Press Releases


Wanggaard Appointed Chair of Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee "Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) has been reappointed as Chair of the State Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety and will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Senate Labor Committee, and Senate Co-Chair of the Law Revision Committee and Joint Survey Committee on Criminal Penalties."
State’s Largest Police Association Names Van Wanggaard Legislator of the Year "Last week, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced that Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) had earned one of two 'WPPA Legislators of the Year' awards."
Senator Wanggaard Seeking Applicants for Senate Scholar ProgramProcess "Senator Van Wanggaard is seeking Racine and Kenosha County high school students for the 2017 annual Senate Scholar Program."
Freight Rail Day held in Green Bay "State Senator Van Wanggaard addressed attendees during the Wisconsin Railroad Association's 10th annual Freight Rail Day in Green Bay"
Senator Wanggaard to Receive "Friend of Grocers" Award "State Senator Van Wanggaard will receive the 'Friend of Grocers' award from the Wisconsin Grocers Association on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Richter’s Marketplace in Burlington."
NFIB Bestows Senator Van Wanggaard with Coveted Guardian Award "This award, which is NFIB’s highest honor, is reserved for elected officials who have tirelessly stood up for the best interests of small business owners in the Legislature."
MADD Announces 2016 Legislators of the Year in Wisconsin "Wanggaard one of Six Legislators Recognized for Leading Drunk Driving Legislation"
Statement on Governor Walker Delaying I-94 N-S Expansion - Again “On a snowy night 5 1/2 years ago, I was told that work on I-94 in Racine And Kenosha Counties would be prematurely halted so that work could start on the Zoo Interchange. I was promised at that time and repeatedly since that the I-94 N-S expansion would be completed in the 17-19 budget."
Current State Spending For Milwaukee Is Unsustainable Without Changes "Recent complaints from Milwaukee leaders about their lack of state funding are misguided and lack perspective. One Milwaukee alderman claimed that Milwaukee gets mere "peanuts" in funding. Another Milwaukee leader told state legislators to "leave us alone." They can't have it both ways."
Racine Selected to Pilot Drunk Driving Reduction Project The new program, dubbed “24/7 Sobriety” requires participants to be under near-constant monitoring for drug and alcohol use and has shown success in other states.
Statement on Events in Dallas "I ask that everyone pray for the officers’ families who gave their lives to protect the rights of others. Please pray for all emergency service personnel to keep all of our guardians under God 's protection."
"Alicia's Law" Targets Child Sex Predators "A bill providing $1 million in new funding and easing the process of capturing sexual predators of children became law today."
Governor Walker Signs Locker Room Privacy Bill "Assembly Bill 566 was drafted and introduced by Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in response to the locker room hidden-camera case in which women and children were secretly video-taped in the locker room of the recreation facility in Kenosha County by another facility-user."
Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Now Official "Today, at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home in Spring Green, Governor Walker created the “Frank Lloyd Wright Trail” by signing Assembly Bill 512 into law. The new designation will include roadway signs defining the trail, and directional signs to Frank Lloyd Wright tourist destinations."
Kerkman/Wanggaard Locker Room Privacy Bill Ready for Governor "The legislation was drafted in response to the hidden-camera case in Kenosha County in which women and children were secretly video-taped in the locker room of the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex."
Walker Signs Five Wanggaard Bills Into Law "Over the last two days, Governor Walker has signed five bills authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) into law. The bills enhance public safety, and make it easier to access government documents for the average citizen."
Bill Targeting Child Sex Predators Clears Senate Unanimously “Alicia’s Law,” which streamlines the process of finding sex predators of children online, cleared the State Senate on a unanimous vote today."
Statement on Senate Bill 82- the Criminal Procedure Code Rewrite "This afternoon, I scheduled Senate Bill 82, which was the completion of 23 years of work updating the criminal procedure code to reflect case law and current practice, for an executive session. Unfortunately, I had to pull the bill from the vote because lack of support."
Statement on Senator Wirch’s Misleading Press Release "I authored Senator Bill 221 because I share Senator Wirch’s passion to allow people to possess CBD oil. As CBD advocates and Senator Wirch know, I have been working to garner support for the bill in both the Senate and Assembly for months."