Senate Committee on Education



On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Education met for a public hearing. I testified on a bill I authored alongside Senator Darling, Senate bill 69. This is the Senate version of Assembly Bill 55. The education of our children is one of the most important issues we can and need to address. Senate Bill 69 adds Holocaust and other genocide curriculum to be taught as a part of social studies education. Instruction on these topics would be required to be taught once in grades 5 to 8 and again in grades 9-12.

This legislation is needed to combat the rising lack of knowledge about the Holocaust by American youth. A survey from 2018 found that two-third of millennials did not know what Auschwitz was and almost a quarter of millennials didn’t even know what the Holocaust was. That is simply unacceptable. To counter this disturbing trend, it is essential that we teach our students about the atrocities of the Holocaust and honor the memories of those who lives were taken during that horrific period and those who survived. “Never Again” is a phrase often used in conjunction with Holocaust remembrance and the first step in ensuring it never happens again is to make sure that we never forget what happened. This is even more imperative as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles further each year. This Bill passed unanimously in the Assembly last session, and I look forward to the same outcome again this session.




Unemployment System




A special Session was held Tuesday to address the issues the unemployment system has been having over the last year. I voted Tuesday to upgrade the computer systems used for processing unemployment claims by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The legislation passed on a bi-partisan 89-0 vote and now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.



Please see my Press release below:




UI Assistance Form


I would like to remind anyone who is currently facing issues with receiving their unemployment insurance, my staff and I are here to help. Please feel free to reach out to my office.

You can reach my office by phone (608)-266-3404, by email at, or by filling out the UI form that is on my website here.