Wisconsin legislators have held their caucus leadership elections for the 2017-18 legislative session. In the Senate, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau) was again selected to be Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D – La Crosse) was re-elected as Senate Minority Leader, even with the ongoing recount in her Senate district.
In the Assembly, Rep. Robin Vos (R – Rochester) will be re-elected Assembly Speaker. Rep. Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna) prevailed over challenger Rep. Kevin Petersen (R – Waupaca) to remain as Assembly Majority Leader. In the Democratic Assembly caucus, Rep. Peter Barca (D – Kenosha) ran unopposed and was re-elected as Assembly Minority Leader for the fourth straight legislative session.
Also in the Senate, Sen. Roger Roth (R – Appleton) was elected as Senate President. The leadership position was open after the retirement of Sen. Mary Lazich (R – New Berlin). Sen. Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green) was selected as the Senate President Pro Tempore. This position was vacant after the retirement of the late Sen. Rick Gudex (R – Fond du Lac).
Below is a full listing of the 2017-18 state legislature leadership.
2017-2018 Senate Majority Leadership
Senate President: Sen. Roger Roth (R – Appleton)
President Pro Tempore: Sen. Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green)
Majority Leader: Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau)
Assistant Majority Leader: Sen. Leah Vukmir (R – Brookfield)
Majority Caucus Chair: Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls)
Majority Caucus Vice-Chair: Sen. Van Wanggaard (R – Racine)
2017-2018 Senate Minority Leadership
Minority Leader: Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D – La Crosse)
Assistant Minority Leader: Sen. Janet Bewley (D – Ashland)
Minority Caucus Chair: Sen. Mark Miller (D – Monona)
Minority Caucus Vice-Chair: Sen. Janis Ringhand (D – Evansville)
2017-2018 Assembly Majority Leadership
Speaker: Rep. Robin Vos (R – Rochester)
Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Tyler August (R – Lake Geneva)
Majority Leader: Rep. Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna)
Assistant Majority Leader: Rep. Robert Brooks (R – Saukville)
Majority Caucus Chair: Rep. Dan Knodl (R – Germantown)
Majority Caucus Vice-Chair: Rep. Romaine Quinn (R – Rice Lake)
Majority Caucus Secretary: Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R – Oak Creek)
Majority Caucus Sgt. at Arms: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R – Salem)
2017-2018 Assembly Minority Leadership
Minority Leader: Rep. Peter Barca (D – Kenosha)
Assistant Minority Leader: Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D – Middleton)
Minority Caucus Chair: Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D – Beloit)
Minority Caucus Vice-Chair: Rep. Steve Doyle (D – Onalaska)
Minority Caucus Secretary: Rep. Beth Meyers (D – Bayfield)
Minority Caucus Sgt. at Arms: Rep. Christine Sinicki (D – Milwaukee)