State Assembly Republicans unanimously voted Tuesday to name Rep. Robin Vos Speaker of the Assembly.
Vos is the Republican representative for the 63rd Assembly District, which includes most of Mount Pleasant, all of Sturtevant and even little pieces of Caledonia and the City of Racine. He won re-election on Nov. 6 after facing Democratic challenger Kelley Albrecht from Burlington.
State Republicans regained the majority in the Senate and retained their majority in the Assembly after the November elections. Sen. John Lehman's win in the recall against former Sen. Van Wanggaard tipped the scales in the Democrats' favor for just about three months, but it mostly symbolic since the Legislature wasn't in session.
According to a press release from his office, Vos has a list of issues he plans to address as speaker including a new mining bill, income tax relief across the board, education reform that addresses rewarding teachers for a doing a good job, and a top-down review of all rules and regulations.
"We must eliminate burdensome regulations that impede business growth,” he said in the statement. “We’re at a crucial time in our state. We must continue moving our economy in the right direction.”
Vos is finishing up some work as one of the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance. He is the 75th Speaker of the Assembly and the second from Racine County.