Happy Holidays! As
always, it is an honor to serve as your representative from the 54th
As we approach the new year, I wanted to take the opportunity to update
you on my work in the Capitol and my priorities for the year ahead.
Thanks for taking the time to read my Legislative Newsletter. I hope
that you’ll always feel welcome to contact me, whether it’s by calling,
writing, or stopping by my office.
State Representative, 54th Assembly
Rep. Hintz, his wife Liz, and their dog
Moxie participate in the Oshkosh Holiday Parade.
End of 2015 Session, and a look
ahead to 2016
discusses legislation on the floor of the State Assembly with
Reps. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton) and Cory Mason (D-Racine)
joins his Democratic colleagues from the Joint Finance Committee
at a press conference on the state budget
Unfortunately the Legislature wrapped up 2015 with a
significant amount of work left undone. The main focus of
Republicans in the majority was on making dramatic changes to
Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws. One law passed dismantled
Wisconsin's non-partisan elections oversight board and another
deregulated most election spending by special interests,
corporations, and billionaires. Republicans also passed
legislation exempting political crimes from Wisconsin's version
of a grand jury investigation, and a bill that would make it
harder for consumers to challenge the debt collection industry
Looking to 2016, my priorities remain the same. I would
like state government to focus on making Wisconsin a
better place to find a well-paying job and raise a family.
Some issues I would like to see addressed in the coming session
are raising the minimum wage, making a college education more
affordable, addressing the worsening quality of drinking
water in some areas of our state, and an increased focus on
adequately funding our public school classrooms. I also
working on legislation that would provide mental health gap
services so low-income veterans can receive immediate counseling
and treatment during long VA wait times.
Winter Office Hours Schedule
|I like to
make myself available to my constituents as much as possible. Each month
I hold office hours from 10am-12pm at the Oshkosh Seniors
Center, 200 N Campbell Rd, Oshkosh. My office hours schedule
for the winter is as follows:
- Friday, January 22
- Friday, February 26
- Friday, March 18
I hope you will
feel free to stop by with any questions, comments, or concerns.
On December 11, Rep.
Hintz joined the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers in presenting the Day
by Day Warming Shelter with 25 sleeping mats recycled from
plastic bags from grocery and retail stores. Each mat requires
500 bags and takes 100 hours to make. Rep. Hintz commended the
Day By Day Warming Shelter as a vital organization that is
making a real difference in the lives of Oshkosh’s homeless.
- November 2: Attended
the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
- November 6:
Participated in the Board for People With Developmental
Disabilities' Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign
with constituent Stacy Ellingen.
- November 11: Participated in
the Oshkosh North High School 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony
- November 12: Walked in the
Oshkosh Holiday Parade
- December 2:
Attended the New North Summit in Oshkosh
- December 11: Attended the
CESA 6 Legislative Breakfast Forum with area educators and
- December 11: Joined the AT&T
Wisconsin Pioneers in presenting the Day by Day Warming
Shelter with 25 sleeping mats.
- December 18: Served as a
judge in the 5th Annual Caring Through Cookies
contest at Northpoint Medical and Rehabilitation Center.
Capitol Christmas Tree
|The Capitol Christmas Tree
for 2015 is a 40-foot balsam fir donated by Brad and Elizabeth
Kowieski of Rhinelander. The ornaments are made by Wisconsin
school children, and the theme for the tree this year is
The tree is typically on display after Thanksgiving until the
New Year. Located at 2 East Main Street, Madison,
WI 53702, the Capitol is open to the public weekdays from 8:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to
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Representative Gordon Hintz
109 North State Capitol
P.O. Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708
Toll Free: (888) 534-0054
Fax: (608) 282-3654