Press Releases


Statement on Extraordinary Session Despite the hysteria and knee jerk reactions that have abounded for the last week, these bills are not an assault on democracy or the powers of the Governor and Attorney General.
Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Announcement I cannot imagine a better friend personally, politically or legislatively than Paul Ryan. I am saddened, but understand, his announcement that he will not seek re-election. It is a sad moment for southeastern Wisconsin and the country.
Statement on Rep. Tom Weatherston’s Retirement Public service is often a thankless endeavor. I would like to thank Tom for his lifetime of service to Racine County, Wisconsin, and our country. I am glad he will continue to be a fixture in our area, and wish Tom the best in a well-earned retirement.
Repeat Drunk Drivers Will Lose License In just the last couple of weeks we’ve seen several 4-time drunk drivers in our area. It’s ridiculous and it’s got to stop.
Statement on Unanimous Senate Support to Close Lincoln Hills I appreciate my colleagues support to close Lincoln Hills by the end of 2020, and their investment in mental health treatment. I am especially thankful for the work of Governor Walker, Senator Fitzgerald, and Representatives Schraa, Goyke and others to push the bill across the finish line.
New Penalty for Drunk Drivers - Four Strikes and You're Out Repeat drunk drivers will permanently lose their driver’s licenses if they are convicted of 4 or more OWI-related offenses thanks to a bill on its way to Governor Walker’s desk. Senate Bill 135, authored by Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) passed the Ass
Wanggaard Bill Targeting Human Traffickers Passes Senate A bill making it easier to find and arrest human traffickers passed the State Senate on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. Senate Bill 541 allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to quickly learn who is using a hotel room for human trafficking.