I received the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award from the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin. The award was presented to me by Diane Agrell, President of the School Nutrition Association-WI and Winneconne Community School District Food Service Director for a bill I introduced called the "Nutrition Education Act."
I had a chance to meet an amazing young woman at the Waupaca Fourth of July parade. Pictured with me is Danielle Thoe, who was crowned "Miss Amazing" 2018 in April. The Miss Amazing Pageant celebrates the identities, abilities and strengths of women and girls with disabilities.
I was honored by the Wisconsin Public Health Association and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards as the Public Health Legislator of the Year at an award ceremony in Montello. Kathy Munsey from the Green Lake County Health and Human Services Department presented the award.
Governor Walker signs Assembly Bill 690 into law. This new law allows counties to hold online mortgage foreclosure auctions.
Representative Joan Ballweg and I attended the Legislative Breakfast Forum at CESA 6 where we talked to education leaders in the area about the legislative session and what ideas and thoughts they have for schools in Wisconsin.
I participated in a program at Berlin High School to talk to students about the dangers of texting, and other smartphone use while driving. The program was sponsored by AT&T, AAA, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
I introduced Senate Joint Resolution 42, honoring the work of Dr. Karen Bogenschneider who recently retired as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars. The Family Impact Seminars help connect policy makers with research and data on issues facing families.
Representative Kevin Petersen and I visited with students and staff from the Waupaca Learning Center during their tour of the State Capitol.
Student representatives from Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) visited my office. CTSOs are part of career and technical education programs in middle and high schools. They give students the opportunity to showcase their learning and work. There are six state and nationally recognized CTSOs working with Wisconsin schools including DECA (marketing students), SkillsUSA (technology and engineering students), FBLA (business students), HOSA (health sciences students), FCCLA (family and consumer sciences students) and FFA (agricultural studies students).
I took the oath of office today along with other newly elected and re-elected State Senators.
Senator Olsen met with Mike Mazemke, Elizabeth Kuhr, Stephanie Doine, Bruce Meagher,and Doug Kulinski to discuss a new assisted living facility in Iola
Senator Luther Olsen explains to the Joint Audit Committee why he asked for an audit of the Veterans Home at King.
We stopped by to see Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney during the Governor's 2016 Tourism Ride through the state.
I had a chance to see First Lady Tonette Walker, Representative Kevin Petersen and Jeff Anderson from the Department of Tourism at the Waupaca Walk with Walker.
I had a great time talking with area veterans after the Princeton Memorial Day Parade.
Adams Friendship Elementary School visited the Capitol in March, 2016.
I spoke to the students from Adams Friendship Elementary when they visited in March about what it's like to be a State Senator.
Abigail Briquelet from the Iola Scandinavia School District spent a week in Madison learning the ins and outs of state government.
Cambria Friesland Elementary School visited the Capitol in March. It's great to meet so many elementary school students!
I had the honor to work with Attorney General Brad Schimmel and Representative Rob Hutton on Crime Victim Restitution legislation - Assembly Bill 663 was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting the Governor's signature.
Students from Waupaca Learning Center visited the State Capitol in March.
Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 458 into law. This bill provides homeowners with more information on a contractor they have hired by requiring certain information to be included on the building permit.
Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 640 into law. This bill clarifies legislative intent around some education provisions of the 2015-17 state budget.
Ripon's Murray Elementary School visited the Capitol to learn more about state government.
Quest Elementary School from Ripon visited the Capitol in February.
The students from Quest Elementary School in Ripon asked a lot of good questions about how state government works.
Senate Scholar Mariah Vanderleest from Berlin spent a week in Madison learning about the legislative process.
Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 386 into law. This bill makes improvements to the state's Adoption Records Search Program making it easier for adult adoptees to access medical information about their birth parents.
I've known Governor Scott Walker since we both served in the State Assembly together.
I testified before the Senate Education Committee on legislation I introduced.
Leadership Waupaca County was in Madison to talk to their legislators about issues important to Waupaca County.
The Education Committee held an informational hearing on how the mental health of students impacts their learning and the school environment.
Luther received a Working for Wisconsin Award from the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce at Brakebush Brothers in Westfield.
On June 18th, Luther had the honor of presenting Zoey Brooks, Wisconsin’s 67th Alice in Dairyland, with a citation. We are confident that Zoey will accomplish many great things during her tenure as Alice!
On Thursday, April 17th, Luther spoke at a “Texting and Driving…it Can Wait” event at Wild Rose High School. Texting is not the only activity that can distract a person while driving but it is one of the most dangerous. Remember no text is worth risking your life or the lives of others. #DriveEngaged
Luther thanks Governor Walker for signing 16 of his bills into law.
Luther had the opportunity to visit E.K. Machine’s new E.K. Power Products facility in Fall River with Governor Walker.
Luther had a great time shadowing and connecting with Clint Kendall of Wild Rose!
Luther, along with Representative Joan Ballweg, DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel and Alice in Dairyland Kristin Olson, visited Forest Lane Elementary School in Montello to congratulate Nathan Barganz. Nathan was the Wisconsin State Winner in the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
Meeting with Leadership Waupaca County.