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Burlington Republican Robin Vos elected as new Assembly speaker

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The new speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly was elected by his majority party colleagues Tuesday.

Republican Robin Vos of Burlington was the only candidate to replace Jeff Fitzgerald, who decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to his Assembly post.

The 44-year-old Vos has been in the lower house since 2005, and he co-chaired the Legislature’s most powerful committee – Joint Finance – for the last two years.

Vos will help decide which bills get taken up, and which ones get ignored in an Assembly in which over six of every 10 members are Republicans.

Minority Assembly and Senate Democrats were also choosing their new leaders Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Majority Leader Scott Suder spoke up Tuesday for Roger Rivard – the first-term Republican who lost last week after saying his father who told him that “some girls rape easy.”

Rivard said the last few weeks have been rough, but he looks forward to traveling the country with his wife.

Suder told his Rivard and his colleagues he was proud to serve with the Rice Lake lawmaker – and he can attend the GOP Assembly caucuses any time. 

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