and must be filed by 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2021. 

Executive Order #99 is available here.

 
Senator-elect Agard Speaks out on Wisconsin Electoral Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 11:14

biden-harris-pusaSenator Elect proud and happy that Wisconsin has unanimously cast its electoral votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


MADISON - On Monday, Wisconsin unanimously cast its 10 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Senator-elect Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement:

“I am proud that the state of Wisconsin has cast its electoral votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. These 10 Electoral College votes represent the votes of millions of Wisconsinites who cast their ballot for a return to kindness and normalcy. Under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the United States will prioritize the issues that matter to the everyday lives of Americans like access to health care, addressing racial disparities, and helping workers recover from the devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. I am proud of Wisconsin for helping elect our next President and Vice President. Furthermore, it should not go unnoticed that Wisconsin just cast its votes for the first ever female Vice President of the United States in our country’s 243 year history.”

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Melissa served on the Dane County Board and the Wisconsin State Assembly prior to being elected to represent the 16th Senate District. Concern for the greater community and a vision for a better Wisconsin brought her to public service and community activism. She is a proud mother of 4 boys, and lives on Madison’s northside.

 
Importance of Protecting Badger State Voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Courtney Beyer   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:15

trump-mike-pence-nbcnewsJustice Geske: "Let's not mince words: President Trump's actions are a dangerous attempt to subvert the rule of law, and his lawsuits ask courts to step in and defy the will of voters."


MADISON - Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske -- appointed to the bench by former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson -- outlined in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed the importance of the Court to protect the voices of Wisconsin voters.

Geske called President Trump’s lawsuits to overturn the election “a dangerous attempt to subvert the law” and disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters in just two counties. Read more below: 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Opinion: Wisconsin Supreme Court should protect the voices of Badger state voters

The people of Wisconsin — and America — spoke on Nov. 3 and elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. His win was clear and decisive. In fact, President-elect Biden will be the first in American history to garner more than 80 million votes — he won 306 electoral votes compared with 232 for President Donald Trump.

Biden prevailed by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin. But shortly after Election Day, President Trump requested a recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, while previewing baseless attacks against our state’s election system with the apparent goal of turning to the courts to overturn the results.

This is the same strategy we have seen the Trump campaign employ throughout the country, waging frivolous lawsuits in numerous states, asking the courts to disenfranchise millions of voters, and shredding our foundational norms in the process.

Let’s not mince words: President Trump’s actions are a dangerous attempt to subvert the rule of law, and his lawsuits ask courts to step in and defy the will of voters. There is not a single court in the country that has found his campaign’s claims to be credible and with good reason: There has been no evidence presented to support them and no colorable argument made to support the attacks.

I don’t look at this issue from a Republican or Democratic perspective. I was appointed by Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and didn’t speak out publicly about a partisan candidate until this year. For me, this is about the law, our Constitution, and protecting the will of Wisconsin voters.

The issue before us is clear — the Trump campaign’s challenges have no grounding in the facts, law or reality. President Trump is seeking to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters in just two counties, Milwaukee and Dane. These voters — our grandparents, teachers, doctors, many people of color — did nothing wrong. They followed the rules. They voted the same way as voters in La Crosse, Superior, Green Bay, and other communities across the state.

I know the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and I am confident the justices will have the integrity to see these baseless claims for what they are — an effort to change the rules of the election after it has been held because of one candidate’s disappointment with the result. That’s not how our democracy works, and the court knows that and will act accordingly to protect the sanctity of our elections and the rights of our citizens.

Justice Janine Geske previously served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and was appointed by Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson before winning a statewide election.

 
Hintz Appoints Goyke, Neubauer to Joint Committee on Finance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly, Aaron Collins   
Friday, 20 November 2020 11:00

jfcphotoThe JFC is the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues


MADISON – Today, Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) announced that he will be appointing Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) to the Legislature’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) for the 2021-22 legislative session.

gordon_hintz-informal“Representative Goyke and Representative Neubauer understand the values and priorities important to people across Wisconsin. I am confident in their ability to help our state navigate these challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rep. Hintz stated. “As members of the Joint Committee on Finance they will also champion the long-term investments in public schools, transportation infrastructure, and health care our state needs.”

“Representative Goyke’s experience on this committee will help provide strong leadership as we move into the process of debating Governor Evers’ proposed state budget. I value Rep. Goyke’s legal background and ability to take complex subject areas and break them down for the committee and the people of Wisconsin. I am always impressed by his methodical work.

I am also honored to appoint my colleague Representative Greta Neubauer. Greta is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has been impressive since the first day she came to the Capitol. I know she will bring a new and unique perspective to the committee. Both members will play a key role in helping to shape a budget that helps the people of our state.”

