Republicans Cannot Be Trusted with WI's Redistricting Process
We will not participate in Republicans’ shady political schemes to maintain their manufactured majority. The amendment containing the maps received neither a public hearing nor a committee vote and was not made public until after today’s legislative session began. That is not how the government is supposed to work.
Sen Hesselbein Statement: Governor Evers Swiftly Provided Communities with Needed Federal Relief Dollars - Now Republicans Want to Stand in the Way
Now, Wisconsin Republicans, who control the legislature and remained inactive for more than 300 days during a global pandemic, are attempting to slow this process down by passing Assembly Joint Resolution 6. The resolution would prohibit the Governor from exercising his power—a power first granted to the Governor during the Great Depression to enable the state to take full advantage of any federal funds that were made available.
Sen. Hesselbein Congratulates Good Friend and Colleague, Rep. Considine, on His Retirement and 10 Years of Service
I want to congratulate Representative Dave Considine on an amazing career and thank him for his service to the state of Wisconsin. As Rep. Considine and I would travel through the district together, we met countless constituents and neighbors who always had a great story to share about how Dave and his team helped them.
Senator Hesselbein Commends Governor Evers' Action to Veto Yet Another Set of Gerrymandered Republican Maps
Wisconsinites have made it very clear that they do not want political games. They want fair maps. With his veto today, Governor Evers continues to listen to the will of the people and will not stand for gerrymandering in Wisconsin.
Senator Hesselbein Applauds Sen. Lena Taylor's Appointment to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Senator Taylor is a fierce and effective advocate for the people of Milwaukee and her dedication to her community is unmatched. I am confident that the Senator will diligently fulfill the duties of a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge because of her equitable pursuit of justice and commitment to the truth.
Senator Hesselbein Reacts to Governor Evers' State of the State Address
Governor Evers' priorities align with the values that the vast majority of Wisconsinites hold near to them. There are so many actions that we must take before this legislative session adjourns to support Wisconsinites, improve the lives of people residing here, and attract new families and individuals to our state.
Hesselbein & Neubauer Respond to Republican Proposal Making Abortion Less Accessible
Today marks the 51st Anniversary of the monumental Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, protecting a person’s constitutional right to choose. Unfortunately, that right was stripped away from millions of people when right-wing extremists on the US Supreme Court overturned Roe in 2022. Now, Wisconsin Republicans are again attempting to roll back abortion access.
Senate Democrats Named in Redistricting Lawsuit Submit Legislative Map to Supreme Court
Today Senator Tim Carpenter (Milwaukee), Senator Chris Larson (Milwaukee), Senator Mark Spreitzer (Beloit), Senator Dianne Hesselbein (Middleton), and Senator Jeff Smith (Brunswick)—the five Senate Democrats named in the lawsuit— filed their proposed remedial map (linked below) and released the following statement
Bipartisan Legislation Authored by Senator Hesselbein and Representative Joers to Increase College Accessibility and Unanimously Recommend for Passage
As parents, we both recognize the financial challenges that families and individuals face when pursuing their career paths after high school. We are proud to put forward legislation that eases that cost burden and encourages our young people to chase their dreams.
Senate Democratic Leader Denounces Republicans' Continued Attacks on Abortion Access
There is absolutely no room for any politician to insert themselves in the private medical discussions between a patient and their trusted physician, and they certainly should not pretend to know more about providing medical care than the doctors who underwent years of schooling and professional training.
Senator Hesselbein and Representative Neubauer Vote to Release UW Pay Increases after Months of Delay by Speaker Vos and Legislative Republicans
Republicans’ hateful and unpopular agenda does not move Wisconsin forward, and in fact causes great
harm to our state’s premiere economic engine. The vote taken today should have been done months ago
and should never have been used as a bargaining chip in Republicans’ deeply misguided political
Senator Hesselbein Statement: Gov Evers Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address PFAS in Wisconsin Communities
I applaud the comprehensive plan put forth by Governor Evers and the DNR to address PFAS contamination in Wisconsin. Not only does the plan provide affected communities with grants to assist in their remediation and prevention efforts, but also funds for PFAS disposal and destruction efforts, in addition to public health intervention and research resources.
Senate Democrats Condemn Continued Republican Attacks on Universities of Wisconsin
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an essential part of our state’s strength. It is shameful that Republicans in the legislature continue to sow division and stoke culture wars. Negotiating behind closed doors to undermine initiatives that support underrepresented communities is unacceptable and hurts our state.
SENATOR HESSELBEIN STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR EVERS’ VETO OF AB 465
I am grateful to Governor Evers for his steadfast promise to veto any legislation that harmfully targets the ability of LGBTQ+ people and youth to live their lives authentically. This veto sends a message to the transgender and nonbinary people of Wisconsin that they are loved, they are seen, and they are respected.