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State Rep. Kerkman re-elected majority caucus sergeant-at-arms

The following press release is from state Rep. Samantha Kerkman: Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) was unanimously elected today by the Assembly Republican Caucus to serve as Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.  In her third term as Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms, Kerkman will be serving the largest Assembly Republican Majority since 1957:  63 members, including 18 […]

Sen. Johnson to host town hall in Trevor Friday

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson will host a town hall meeting at The Fire Pit, 12417 Antioch Road (Highway 83), Trevor Johnson will give his State of the Nation presentation, which highlights the fiscal challenges the country faces today. Following the presentation, Johnson will take questions from the audience. The town hall is scheduled to take […]

Rep. Kerkman adds legislative assistant

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) has a new addition to her staff in the Madison office. Nicole Walentowski has recently been hired on as Rep. Kerkman’s Legislative Assistant. Nicole was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and grew up enjoying the many recreational, educational, and community activities Wisconsin has to offer. Upon completing high school, […]

Wilmot grads serving in State Capitol

Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) recently stepped off the Assembly floor to greet a constituent, Caroline Russell, who is serving as an intern in State Rep. Melissa Sargent’s office. Both Rep. Kerkman and Caroline are graduates of Wilmot Union High School and former students of social studies teacher Bill Dinegan. Caroline was born and raised in […]

Kerkman urges Kenosha casino OK after Hard Rock announcement

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman issued another statement Thursday in support of the approval of a Menominee tribal casino in Kenosha. The latest statement references the announcement that the Menominee have contracted with Hard Rock International to operate the facility. Kerkman’s district includes most of Western Kenosha County. The casino would be located at the site […]

Kerkman co-chaired Joint Audit Committee calls for improvements to oversight of child placing agencies

The state Joint Audit Committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, released the following statement today regarding improvements to DCF Oversight of Child-Placing Agencies: Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of Child‑Placing Agencies (report 13-15). The Joint Legislative Audit Committee had approved the audit in February 2013 in response to concerns […]

Rep. Kerkman intros bill aimed at curbing infant deaths from co-sleeping while intoxicated

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman’s office released the following statement on Thursday regarding a co-sleeping bill she has introduced: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) has proposed a bill that will help prevent infant deaths from unsafe sleep conditions and create a penalty for those who cosleep with an infant while intoxicated. The proposed bill would make several […]

Sen. Lehman to host listening session in Paris

State Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) will be hosting a listening session on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town of Paris Public Safety Building, 16607 Burlington Road (Highway 142), Paris. The 21st Senate District that Lehman represents includes most of Western Kenosha County (except Wheatland) along with Pleasant Prairie, part of […]

Rep. Kerkman issues statement supporting Kenosha casino

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, whose district includes most of Western Kenosha County, has issued a statement supporting the opening of  Menominee Tribe casino in Kenosha just east of  I-94 on the site of the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park. In the statement, Kerkman lauds the impact of the casino for jobs and says she will be […]

Rep. Kerkman: Lottery audit shows areas for improvement

The state legislature’s Joint Audit Committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, Tuesday released its annual audit report on the Wisconsin Lottery. The committee’s statement on the audit said: The report contains both a program evaluation and a financial audit of the Lottery, whose revenues are used exclusively for property tax relief in Wisconsin. In […]

Kerkman co-authored FoodShare trafficking bill signed into law

Assembly Bill 82, which criminalizes FoodShare trafficking at the state level, was signed into law Monday by Gov. Scott Walker. The bill was brought forward by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills). AB 82 passed in the State Assembly earlier this session on a vote of 73-24, and shortly thereafter […]

Assembly enjoys kringle in honor of the Central High School softball team

Tuesday, members of the State Assembly enjoyed kringle in honor of the Central High School softball team winning the Division I State title against Kenosha Bradford High School. When they found out that the two final teams were Central and Bradford, Representatives Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) and Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) made a friendly wager on the […]

Rep. Kerkman attends Foster Care Flash Mob

Rep. Samantha Kerkman attended the Foster Care Flash Mob outside the State Capitol in Madison to support Foster Parent Recruitment. Jockey was a main sponsor of the May 29 event, providing t-shirts and umbrellas to all participants in support of this year’s campaign, “Shelter from the Storm.” The event raised awareness of the need for good […]

Kerkman and Kreuser laud state action on Income Maintenance programs

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser jointly released the following statement on supplemental state funding to Kenosha County to support Income Maintenance programs: State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser applauded the Joint Finance Committee today on its passage of items 7 and 8 of Motion #360 under the […]

U.S. Sen. Johnson to hold office hours in Twin Lakes

Senator Ron Johnson has announced that his staff would be available for mobile office hours on Friday, May 17, 11 am to noon at  Twin Lakes Village Hall, Board Room ,108 East Main Street, Twin Lakes. These office hours allow constituents to meet with the Senator’s staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding […]

