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December Legislative Update

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December Legislative Update 

Written by Hoven Consulting, WiAHC Lobbyist 


Governor-elect Evers Selects Transition Team

Earlier this month, Governor-elect Tony Evers announced his choices for chief of staff and transition team, who will aid and advise in filling key positions in the Evers administration.

Evers selected his campaign manager, Maggie Gau, to serve as his chief of staff in the governor's office. Gau previously worked in various positions in the State Legislature. She also served as Deputy Political Director on the Obama 2012 re-election campaign.

Per the Evers campaign's press release, following are the individuals filling out the transition team, as well as their bios:

JoAnne Anton currently serves as the Director of Charitable Giving for Herb Kohl Philanthropies. Anton began her career in public service at City Hall as an assistant to former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and went on to serve in various key roles for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl for more than two decades. Anton currently serves on the boards of Safe and Sound Inc, Harbor District Inc, and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.

Chuck Pruitt (Milwaukee) is a Partner and Co-Managing Director of the A.B. Data Group. Pruitt formerly served on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, including terms as Vice President and President from 2007 to 2011. Pruitt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and the Board of Visitors of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amy Traynor (Eau Claire) is an Instructional Coach in the Eau Claire Area School District and the 2012-13 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year. Traynor is the teacher lead for the Every Teacher a Leader Summit at the state and regional level. She currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Network.

Jan Allman (Marinette) is the President, CEO & General Manager of the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC). Before joining MMC, Allman was the Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Navistar Corporation. Allman began her career at age nineteen at Ford Motor Company, where she worked for twenty-six years.

Dr. Veronica Gunn (Milwaukee) is the CEO of Genesis Health Consulting and a board-certified pediatrician. Gunn has been in clinical practice for more than two decades, and previously served as the Vice President of Population Health at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and was the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Tennessee's Department of Health.

Kevin Conroy (Madison) is the Chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. Conroy previously served as President and CEO of Third Wave Technology after working as an intellectual property counsel at GE Healthcare and an intellectual property litigator in Chicago.

Update on Extraordinary Session

In October, legislative leaders announced their intent to convene an extraordinary session sometime before the end of the year. Per state law, since the date is outside the previously agreed-upon legislative calendar, the session is considered “extraordinary.”

While the legislature has stated it could vote on an incentive package for Kimberly-Clark, legislative leaders have also hinted they make take up other bills during the session. However, no further specifics have been provided.

With the election of Democrat Tony Evers, legislative Republicans may look to tackle other issues while a Republican Governor is still in office to sign bills. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has considered rolling back some amount of executive power the legislature ceded to the Governor in 2011. In doing so, Vos maintains the legislature is poised to be on better negotiating footing with a Democratic governor. However, a specific package has not been proposed.

In his first post-election media availability, Walker reportedly said he would consider any proposal the legislature sends him in the coming weeks. However, he also seemed to indicate that whatever may come to his desk will not be significant.
The WiAHC lobbying team will provide updates as more information is made available.

Legislative Caucuses Elect Leadership for 2019-2020 Session
On Thursday November 8, the Senate Republican caucus and Senate Democrat caucuses both met separately to select their caucus leadership for the 2019-2020 legislature. Results are as follows:

Senate Republicans:
• Majority Leader – Sen. Scott Fitzgerald
• Assistant Majority Leader – Sen. Dan Feyen
• Senate President - Sen. Roger Roth
• Senate President Pro Tempore – Sen. Howard Marklein
• Caucus Chair – Sen. Van Wanggaard
• Caucus Vice Char – Sen. Patrick Testin

Senate Democrats:
• Minority Leader – Sen. Jennifer Shilling
• Assistant Minority Leader – Sen. Janet Bewley
• Caucus Chair – Sen. Mark Miller
• Caucus Vice-Chair – Sen. Janis Ringhand

During the week of November 12, the Assembly Republicans and Assembly Democrats selected their leadership. The results are as follows:

Assembly Republicans:
• Speaker – Rep. Robin Vos
• Speaker Pro Tempore – Rep. Tyler August
• Majority Leader - Rep. Jim Steineke
• Assistant Majority Leader – Rep. Mary Felzkowski
• Caucus Chair - Rep. Dan Knodl
• Caucus Vice Chair - Rep. Romaine Quinn

Assembly Democrats:
• Minority Leader – Rep. Gordon Hintz
• Assistant Minority Leader – Rep. Dianne Hesselbein.
• Minority Caucus Chair – Rep. Mark Spreitzer
• Minority Caucus Vice-Chair – Rep. Steve Doyle

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