Hamilton Political Tidbits- January 5, 2015

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 January 5, 2014  


The State Capitol is full and buzzing today as every state official elected in November is inaugurated today. In this special edition of Tidbits we have all the information you need to get this year started: full legislative lists, committee assignments, caucus leadership, and our continuing "Get to Know a Freshman" series.


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Back in Session


A formal ball will be the nightcap to the official kickoff of Governor Walker's second term. The Governor participates in his second Inauguration Day ahead of what appears to be another round of significant reforms.


But there is no dancing around it, most are watching to see how and when he wades into the 2016 race for president.



Get to Know a Freshman Series

In each edition of Tidbits since Election Day, Hamilton Consulting has featured the "Get to Know a Freshman" Series, bringing you information on new legislators.

In week 4 of the series we bring you updates on the newly re-elected Senator Van Wanggaard, and introduce you to State Representatives Terry Katsma, Tyler Vorpagel, Adam Jarchow, and Cody Horlacher.

Get to Know a Freshman: Week 4

Past "Get to Know a Freshman"
  • Week 1: State Senators Devin LeMahieu and Janis Ringhand; State Representatives Joel Kitchens and David Bowen
  • Week 2: State Senators Janet Bewley and Steve Nass; State Representatives Jonathan Brostoff and David Steffen
  • Week 3: State Senators Howard Marklein and Roger Roth; State Representatives Janel Brandtjen and Mark Spreitzer
2015-2016 Wisconsin State Legislature

2015-2016 State Legislature

State Senate: 18 Republicans, 14 Democrats, 1 Vacant
State Assembly: 63 Republicans, 36 Democrats

Committee Assignments

Throughout the holiday season, majority and minority leadership in both houses have released the committee assignments for state senators and representatives. Hamilton Consulting has all the information on committee assignments in one place:

Caucus Leadership

Top Left: Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader; 
Top Right: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, Senate Minority Leader; 
Bottom Left: Rep. Robin Vos, Assembly Speaker; 
Bottom Right: Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Minority Leader

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News Clips 


Challenges shelved as new state leaders are sworn-in: Pierce County Herald, Jan. 5, 2014

Scott Walker lists his priorities for Wisconsin Legislature before right-to-work bill: Chippewa Herald, Jan. 5, 2014 

Things to know about Wisconsin Legislature: Appleton Post Crescent, Jan. 4, 2014

Governor Walker to be sworn in for second term as Wisconsin's 45th governor: Fox6, Jan. 4, 2014 

GOP-led session of state legislature begins: The Journal Times, Jan. 4, 2014

Year-end interview with Assembly Minority Leader: WMTV, Dec. 23, 2014

Bies reflects on time in State Assembly: Door County Daily News, Dec. 23, 2014

Gov. Walker discusses taxes, right to work, presidential run: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 29, 2014.

GOP renews push to limit 'junk food' purchases with food stamps: Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 28, 2014.

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