NEW INFORMATION: Strachota elected Wis. Assembly majority leader

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have picked Rep. Pat Strachota to serve as their majority leader, making her the first female majority leader in state history.

Strachota replaces Rep. Bill Kramer, who was voted out unanimously Tuesday amid allegations that he sexually harassed at least two women last week.

The 58-year-old Strachota announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election to a sixth term in order to spend more time with her 90-year-old mother. But now she will take on the second most powerful position in the Assembly.

She will also help Republicans on the campaign trail this fall. Republicans hold a 60-39 majority.

Strachota, of West Bend, beat Rep. Mary Williams for the post. Williams, of Medford, is also retiring at the end of the year.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans in the Wisconsin state Assembly have removed the majority leader from his post amid allegations that he groped one woman and verbally abused another during a trip to Washington last week.

The GOP lawmakers unanimously voted to strip state Rep. Bill Kramer of his leadership post during a meeting Tuesday. Kramer checked into a treatment facility for an unspecified reason on Saturday and wasn't present at the meeting. He hasn't commented on the allegations.

Majority leader is the second most powerful position in the Assembly after the speaker.

Kramer, of Waukesha, was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and was chosen as majority leader in September. The Republicans hold a 60-39 majority in the Assembly.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans plan to vote on removing Rep. Bill Kramer as majority leader amid allegations that he groped a woman after a Washington fundraiser last week and verbally abused another on the flight home.

Kramer has checked himself into an unspecified treatment facility and is not expected to be at the meeting. He has not commented on the allegations.

Republican leaders called the meeting to remove Kramer as majority leader, the second most powerful position in the Assembly. It wasn't known whether another lawmaker would be elected to take his spot or if it would be left vacant.

Kramer, of Waukesha, was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and was chosen as majority leader in September to replace Scott Suder.


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