MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers were expected to finish selecting their leaders for the upcoming session in a series of meetings on Tuesday afternoon.
The GOP emerged from last week’s elections with commanding majorities in both the Assembly and Senate. Assembly Republicans hold a 60-36 advantage with three races still too close to call;
Senate Republicans expanded their advantage to 21-11 with one race still too close to call.
Assembly Republicans planned to convene in a closed session at 1 p.m. to elect leaders. Robin Vos, who has held the speaker’s position since 2013, was expected to retain the post. Assembly
Democrats were scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m., with their gathering streamed live on Wisconsin Eye. Minority Leader Gordon Hintz was expected to retain his position.
Senate Democrats were set to meet privately at 1 p.m. Janet Bewley was expected to retain her position as minority leader. Senate Republicans picked Devin LeMahieu as majority leader last week. He replaces Scott Fitzgerald, who won an open congressional seat on Tuesday.
The two-year legislative session is set to begin in January. Lawmakers’ first tasks will be revising Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ executive budget and redrawing legislative district lines. Pressure is mounting on Republicans to do something to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin, but so far they haven’t signaled any plans. The GOP passed a pandemic aid package in April but hasn’t done anything to address the disease since — aside from mounting legal challenges to Evers’ stay-at-home order.