State Senate Democrats are sticking with Senator Jennifer Shilling as their minority leader.
The La Crosse Democrat noted the results of this month’s elections, which saw Democrats lose a seat in the chamber, show the party needs to focus on voters in all corners of Wisconsin, especially after the party struggled with voters in western Wisconsin and saw rural voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2012 shift their support to Republican Donald Trump this time around. “It is clear we need to make sure we are connecting with voters in rural parts of the state,” Shilling said.
Republicans will hold a 20-13 majority in the chamber next spring, and Shilling argued voters should blame “those that have been controlling the agenda for the last six years” if they feel the state is headed in the wrong direction.
Shilling faced no opposition and was unanimously re-elected to the position Tuesday.