As they say about March “In like a lion, out like a lamb” could be said of the November elections. Billions of dollars and several long contentious months went into electing a new President and changing the majority control in the U.S. Senate, and in the end nothing changed.
President Obama won re-election, and the net results of the Senate and Congressional races across the country left the majorities as they were--Republicans still control the U.S. House and Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate. Contributing to these results was Wisconsin’s election of Democrat Tammy Baldwin to the Senate to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.
At the state level, the political landscape changed slightly. Control of the State Senate has been returned to Republicans with the election of Tom Tiffany in Minocqua replacing retired Senator Jim Holperin, and the defeat of Democrat Jessica King in Fond du Lac by Rick Gudex. The Republican State Assembly came back with a strong majority of 60 seats to 39 democrat seats.
Overall, there are 28 new faces in the Legislature—referring to those that have not served in one house or the other and are new to the State Assembly or Senate. Inauguration day is January 8, 2013 and between now and then is a great time to reach out and get to know these individuals. Invite them to your school, tell them your success stories and forge a relationship now.
We guarantee the relationship will be mutually beneficial as they are eager for information and we are eager for their support! Click here for guidance on how to host a legislator in your school. We have this resource for you to get you started.