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Kramer, not Knudson, elected Assembly GOP leader

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

MADISON – Local Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) won’t be the new Wisconsin Assembly majority leader. Instead, today Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) was elected to the post.

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Kramer will replace Scott Suder of Abbotsford, who stepped down Tuesday after Gov. Scott Walker made him a division administrator in the state’s Public Service Commission.

The majority leader’s post is the second-most powerful in the Assembly, behind the speaker. Kramer had been serving as the Assembly’s speaker pro tempore.

In an email statement sent shortly after 2 p.m. today, Knudson congratulated Kramer.

“Today Assembly Republicans elected a smart, tough, and experienced leader in Rep. Kramer,” said Knudson. “Our caucus knows he is battle-tested, and he has our confidence. Bill is more than capable of success in his new role and the Assembly and our state should benefit greatly from his stewardship.”

Knudson has represented the 30th District in the Assembly since 2010. His current assignments include vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities and member of the Assembly Committee on Finance and the Joint Committee on Finance.

Kramer was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and has been elected by his peers to serve as the Assembly’s speaker pro tem since 2011. He is also a member of the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions.

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