Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter, Edition 2

State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2015

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State Senator Van Wanggaard
21st Senate District

Wisconsin State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7882

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Local Events

Hunters Helping Soldiers
Brat Stop, Kenosha
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wisconsin Empty Bowls
Festival Hall, Racine
March 2, 2015

Spaghetti Dinner
St. Charles Church, Burlington
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hospice Alliance Fundraiser
The Club at Strawberry Creek, Kenosha
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chocolate Extravaganza
Burlington High School
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scholarship Pancake Breakfast
Masonic Lodge #28, Burlington
March 22, 2015

4th Annual Inspired by Ryan Arts Fair
Union Grove Elementary School
March 28, 2015

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Budget Listening Sessions
Speaker Robin Vos and I will be holding Joint Budget Listening Sessions in the District.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  The current dates and times are listed below.
Monday, March 23, 2015
3-4pm: Burlington Police Building, Burlington

Monday, March 23, 2015
5-6pm: Community State Bank, Union Grove

Monday, March 23, 2015
7-8pm: Village Hall, Mount Pleasant


Technical College Charter Bill 

This past week I introduced a bill that would grant Technical College Districts the ability to authorize and operate independent charter high schools that provide a curriculum focused on occupational education and training or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


By allowing technical colleges to authorize and administer charter high schools they have flexibility to develop curriculum and training that will prepare students for the in-demand careers of today's workforce. The proposal could also open up further opportunities for students to earn technical college credits while in high school, reducing their time to graduate with an Associate’s Degree.

Wisconsin Exports Hit Record High
Growth in agriculture, water technology and biotechnology

In 2014, Wisconsin's exports rose 1.4 percent to an all time high of $23.43 billion in exports worldwide.  The export growth is spurred by an increase in shipments to Wisconsin's top export destinations- Canada and Mexico. 

Increase of 13.6 percent in 2014 to a record $3.7 billion.

Water Technology
Increase of 7.4 percent to $5.03 billion.

Increase of 6.8 percent to $3.11 Billion.

More information regarding Wisconsin's exports can be found here:


Personal Jurisdiction Bill, Senate Bill 9

Senate Bill 9, the personal jurisdiction bill I have co-authored with Representative Amy Loudenbeck strengthens legal protections for victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, or harassment, and empowers Wisconsin law enforcement officers and courts to extend protections to these victims from abusers even if they do not live in Wisconsin.  This measure provides security for victims who receive threatening or harassing messages via digital communication such as social media, email, or text.  We live in a highly mobile, high-tech society and unfortunately harassment does not stop at state lines.  We want to protect our citizens to the best of our ability.  Victims of harassment should not have to second guess whether Wisconsin law can shield them from an abuser.  This bill clarifies our current statutes and strengthens victims’ rights.  Our proposal has received wide bipartisan support and will hopefully be one of the first bills Governor Walker signs into law.  On February 18th, Assembly Bill 10, the companion bill to Senate Bill 9, was voted out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.  Assembly Bill 10, has already passed on a voice vote in the Assembly and is likely to pass the Senate on Tuesday, February 24th.

A copy of my press release can be found here: Click.
You can view the interview on TMJ4 here: Click.


Opening of Wilmot Mountain New Tubing Run 

I had an awesome time at Wilmot Mountain in Salem with Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Senator Steve Nass to celebrate the opening of their new tubing run on Friday, February 6, 2015. (Photo: Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) pushing Secretary Stephanie Klett down the hill.)

Eagle Scout Recognition Ceremony

I was proud to present Eagle Scout Garrett Wilkins with a citation at his Eagle Scout recognition ceremony in Racine on Sunday, February 8th(Photo: Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) with Troop 126).

Visit with Chancellor Ford at UW-Parkside

On Friday, February 13th, I visited Chancellor Debbie Ford at her office on the University of Wisconsin - Parkside campus.  Photo (left to right): Mel Klinkner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Chancellor Debbie Ford, Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and John Jaraczewski, Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement.

Visit to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints

On Monday, February 16, 2015 I met with several leaders from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints in Racine.  Photo (left to right): Susan Boland, President, Mary Ouimet, Senior Vice President, Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine),  Julie Hueller, Vice President of Operations- St. Luke's Campus,  Paul Mason, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints and Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group South Market.

Toolamation Services, Inc. & TJH Manufacturing

I attended a jobs announcement in Kenosha at the Toolamation Services, Inc. & TJH Manufacturing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Photo (left to right): Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Kenosha Alderman Keith Rosenberg- 9th District, Mayor Keith Bosman- City of Kenosha, Tony Deieso, President of Toolamation, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem).


Gateway Technical College participated in the Technical College Showcase at the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 17th.  The showcase highlights the incredible work technical colleges do, both in and out of the classroom.  I met with veterans Michael Peterson of Racine and Juan Salazar of Kenosha.   They spoke about the Wisconsin Fast Forward- Blueprint for Prosperity Grant and veteran support services offered at Gateway Technical College. Photo (left to right): Michael Peterson, Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Juan Salazar.

I met with Tammy Rosenberg (right) of Pleasant Prairie and Susan Rudd (left) from Parallel Employment in Racine at my office in Madison on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Andrea Donegan of Burlington stopped by as part of Wisconsin School Counselors Legislative Day at the Capitol.

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