New Leadership in the State Senate

The State Senate convened on Tuesday, July 17 to formally transfer control of the upper house to Democrats. Control of the Senate flipped to the Democrats after John Lehman (D-Racine) was sworn in following the June 5 recall elections.

Sen. Fred Riser was chosen to serve as Senate President; Tim Carpenter as President Pro-Tempore; and Mark Miller as Senate Majority Leader. In addition to the Senate leadership changes, Majority Leader Mark Miller made the following committee assignments:

  • Joint Committee on Finance: Lena Taylor (Milwaukee), Chair; Dave Hansen (Green Bay), Vice Chair; Bob Jauch (Poplar); John Lehman (Racine); Jennifer Shilling (LaCrosse); and Chris Larson (Milwaukee)
  • Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules: Chris Larson (Milwaukee), Chair
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Council: Fred Risser (Madison), Chair
  • Joint Committee on Audit: Kathleen Vinehout (Alma), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Elections and UW System: Kathleen Vinehout (Alma), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Economic Development, Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Biotechnology: Julie Lassa (Stevens Point), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Education and Corrections: John Lehman (Racine), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism: Jim Holperin (Eagle River), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Health, Revenue, Tax Fairness and Insurance: Jon Erpenbach (Middleton), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Job Training, Technical Colleges and Workforce Development: Jessica King (Oshkosh), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Job Creation, Energy and Utilities and Rural Affairs: Jennifer Shilling (La Crosse), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations: Fred Risser (Madison), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Children and Families, Disability Rights and Housing Sustainability: Spencer Coggs (Milwaukee), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Seniors, Public Health and Human Services: Tim Carpenter (Milwaukee), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Financial Institutions and Retirement Security: Dave Hansen (Green Bay), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Labor, Consumer Buying Power and Consumer Protection: Bob Wirch (Kenosha), Chair
  • Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness: Bob Jauch (Poplar), Chair.

Though Sen. Miller called for the legislature to come back to work on jobs bills, the legislature is not likely to re-convene before the November general elections, when control of the Senate is again up for grabs.