Press Releases


Mothers Against Drunk Driving Honor Van Wanggaard Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) was recognized today as one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD’s) Legislators of the Year.
Statement on Protestors Outside of GOP Debate “On the eve of Veteran’s Day and the 240th Anniversary of the Marine Corps, at a time when Milwaukee and Wisconsin should be celebrating our country for being at the epicenter of our democratic process, protestors chose to disrespect the very symbol of that democracy."
Statement on Passage of Campaign Finance and Government Accountability Board and Reform Bills "We cannot ignore the multiple courts that have instructed the legislature to rewrite our campaign finance laws. These laws have not been updated since 1974, and recent and not-so-recent court decisions have made our laws a 'jumbled mess.' ”
Transparency in John Doe Investigations a Must "In an era when candidates for office and the public are rightly demanding more transparency into government affairs, John Doe investigations seal away information about potential government corruption, and potential government overreach."
John Doe Law Reforms Needed to Protect Everyone "Wisconsin’s John Doe laws are a very powerful investigatory tool. John Doe investigations are by definition secretive, and can be far-reaching. They are open-ended and can be used to investigate any crime... "
Statement of Senate Judiciary Chairperson Van Wanggaard on Wisconsin Supreme Court’s John Doe Decision "Today’s Supreme Court decision shutting down the renegade Government Accountability Board’s theory of campaign finance laws is a complete victory for free speech. But there is still work to do."
Public Safety and Pro-Consumer Bills On Their Way to Governor Wanggaard authors three bills that lower interest rates, and protect the public
Statement on Proposed Milwaukee Arena Plan “When evaluating any proposed arena plan, my first priority is to ensure that Racine and Kenosha county taxpayers are not subject to any new tax, or further continuation of the never-ending Miller Park tax."
Joint Letter with Representative Kleefisch to Police Chief Flynn "Representative Kleefisch and I recently expressed our disappointment that Chief Flynn flippantly refused our invitation to testify before our committees this week to explain the loss of data by the Milwaukee Police Department."
Kleefisch, Wanggaard Want Answers Joint Public Safety Hearing called in response to misplaced evidence
Facts, Not Emotion or Rhetoric, Guide Good Policy The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reflexive editorial opposing the repeal of the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases is high on rhetoric. Unfortunately, it is mostly devoid of facts...
Walker Signs Wanggaard’s Cyberstalking Bill Into Law “Victims are often targeted through many of today’s modern communications methods,” said Wanggaard. “Harassers will often use text messages, Facebook and Twitter to target their victims thinking they are safe from the law. As of today, that is no longer the case.”
STATEMENT ON TRAGIC DEATH OF TROOPER TREVOR CASPER “The loss of one law enforcement officer's life is a loss to all in Wisconsin...
STATEMENT ON REINSTATEMENT OF WISCONSIN’S VOTER ID LAW “After a needless four year delay by opponents, I’m glad the US Supreme Court has finally ruled that Wisconsin’s voter ID law is, and always was, constitutional...
CYBERSTALKING BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR WALKER MADISON – A bill helping protect victims from cyberstalking and out-of-state harassment passed the State Senate today on a voice vote. The bill now goes to Governor Walker for his signature...
Sen. Wanggaard, Rep. Kerkman and Rep. Weatherston to Hold District Listening Sessions Madison… Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) is holding joint listening sessions with Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) on Thursday, March 26th and with Representative Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia) on Thursday, April 2nd in the district. The sessions are an opportunity to hear from residents about the proposed 2015-17 biennial budget from Governor Walker...
Speaker Vos & Sen. Wanggaard to Hold Listening Sessions Madison…Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) are holding joint listening sessions on March 23rd in their Racine County districts. The sessions are an opportunity to hear from residents about the proposed 2015-17 biennial budget from Governor Walker...
Statement on Passage of Right-to-Work Law “My number one goal as a state senator is to grow the state’s economy. This bill puts us in a more competitive position to expand and recruit jobs and businesses...
Statement on Potential Right-to-Work Legislation “As I have said many times in the past, No one should be forced to join a union to have a job...”
Statement on Governor Walker’s Decision on Proposed Hard Rock Casino “While I respect the Governors decision to reject the Kenosha Casino, I believe this is the wrong choice for Kenosha, Racine and Wisconsin. This is especially true given the Menominee’s agreement to indemnify the state for lost revenue.”
Sen. Wanggaard and Rep. Loudenbeck Author Domestic Violence Legislation Madison, WI – Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) are circulating for co-sponsorship legislation that empowers courts to protect victims from abusers who reside in other states...