Rep. Kerkman’s FoodShare trafficking bill passes state Senate

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman’s office released the following statement: Assembly Bill 82, which criminalizes FoodShare trafficking at the state level, passed the State Senate on a vote of 28-5. The bill was brought forward by Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) and Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills). AB 82 passed in the State Assembly last month on […]

Video: US Rep. Paul Ryan listening session in Bristol

U.S.. Rep. Paul Ryan held a constituent listening session at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol Thursday afternoon. I counted about 70 people in attendance when Ryan entered the room. A few more entered later. Security seemed higher than similar events in the recent past in Western Kenosha County. At least eight on-duty sheriff’s deputies were present. As is […]

Rep. Ryan to have listening session in Bristol Thursday

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is scheduled to conduct a listening session for Thursday, May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kenosha County, Highways 45 and 50, Bristol. “These listening sessions provide a great opportunity for me to answer questions, discuss the major legislative proposals before Congress, and address the concerns of First District […]

Rep. Kerkman: Audit shows more work needed on WEDC accountability

The Wisconsin State Legislature Joint Audit Committee today, co-chaired by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman,  released the following press release  regarding an audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In fiscal year 2011-12, WEDC administered 30 economic development programs through various grants, […]

Kerkman co-chaired committee calls for further review of UW System balances

The state  Joint Legislative Audit Committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, has released the following statement regarding auditing the UW Systems’s revenue balances: Some members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, along with co-chairs Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) and state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall), directed the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) to thoroughly review UW System’s program revenue […]

Kerkman co-chaired committee OKs audit of placements of sex offenders

Two Kenosha County legislators played a role in an audit of placements of sex offenders on supervised release approved today by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Here’s a press release from state Rep. Samantha Kerkman and state Sen. Robert Cowles, chariman of the committee: The Joint Legislative Audit Committee conducted a hearing at which the […]

Kerkman co-chaired committee calls for audit of DCF oversight of Child-Placing Agencies

Members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee have approved an audit of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) oversight of Child-Placing Agencies. The audit was approved unanimously by the Committee. “This audit is absolutely necessary to ensure that DCF and the Legislature have a clear understanding of how taxpayer funds are being spent by […]

Rep. Kerkman backs audit of DCF oversight of Child-Placing Agencies

At a hearing last week, members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved an audit of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) oversight of Child-Placing Agencies. The audit was approved unanimously by the Committee. “Ensuring the integrity of our public assistance programs is one of my highest priorities. The audit will provide a critical […]

Kerkman chaired special committee advances legislation on permanency for young children in welfare system

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman’s office released the follwoing statement regarding the Special Committee on Permanency for Young Children, which Kerkman chairs: The Joint Legislative Council (JLC) voted last week to advance all three pieces of legislation developed by the Special Committee on Permanency for Young Children in the Child Welfare System. State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall), […]

State grant for KD Park finalized

A grant that will help the county expand KD Park with a land purchase received final approval Monday, state Rep. Samantha Kerkman announced The grant was part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. From a statement release by Kerkman’s office: The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved a Stewardship Fund grant in the amount of $265,000 for […]

Kerkman co-chaired Audit Committee proposes audit of UW payroll and benefits processing

The Assembly Joint Audit Committee, of which state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) is  co-chair, is calling for an independent audit of the University of Wisconsin payroll and benefit processing system. From a press release from the committee: Today, Senator Robert Cowles (R-Allouez) and Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) announced that they have directed the nonpartisan Legislative Audit […]

Kerkman: Audit raises concerns about UW relationship with WiscNet

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) issued the following statement regarding a Legislative Audit Bureau report on the relationship between the University of Wisconsin (UW) System and WiscNet: Today, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released report 12-18 which details the relationship between the University of Wisconsin (UW) System and WiscNet. This audit report was statutorily required […]

Kerkman applauds DHS on fraud prevention in FoodShare

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman has released the following statement regarding a recent report on the state FoodShare Program: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) released a statement about a recent report by the Department of Health Services (DHS) to the co-chairs of the Joint Audit Committee on the FoodShare Program. The report outlines fraud investigation and prevention measures […]

Kerkman to retain leadership roles on Joint Audit and Ways and Means committees

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) said that she has received her committee chairmanship assignments for the upcoming legislative session. Kerkman will serve as Assembly Co-Chair of the Joint Audit Committee and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The 2013-2014 legislative session will mark Kerkman’s seventh term in the State Assembly and as a […]

Rep. Kerkman named GOP caucus Sergeant-at-Arms

From the office of state Rep. Samantha Kerkman: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) was unanimously elected by the Assembly Republican Caucus to serve a second term as Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session (on Nov. 13). The nomination was made by The Assembly Republican caucus 60 members, 11 of which will be serving their first […]

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