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State Rep. Kerkman re-elected Assembly Republican Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) was unanimously elected Monday by the Assembly Republican Caucus to serve as the Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. In her fourth term as Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms, Kerkman will be serving the largest Assembly Republican Majority since 1957 as the Republicans have increased their membership by one seat with a […]

Sen. Wanggaard a Wisconsin Professional Police Association “Legislator of the Year”

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) recently announced that state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) had earned one of two “WPPA Legislators of the Year” awards. Wanggaard received this award because of his support and authorship of legislation favored by law enforcement during the previous legislative session. “Although I am honored to receive this distinction, I did not […]

It’s Election Day

It’s Election Day today with federal, state and county partisan offices on the ballot. Of special note locally are: The 61st Assembly District race, which pits current state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) and Amee Janus (D-Trevor) against each other. Most of Western Kenosha County (except for Wheatland) is in the 61st. All of the partisan county offices are uncontested. Polls […]

Sen. Wanggaard receives National Federation of Independent Business award

The National Federation of Independent Business has announced that Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-21) is a recipient of their Guardian Award. This award, which is NFIB’s highest honor, is reserved for elected officials who have tirelessly stood up for the best interests of small business owners in the Legislature. “Senator Van Wanggaard has been a strong advocate for Main Street […]

Governor signs Kerkman/Wanggaard locker room hidden-camera law

A bill drafted by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman and state Sen. Van Wanggaard that increases penalties for taking clandestine photos or videos of nude adults or children was among over 50 bills signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday. From a media release: (Wednesday) Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 566 into law.  Assembly Bill 566 was […]

Locker room video taping legislation authored by Kerkman & Wanggaard heading to gov.

Peeping Town offenses, including secret video taping in locker rooms, will carry tougher penalties if a bill authored by two local state legislators is signed by Gov. Scott Walker. From a press release issued by state Rep. Smantha Kerkman and state Sen. Van Wanggaard: Early this evening (Tuesday) the State Senate concurred in Assembly action […]

Four bills authored by Sen. Wanggaard signed by gov.

The following was submitted by the office of state Sen. Van Wanggaard: Governor Walker signed four bills authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) into law this morning. The bills authored by Wanggaard help open doors for entrepreneurs and small business, allow on-duty military personnel to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin, provides civil liability immunity for equine-assisted learning and […]

Kerkman and Ohnstad Good Samaritan passes Assembly

Form the office of state Rep. Smantha Kerkman: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) along with Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) brought forth Assembly Bill 308.  On Oct. 27, 2015, AB 308 passed the Wisconsin State Assembly on a bipartisan vote. Under AB 308, a person who damages a vehicle in order to rescue another individual or an animal would […]

Three Sen. Wanggaard bills awaiting gov.’s approval

Three bills authored by state Sen. Van Wanggaard have cleared their final legislative hurdle and are waiting Gov. Scott Walker’s signature. The bills focus on variable rate loans, off-duty police officers and legal handgun owners. From an announcement Wannggard’s office: The first bill, Assembly Bill 24, allows state chartered banks to offer promotional loan rates below the contracted index […]

Cyberstalking bill authored by Sen. Wanggaard signed by governor

A bill providing protection for victims of cyberstalking was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker this week. The bill, authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), allows courts to issue protective orders for victims of harassment in Wisconsin even if that harassment originates from out-of-state. “Victims are often targeted through many of today’s […]

Rep. Kerkman: Casino pact ruling puts gov. in better position to approve

The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs rejection of a contract provision that could have obligated the state to make up any money the Pottawatomietribe might have lost from a Menominee Tribe casino in Kenosha puts Gov. Scott Walker in a better position to approve the Kenosha casino, state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, contends in a statement […]

Kerkman sworn in as 61st Assembly Dist. representative

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) officially began her eighth term in the Wisconsin Assembly Monday when she was sworn in as the State Representative for the 61st Wisconsin Assembly District.  This marks the start of the 102nd Legislature in which Rep. Kerkman is the longest-serving Republican woman Assembly member and fifth longest-serving Assembly member overall. “I […]

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 […]

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