Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Senate Veterans Committee Chair Loses Recall Election

Tuesday's recall elections spelled a significant change for Wisconsin veterans, with Senate veterans' affairs committee chair Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) losing a bid to retain his seat to former Oshkosh Deputy Mayor Jessica King.

Former U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and former Wisconsin National Guard member Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) was also defeated in Tuesday's recall election. He will be succeeded by State Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse)

Wisconsin State Senators with military service include:

Sen. Tim Cullen, former U.S. Army Reserve (D-Janesville)
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Retired U.S. Army Reserve (R-Juneau)
Sen. Bob Jauch, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran (D-Poplar)
Sen. Mark Miller, Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve (D-Monona)
Sen. Fred Risser, U.S. Navy WWII veteran (D-Madison)
Sen. Bob Wirch, former U.S. Army Reserve (D-Pleasant Prairie)

Cullen is the only current member of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs with military service.  The committee's vice-chair is Sen. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee).  It is unclear whether he will now be appointed to serve as the committee's chair.

--Anthony Hardie
Madison, Wis.

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