The JFC is the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues, including a comprehensive review of the Governor’s biennial budget recommendations.  The committee has 16 members, comprised of 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Representative Goyke and Representative Neubauer welcomed their appointments, and are looking forward to the process of beginning work on the biennial budget.

evangoyke“I am honored to continue serving on the Joint Committee on Finance as the ranking Democratic member. Serving on Finance is a special responsibility and I look forward to working on the budget, especially during these challenging times,” Rep. Goyke stated. “As we determine our priorities moving forward, I will utilize my own experience and expertise to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard when making important policy decisions.”

greta-neubauer“I am honored and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance in the coming legislative session,” Neubauer said. “We are at a critical point in our state’s history, and the upcoming budget will be the most important in over a decade as we respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank Democratic Leader Hintz for his confidence in me, and I look forward to stepping up to meet these challenges and serving my constituents and the people of Wisconsin in this additional capacity. Let’s get to work on a budget that works for everyone in Wisconsin.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2020 11:13
 
Angela Cunningham Announces Campaign For Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Cunningham Communications, Chelsea Cross   
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:24

judgeExperienced litigator and mom seeks to become first Black judge ever elected in Kenosha County.


KENOSHA - Angela Cunningham, community leader, single mom, and experienced litigator, announced last week she would be a candidate for Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge in Branch 6 in the spring 2021 election. Cunningham currently works as a defense attorney and guardian ad litem, previously was a public interest attorney, prosecutor, represented victims of domestic violence in family law action at Legal Action of Wisconsin, and spent many years working in the Kenosha community.

angela-cunningham"I am excited to use my experiences working with victims and keeping the community safe and working with defendants and understanding their unique stories and situations to bring compassion, toughness, and fairness to the bench. I look forward to earning the support of voters in the coming months," said Cunningham. "I grew up in Kenosha, so I know the challenges our community faces. As a single mom, I know what it's like to struggle financially and juggle multiple responsibilities. That never stopped me from trying to make a better life for myself and the people of Kenosha. These experiences will make me an empathetic judge."

Cunningham attended Wilmot Union High School, earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree from UW-Madison and her law degree from Northwestern University Law School. She worked for United Way and Legal Action. She serves on the board for Catholic Charities and previously served on various boards, including the HOPE Council and Kenosha Community Health Center. Cunningham also served on multiple committees, including the NAACP and Mental Health/AODA Services Committee of the Kenosha County Human Services Board.

"I know from personal experience the difficulty of raising a family on one income," said Cunningham. "We have had our challenges, but we've overcome them, and I've helped other families with their challenges. I'll bring that understanding to the Kenosha bench."

After receiving her Master's degree, Angela assisted the Kenosha County Department of Human Services with earning a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, researched juvenile arrests in Kenosha County, and evaluated mental illness in the Kenosha and Racine County jails. She then worked for the ECLA Urban Outreach center and provided outreach services, adult education, and youth programs. For many years, Angela served her community, worked for the Milwaukee justice center and became a well-known, respected litigator.

Angela continues to live in Kenosha and, if elected, would make history as the first Black judge to ever be elected in Kenosha County. The election for Branch 6 will be held on April 6, 2021, with a primary election on February 16, if necessary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:08
 
Hintz Re-Elected to Lead Assembly Democrats PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats   
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 11:37

assembly-wiMADISON – Tuesday, members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus held leadership elections for the 2021-2022 legislative session. Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement following his re-election as Assembly Democratic Leader:

gordon_hintz“I am honored to be re-elected as Assembly Democratic Leader. This is an exciting time for our caucus. In addition to gaining two new seats, we have several other new members that bring with them the infusion of idealism, and determination to change the direction of our state. We have more voices at the table, and more diversity than ever before. I am humbled to continue working with our returning members, and thrilled to welcome our new members.

“Our state is facing major issues in this upcoming session. First and foremost, Wisconsin is a hotspot in the global COVID-19 pandemic. We must do all we can as a state to slow the spread of the virus and help our economy recover. I am confident that our caucus will offer up innovative legislative solutions to address this crisis.

“In addition to addressing COVID-19, redistricting is set to determine the future of legislative districts for the next decade. We will need all hands on deck in order to fight for fair maps and fair representation for the people of Wisconsin. Our increased numbers and dynamic caucus will help us push back on Republican efforts to gerrymander our state to their political advantage again.

“The time between an election and inauguration is always the most optimistic time of any legislative session. I am humbled by the support of my colleagues for entrusting me to leader our Democratic caucus, and I am ready to get to work. Together, with our shared experiences and shared values, we can start to build a brighter future for Wisconsin.”

In addition to electing Rep. Hintz as Assembly Democratic Leader, the following representatives were elected to Democratic leadership posts: Assistant Leader Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), Caucus Vice-Chair Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Secretary Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield), and Sergeant at Arms Rep. Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee).

 
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