November 24, 2004



Schultz Announces Committee Chairs on Key Issues 

Senate GOP Has Heard the Citizens Loud and Clear


(Madison)  Senate Majority Leader Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) announced further committee chairmanships today saying Senate Republicans will waste no time in responding to the state’s citizens on issues that concern them most.


“As my colleagues and I traveled the state listening to our friends and neighbors during the past campaign season, we consistently heard four major areas of concern,” Schultz said.  “Jobs, health care, taxes and cleaning up the election process are where people want us to focus.”


Schultz then unveiled the committees and their respective chairs that dealt with those issues.


Senator Michael Ellis (R-Neenah) will chair the Senate Committee on Campaign Finance Reform and Ethics.  Joining Ellis will be Senator Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) and Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn).


The Senate Committee on Labor and Election Process Reform will be chaired by Senator Tom Reynolds (R-West Allis).  Joining Reynolds will be Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield).


Senator Carol Roessler (R-Oshkosh) will chair the Senate Committee on Health, Children, Families, Aging, and Long Term Care.  Joining Roessler will be Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Senator Ron Brown (R-Eau Claire).


The Senate Committee on Job Creation, Economic Development, and Consumer Affairs will be chaired by Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield).  Joining Kanavas will be Senator Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire) and Senator Tom Reynolds (R-West Allis).


Today’s announcements follow Schultz’ appointments to the Committee on Joint Finance which deals with the state budget, and the creation of a special committee to address the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.


“People have told us time and again to put the partisan bickering aside, show some leadership, and get results,” Schultz said.  “Senate Republicans, along with our friends in the Assembly, have listened to our citizens, and we want to make sure these concerns are addressed.”


Schultz said he plans to announce his final round of committee assignments in the week ahead.